Wrongful Death: How a Montana Personal Injury Attorney can Help You Recover

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Every state has its own wrongful death statute. Montana’s can be found at Montana Code section 27-1-513. It allows for compensation of damages suffered when “injuries to and the death of one person are caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.” Under such circumstances, the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. 

As per the Montana personal injury attorneys at Bulman Law & Associates, wrongful death actions are civil cases, but if the person who caused the decedent’s death is charged criminally, a wrongful death case can be pursued at the same time as the criminal prosecution. It would be heard in a different courtroom with a different judge and jury. Unless there was a homicide, any such case must be brought within three years of the date of the decedent’s death. This is a strict rule. There are very few exceptions to it. 

In the context of damages, our Missoula personal injury attorney would seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are relatively easy to total. They might consist of hospital and medical bills, lost past and future earnings, funeral and burial expenses and out-of-pocket damages. Non-economic damages are more difficult to ascertain. These might include pain and suffering before the moment of death, and the loss of care, guidance and companionship of the decedent for the surviving family members. 

Only a qualified, effective and respected Montana wrongful death lawyer should be representing the interests of the decedent’s survivors in a wrongful death case. If your grief is overwhelming, and you don’t feel as if you can endure meeting with us, designate a trusted family member to contact us to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We are going to listen to you or your family member closely and answer your questions. After that, we will advise you on what legal option you should exercise.

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  1. Consultations are always FREE. There is no fee unless we recover money for you.
  2. Delay in gathering evidence can hurt your case. Let us get started.
  3. Can you really trust the insurance company to take care of you?
  4. Insurance Companies have lawyers. What about you?
  5. Experience with injury claims is important it’s all we do. It’s all we have ever done.

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