Why you need an experienced legal team.
Injuries from improper medical care can be devastating. A person already in need of medical treatment is further injured by someone they trust. Handling legal claims for medical malpractice requires special expertise and experience. Doctors, hospitals and their insurance companies aggressively fight virtually all malpractice claims. They hire the best defense attorneys available and spend large sums defending these cases. To level the playing field, injured patients need lawyers who have years of experience in hundreds of malpractice cases and who can afford to meet the insurance companies dollar for dollar in preparing malpractice cases for trial.
We have unmatched experience in Montana medical malpractice cases.
Before dedicating themselves exclusively to representing injured patients, our senior partners, Doug Buxbaum and Craig Daue, had many years of experience defending doctors and hospitals in malpractice cases. On the defense side, Doug and Craig handled cases from virtually all medical specialties. They know what to expect from malpractice defendants. Doug began representing injured patients in 1992, and Craig in 1999. Since then, they have successfully represented many injured patients from across the entire state of Montana. John Fitzpatrick has worked with the firm since 1998. After assisting Doug and Craig in many malpractice cases, John has developed a strong practice of his own in this field. Supporting our lawyers are some of Montana’s best paralegals. We have recruited outstanding staff who have decades of combined experience in medical malpractice cases. Laurie Bersanti has worked with Doug for over 20 years, on both the defense side and in representing injured patients. Craig and Joan Rhodda have also worked together on the defense and plaintiff sides for 15 years. Ann Johnson and Lisa Parker joined our firm after extensive work in the legal field at other fine law firms. Doug, Craig, John and our excellent staff offer injured patients and their families unparalleled experience in the Montana medical malpractice field.
Determining if you have a valid malpractice claim.
Determining if you have a valid malpractice claim is the first, and one of the most important, steps in our work with you. Not all medical injuries and complications are avoidable. Knowing when a complication or injury was caused by improper care requires careful analysis of your medical records, thorough discussions with you and careful medical research. It may also require consultation with experts in the field. After an initial interview with one of our paralegals, which usually can be done over the phone, we will let you know if we believe your case merits further consideration. If it does, we will have you sign papers that will allow us to gather your medical records for review and we will arrange an appointment to meet and discuss your case.
Examples of recoveries we have made in malpractice cases.
No lawyer can guarantee success in any particular case, and although cases may seem similar, results can and do vary greatly from case to case. We invite you to look at the Results section of our website for examples of recoveries we have made for clients who were the victims of avoidable medical malpractice. The recoveries we have made for our clients are provided only as evidence of our experience in the malpractice field and should not be used to estimate the value of any other case.