The Bendell Law Firm, PLLC
Personal Injury Attorney Serving Kootenai County, Idaho
Bendell Law Firm, PLLC is a personal injury law firm dedicated to providing quality legal representation to the people of Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, and the rest of North Idaho. We are proud of our track record in representing victims of negligence and injury, fighting vigorously for their rights in court. We understand how difficult it can be when dealing with injuries following an accident, but our team is here to provide compassionate & knowledgeable guidance every step of the way.
Your medical expenses are just one aspect of the problem. You may be struggling to make ends meet and worried about your ability to resume work. The toll on your mental health can result in sleepless nights, and the constant pain can make you wonder if you’ll ever have a pain-free day again. Fortunately, our skilled Kootenai County personal injury law firm can help you navigate these challenges and seek compensation for your damages.
At the Bendell Law Firm in Post Falls, we make sure that those responsible for your injuries are held accountable. We don’t think you should ever settle for less than full and fair compensation. And we work hard to make sure that you get every penny you deserve.
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Table Of Contents
- 1. HIGHLY TENACIOUS PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY GO NOW
- 2. TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES WE HANDLE GO NOW
- 3. COMPENSATION FOR YOUR CLAIM GO NOW
- 4. PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS GO NOW
- 5. PROVING NEGLIGENCE IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE GO NOW
- 6. COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE GO NOW
- 7. HOW WE CAN HELP GET YOU THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY GO NOW
- 8. FAQs GO NOW
Highly Tenacious Personal Injury Attorney
With 40 years of experience in personal injury law, attorney Jim Bendell offers valuable expertise to clients. Having previously worked as a litigator for insurance companies, he possesses a unique understanding of their strategies and perspectives, which he can leverage to benefit his clients. Additionally, he and his team are willing to tackle the most challenging cases, including those that involve life-altering injuries, multiple liabilities, and catastrophic harm.
We understand that severe injuries can cause emotional turmoil and financial stress for the injured and their families, particularly if a loved one has passed away as a result of the accident. For this reason our team takes on the burden of dealing with insurance adjusters so that clients can focus on healing.
While negotiation is the preferred method of resolving cases, Jim is not afraid to take a case to court if necessary to ensure that clients receive justice. Led by experienced trial our lawyer is s known for aggressive representation and a track record of success in obtaining the financial compensation that clients deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
If an individual has sustained an injury in an accident caused by another party, it is recommended to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At Bendell Law, we can help you get the best possible compensation in cases that include:
- Car accidents
- Wrongful death
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
Compensation for your claim
If your injury was caused by the negligence or reckless behavior of another, you have the right to file a claim for compensation. Motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, dog bites, and injuries caused by defective products are all examples of personal injury cases for which you can file a lawsuit to recover damages.
Personal Injury Claims
We understand that total compensation means more money for current medical needs, but compensation for the possibility that you may be out of work for a long time. Or perhaps you may never be able to work again. You may have medical needs for years to come, or even for the rest of your life. You can and should be compensated for your damages.
There are two avenues of compensation we pursue; economic and non-economic. Economic losses are those which are more easily calculable and have explicit monetary values; ergo, they are “objective.”
They include costs of:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical care—including physician, hospital, and pharmacy bills
- Domestic services
- In the case of wrongful death, funeral expenses
Non-economic damages in Idaho are intangible and “subjective”. They were originally capped at $250,000 but are recalculated annually. Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Destruction or impairment of the parent-child relationship
Our Post Falls personal injury lawyer has extensive experience in helping those with the most debilitating and permanent injuries and won’t be afraid of helping your case.
Proving Negligence In A Personal Injury Case
Chances are you have insurance to protect your Post Falls home, your car, as well as life and health insurance. That’s important, but while you buy insurance to protect your assets, insurance companies do all they can to protect theirs, too. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Even when proof is presented that shows the “other guy” was clearly at fault, the insurance company will try to shift as much of the blame as possible on you.
These types of maneuvers are acts of bad faith. But by proving negligence, insurance companies lose their wiggle room. That’s why documentation is important: police reports, witness testimonies, accident-scene photos and medical records help establish negligence, which is the basis of almost every personal injury case. Showing negligence means proving that:
- The defendant (the person or entity against whom you are making a personal injury claim) owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care
- By breaching the duty of care, the defendant caused your accident-related injury (called “causation”)
- Damages are the costs associated with the injury the defendant caused, including medical bills, and more.
Comparative Negligence In A Personal Injury Case
Whether your injury occurred in Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene or anywhere in Idaho, comparative negligence applies.
Also called comparative responsibility, it simply means that the court may “reduce the amount of damages that a plaintiff can recover in a negligence-based claim according to the degree of negligence each party contributed to the incident.” A simple example is one in which a driver is making a turn onto a busy road that has no stop sign but is not cautious about oncoming traffic. In the meantime, another car that’s going well over the speed limit hits the car that just made a left turn onto the busy road. The court may determine that while the speeding driver bears 75 percent of the fault, the inattentive driver who made the left turn is 25 percent responsible. If the award is $100,000, it is reduced by 25 percent, making it $75,000.
It’s also true that under the 50/50 law, if you were found to be 50 percent responsible for the accident, you will not be awarded any compensation.
How We Can Help Get You The Compensation You Deserve For Your Personal Injury
You didn’t deserve to be injured because of somebody else’s negligence, but you do deserve justice in the form of full and fair compensation. To learn more about how the Bendell Law Firm can help, please call us at 208-981-0555 to schedule a free consultation or complete and return our free injury claim valuation form.
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You are not required to hire a personal injury attorney to ensure you get the best possible compensation, but why wouldn’t you? Personal injury cases are taken on contingency, meaning the attorney only gets paid if you win. Attorney fees are based on a percentage of your compensation award. It’s also important to note that should you choose to represent yourself, Idaho will hold you to the same expectations and standards that they would if you were a professional lawyer.
The best answer to that is “as soon as possible.” The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner he or she can start developing the best strategy for your case. Never, ever speak to the insurance adjuster for the defendant’s insurance company. Your attorney has experience dealing with adjusters and will make sure that your rights are protected.
In the best of all worlds, full and fair compensation can be negotiated; thereby eliminating the additional expense and emotional turmoil of a trial. Going to court is only necessary when a reasonable agreement cannot be reached.