Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents can result in personal or bodily injury, property damage, emotional trauma and long term pain and discomfort.  If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to payment of your medical expenses, lost wages and lost earnings, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of your way of life.  You should contact an experienced lawyer to assist in obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.

If you were injured in an accident, you need a good legal team working for you. The attorneys at Kaufman, Vidal & Hileman, P.C., are committed to helping you recover the damages you deserve for your injuries to helping you recover the life you once had.  We will help obtain payment for your medical expenses and obtain your lost earnings so you can focus on healing from your injuries.

Contingency Fee Based Representation

We don’t get paid until you do.  If we take your personal injury case we will represent you on a contingency fee basis.  If you do not recover, we do not charge a fee.

Experienced, Competent, Personal Injury Lawyers

Our practice emphasizes issues involving Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Negligence and Insurance Matters. Our cases have involved claims of Personal Injury and death arising from auto/car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, other motor vehicle collisions, defective products, unsafe products, airplane crashes and bad prescription medication. We have tried over many civil jury trials and has appeared in the Montana Supreme Court in multiple appeals. We have settled multiple cases in excess of $1,000,000.00.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury can occur when an outside force fractures the skull and penetrates the brain (open head injury), or when a force causes the brain to move within the skull, resulting in trauma to the brain without visible evidence (closed head injury). Brain injuries frequently occur in cases involving car accidents or vehicle crashes.

What Are the Symptoms of Brain Injury?

Many symptoms of brain injury do not show up for several weeks or months after the initial accident or event, so it is important to recognize the symptoms as soon as they begin to interfere with day-to-day life activities. When accident victims experience brain injuries, the individual may experience:

  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Slowed or impaired thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Faulty judgment
  • Periods of depression


Victims of brain injuries deserve to be fairly compensated for their loss. We can determine who wrongfully caused your injury and help you recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Other accident related expenses

Were Here to Help

If you or a family member has suffered from a brain injury as a result of an accident or other catastrophic event, you will need the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. The effects of brain injuries can last for years, even decades, and you may be responsible for expensive medical bills, counseling and other health care costs. You may be unable to work and lose wages and income.

Wrongful Death

What is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death is what occurs when someone is killed by another’s negligence or a defective product. The offending parties can be other people, companies, or both. Wrongful death litigation is usually brought to the courts by the representative of the victim’s estate, typically an immediate relative.


If a wrongful death has occurred to a loved one due to an accident, or caused by a defective product, you may be entitled to the following compensation:

  • Recovery of loss of earnings of the decedent.
  • Compensation for your loss of companionship.
  • Reimbursement for burial and funeral expenses.
  • Recovery of your present and future financial losses.
  • Reimbursement for your out of pocket expenses incurred.
  • Reimbursement or payments of any medical expenses incurred.

Were Here to Help

If you have lost a loved one as the result of a personal injury accident, no amount of money can replace your loss, or properly compensate you, but you need an experienced wrongful death attorney to represent you. This is an extremely emotional and stressful time, and only an experienced wrongful death lawyer with expertise in this very specialized area of law should represent you, who will also give you proper attention, and be sensitive to your needs.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Having a personal injury lawyer on your side following an auto accident is important for anyone who was injured in the accident. After an accident, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Determine if anyone was injured and seek professional medical assistance if it is needed. Do not attempt to move any injured persons, but mark the scene of the accident with cones and flares if possible.
  2. Using your mobile cell phone or camera, take pictures of the vehicles and the scene.
  3. Notify the police and wait for them to arrive and conduct an accident investigation.
  4. Get the names and personal information, including insurance, of everyone involved in the accident, including any witnesses or passengers.
  5. Notify your insurance company and do not discuss the accident with anyone except your insurance company and the police. Soon after the accident you can expect to be contacted by insurance companies who will offer a settlement. While this settlement may be in their best interests, it is not always in yours, and you should avoid signing or accepting any proposal until you have consulted with an attorney.

Please contact us for a free initial consultation, without any obligation, if you have suffered the loss of a loved one or have been injured in any accident that was not your fault. If we take your case we will represent you on a contingency fee basis.

Defective Products

Who’s Responsible for Defective Products?

Products liability is the area of law that requires designers, manufacturers and suppliers to pay for injuries to consumers caused by defects and hazards in the products they market. The purpose of products liability law is to ensure that the costs of injuries resulting from defective products are borne by the parties who place such defective products on the market.

What to Do If You Have Been Injured by a Defective Product

If you or someone close to you has been injured by a defective product, you should keep the product and any packaging, instructions, and labels. These items are important in proving your case.


If you have been injured by a defective product you may be entitled to payment of your medical expenses, lost wages and lost earnings, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of your way of life. You should contact an experienced lawyer to assist in obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.