The majority of workers’ compensation, personal injury, and insurance claims are resolved by way of settlement between the opposing parties. However, there are instances in which those claims must be resolved by way of a trial, in which a judge decides the legal issues, and a jury decides the factual issues and awards damages if it finds in the claimant’s favor. In the workers’ compensation system, the Workers’ Compensation Court Judge decides both the legal and factual issues, and enters an order that informs the injured worker of his or her right to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Trials are generally expensive, time-consuming, and wrought with uncertainty. They can lead to months, if not years, of appeals before the parties know the final outcome of a particular claim. The attorneys at Carey Law Firm nevertheless believe that every case must be prepared as if it will go trial, and we leave no stone unturned in investigating, prosecuting, and successfully resolving our clients’ cases, whether that resolution occurs in the course of settlement or trial.
Steve Carey, Andrew Huppert, and Dave Lighthall have over 90 years of combined experience in litigating workers’ compensation, personal injury, and insurance claims in Montana. They have tried numerous cases in the Montana Workers’ Compensation Court, and in Montana’s state and federal courts. They have achieved verdicts and damages awards on behalf of their clients that were recognized as stellar for their clients in particular, and for the law in general. Steve and Andrew were also recognized in the “Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame” for their achievement in the case of Bohnsack v. Varco LP, in which a federal jury awarded their client $8.1 million in compensatory and punitive damages in contract and misappropriation of trade secrets action.
Carey Law Firm’s attorneys are skilled and adept trial lawyers, but they also pride themselves on negotiating the most favorable settlement possible for their clients. In doing so, they regularly save their clients from the time, hassle, expense, and uncertainty that accompany civil trials. Our attorneys regularly negotiate settlements for our clients in the six and seven-figure range, and ensure that our client’s rights, needs, and peace of mind are always front and center.