FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an accident, or if you have lost a family member in an accident, please contact our accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

A personal injury is any physical or mental harm to a person as a result of another person’s carelessness (also referred to as negligence). Personal injuries can occur in numerous ways but the most common causes are auto collisions, trucking collisions, motorcycle collisions, unsafe products, oil field and workplace accidents, and professional malpractice. You have a personal injury claim if you can show that you (or a family member) have been injured by someone else because that person acted carelessly, negligently, or intentionally.

If you’ve been hurt, you should schedule a free consultation with a qualified injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies waste no time attempting to minimize the payouts to injured persons. Insurers do not make money paying full and fair value. An experienced injury attorney will tell you if you have a valid claim and protect your rights. There may be multiple causes of your injury and multiple insurance companies with which a claim should be filed. The attorneys at Ingram Olheiser have extensive experience helping personal injury clients navigate the insurance claims process and, if necessary, litigation. There is no downside to contacting a lawyer to understand your rights. The consultation is FREE of charge.

If you’ve sustained a personal injury, the investigation should start right away before memories fade and evidence is lost or destroyed. You have more important concerns such as regaining your health. An experienced personal injury attorney will gather the evidence and begin communicating with the responsible party’s insurer about your claim.

If you’ve been injured, the process of filing claims, receiving a fair settlement and possibly engaging in litigation to protect your rights can take time. There are many lawyers who claim to be competent personal injury lawyers who will not invest the time, energy and money needed to fully protect your rights. Legal advertisements are often filled with fancy labels like “Super Lawyer” and “Best Lawyer” that have more to do with marketing budgets than proven results and expertise. The best way to select a lawyer is to schedule a consultation and ask the lawyer about the lawyer’s experience. You need to feel comfortable and be able to trust that the lawyer will get to know your case and fight for you. Todd Ingram and Scott Olheiser promptly respond to their clients’ questions. They have a proven record of obtaining maximum recoveries. Scott Olheiser, a Casper native, is a Past President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyer’s Association (WTLA) and a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College. Todd Ingram is the current President-Elect of WTLA and began his career in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ingram and Olheiser have been elected to leadership positions in WTLA because they have demonstrated their commitment and skill representing personal injury victims.

If you’ve been injured due to someone’s carelessness, you know the pain, physical hardships, and financial insecurity that come along with those injuries. The law entitles personal injury victims to fair compensation for past and future lost wages, medical bills (regardless of whether those bills have been paid by insurance), pain and suffering, and other types of damages described below. Filing a claim is about setting the scales of justice straight again. Most cases are defended by multi-billion-dollar insurance companies that hire well-paid insurance defense lawyers to serve their financial interests. The persons or companies responsible for your injuries rarely have to pay anything other than their insurance premiums. The insurance is there to pay when someone is hurt. There is no reason to decline fair compensation when you are the victim.

Every state has its own deadline to file a personal injury claim. In Wyoming, the general deadline to file a lawsuit based upon another person’s carelessness is four years from the date of the injury. There are exceptions to this general rule, however, and it is therefore important that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to schedule a free consultation immediately. Far too many rights have been lost because victims of personal injury waited too long to protect themselves.

Every state has its own rules, but in general, a victim of personal injury can recover:

Past and future medical bills
Past and future lost wages
Out of pocket expenses
Loss of ability to perform household services
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
Disfigurement
Emotional harm
Loss of love, affection and companionship
Physical and mental disability

Wrongful death cases are a little different. If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s carelessness, family members are entitled to compensation for the loved one’s wrongful death. The lawyers at Ingram Olheiser have handled numerous wrongful death cases on behalf of grieving families. Survivors are entitled to fair compensation for the loss of care, comfort and companionship that the loved one would have provided, as well as any lost financial support from the loved one. The statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years in Wyoming, so promptly contacting a lawyer in that situation is even more important.

Each case is different. The amount of compensation you can expect depends upon the severity of injuries, whether the injuries are permanent, the extent of economic losses including medical bills and lost earnings, and the clarity of the other person’s fault in causing the injuries. Most cases end in a mutually agreeable settlement. Some cases go to jury trial. Todd Ingram and Scott Olheiser have recovered millions for their clients. Their experience and thorough investigation of the facts of your case will help guide you in evaluating fair compensation. If the insurance company will not offer fair value, then we put our trust in a jury to decide what is fair.

The responsible party’s insurance company is not on your side, no matter how nice the person on the other end of the line sounds. Many times personal injury victims have settled for insufficient compensation because the insurer took advantage of the victim’s financial and emotional vulnerability in the aftermath of a crash. Before discussing the crash or your injuries, it is best to schedule a free consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney. You should never sign a release of your bodily injury claim until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney.

Sometimes the responsible party has no insurance, and sometimes only a small amount. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and the responsible party does not have sufficient insurance, your insurance coverage often provides some additional protection. The attorneys at Ingram Olheiser are experts at finding additional layers of protection when it initially appears there is not enough insurance. Also, be cautious of an insurance adjuster who claims that there is only so much insurance and that you’ll “never get more” than what is being offered. Even if true, there are steps you need to take in order to protect yourself and receive the additional coverage under your policy. Again, you should never sign a release of your bodily injury claim until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney.

Yes. An attorney at Ingram Olheiser P.C. will meet with you to discuss your personal injuries at no cost to you.

Personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means there is no fee unless and until there is a recovery collected for you. The arrangement provides that the law firm receives a percentage of the recovery. This arrangement requires the attorney to invest whatever time and money into the case as necessary to achieve a just result for you.

Again, in most cases, Ingram Olheiser P.C. will advance all costs of pursuing your claim and possible lawsuit. Some cases are more expensive than others, and the potential costs in each case are reviewed with the client at the time Ingram Olheiser P.C. is hired. These costs are then reimbursed out of the recovery at the end of the case.

Sometimes a case is so hotly disputed that the parties require a jury trial to sort things out. This is rare. If a case goes to trial, you will almost certainly have to go to court (unless your injuries are so severe that attendance at trial is not feasible). But most cases result in settlements, sometimes prior to filing a lawsuit and sometimes after. Regardless of whether you have to go to court, the attorneys at Ingram Olheiser P.C. will protect you throughout the entire process, and will help you tell your story in the way that everyone will understand just how much you and your family have been hurt.

If you have been seriously injured, or someone you love has been hurt or killed because of another’s carelessness, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Ingram Olheiser for help. Remember, the consultation is free.

Our attorneys are qualified and experienced to hand a variety of civil litigation and criminal litigation matters. There are some differences between civil and criminal litigation. Civil litigation involves cases between individuals and/or businesses such as insurance companies. Criminal litigation involves the state, local or federal government charging people with a crime. Common examples of crimes people get charged with are drug crimes, DUIs, assault, embezzlement and homicide. Our attorneys only represent people charged with crimes and not the government. Our attorneys most commonly represent individuals charged with serious drug crimes in federal court although we have handled other, lesser crimes in state courts as well. Serious drug crimes charged in federal court involve methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin sales and distribution and conspiracy as well as various weapons charges.

In addition to injury cases which we handle most often, we also represent injured workers who have claims against the Wyoming Workers Compensation Division. When Worker’s Compensation denies a claim for an injured worker we will represent the worker to obtain the full benefits available to him or her. Our attorneys have been handling workers compensation cases for nearly two decades.

Our attorneys are licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in the states of Wyoming and Colorado. Our attorneys primarily focus on cases in Wyoming. We have a statewide practice in Wyoming and have handled cases throughout the state including clients and/or cases from Casper, Sheridan, Gillette, Buffalo, Douglas, Cheyenne, Lusk, Riverton/Lander, Jackson, Rawlins, and Rock Springs/Green River. We work with a network of attorneys in Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Nevada and Washington among other western states. So if you have a case outside of Wyoming, our office may be able to assist in association with a knowledgeable attorney in other states.