Bendell Law Firm
You don’t deserve pain and suffering because you were injured as the result of someone else’s reckless or careless behavior.
Here is what you do deserve: the greatest possible financial compensation. Serious or catastrophic injuries can require weeks, months, years—or even a lifetime—of doctor visits, medical procedures, physical, occupational and/or psychological therapy and the bills they bring. The party who caused your injury needs to be held accountable for the damage they caused. And they need to pay for it.
At the Bendell Law Firm in Post Falls, Idaho, you are our top priority. Our mission is to help people throughout northern Idaho and surrounding communities who have debilitating injuries from car, truck, or motorcycle accidents through no fault of their own.
We work hard to get you full and fair compensation. Because you deserve justice for the harm done to you.
How Can We Help
According to 2022 statistics from the American Bar Association (ABA), there are 4,047 practicing attorneys in Idaho and more than 26,000 throughout Washington state. A number of them list personal injury as one of many areas that they practice. When looking for a personal injury lawyer, start by looking for an attorney with vast experience in fighting for the rights of the injured in Idaho and the Spokane area.
Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Kootenai County, Idaho
When You’re Injured, You Could Face Some Complicated Challenges
As a former prosecutor, previously Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem, Jim Bendell has decades of experience in getting you the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Every personal injury case is different; every person’s experience is different. It starts with listening to you. Next, we roll up our sleeves and collect evidence, look at police reports, find out what the adjuster has to say and determine what the insurer’s legal argument is likely to be. Then we put together the best strategy in cases including:
Car accidents: The most common type of personal injury comes from automobile crashes. The Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety’s report reveals a significant surge in motor vehicle fatalities by 22% from 2020 to 2021. Passenger vehicles were involved in a considerable proportion of these crashes.
Truck and commercial vehicle accidents: It should come as no surprise that in a collision between a car and a bus (fully loaded, up to 25,000 pounds) or a 30,000- to 80,000- pound truck, those in passenger cars are the victims of some of the most catastrophic injuries. These can include the most devastating wounds to the head, severe burns, and even amputations of arms, hands, or legs. In these kinds of accidents, there may be more than one liable party who can be held accountable for your injury.
Motorcycle accidents: Like accidents between cars and large commercial vehicles, motorcyclists are likely to suffer extremely severe injuries. Crush injuries are common, and may lead to medical conditions such as compartment syndrome, a cause of nerve damage and interference with blood flow. Concussions, internal injuries, broken ribs and other severe injuries are among the common injuries in motorcycle accidents. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes.”
Spinal injuries: The spine is the central support system for your body. It allows you to stand, sit, bend, and twist. It comprises 33 vertebrae that form the spinal canal, the protective “tunnel” that protects the spinal cord and the nerves. Severe spinal injuries can cause paralysis; including paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and sometimes the torso) or quadriplegia (paralysis of all the limbs). The most debilitating spinal injuries may cause permanent disability; requiring a lifetime of medical and other care.
Brain injuries: The types of brain injuries that are often associated with motor vehicle accidents include concussions, in which a jolt or bump makes the head move back and forth rapidly, causing the brain to “bounce” around inside the skull. While sometimes considered to be a “minor” brain injury, concussions can damage brains cells. Post-concussion syndrome can lead to headaches, dizziness, and memory or concentration problems. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to a host of debilitating symptoms, from seizures to sleep problems, confusion, loss of memory, and persistent headaches.
Neck and back injuries: Whiplash is an injury often sustained in rear-end collisions. It’s an injury to the neck that is likened to the cracking of a whip, as the neck is “whipped” back and forth by the force of the crash. It’s not an injury to take lightly: while some cases can be resolved with medications and exercise, left untreated, undertreated, or undiagnosed, it can lead to chronic pain and complications. Likewise, severe back fractures (broken back) can be more than painful, they can lead to incontinence, difficulty walking and/or the need to use an assistive device such as a cane. In many cases, surgery is required.
Broken bones: A broken arm or leg can mean more than an inconvenience. It can mean loss of wages if you can’t work and difficulty getting around, shopping, and daily tasks. A compound fracture is particularly dangerous as the bone pierces the skin, leaving you vulnerable to infection in both the wound and the bone. Spiral fractures may result from a trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident. Because of the “twisting” motion that causes them, they are more difficult to repair and are considered serious.
Wrongful death: The loss of a family member, such as a spouse, parent, or child, is an immense tragedy. Dealing with an insurance company while grieving can be particularly challenging when the death resulted from someone else’s negligence. Surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim against the defendant, often their insurance company, to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered.
No Win, No Fee
The Bendell Way
Aggressive In Court,
Compassionate With Clients
From Post Falls to Coeur d’Alene, throughout our beautiful part of the state and into the Spokane area, you can count on us to do what is in your best interest. Sometimes, this means negotiating a significant award. But when the insurance company is looking out for their bottom line more than they are looking to do the right thing for you, we don’t back down and will take them to court. Along the way, we make sure that you understand and feel comfortable with the strategy and course of action that’s decided upon.