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What is the Montana Medical Legal Panel?


When a patient is injured as a result of a Montana doctor's error or medical malpractice, they may be entitled to seek monetary compensation.  However, before a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed with the court, as a prerequisite, the case must be presented to the Montana Medical Legal Panel. 

The purpose of the Montana Medical Legal Panel is to:

"prevent, where possible, the filing in court of actions against health care providers and their employees for professional liability in situations where the facts do not permit at least a reasonable inference of malpractice and to make possible the fair and equitable disposition of such claims against health care providers as are or reasonably may be well founded."

Montana Code Annotated §27-6-102.

2018 Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics - Valuable Information for 2019-2020

A large number of vehicles travel along Montana's extensive and often challenging roadways every day.  With this comes inherent dangers whether you are a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle.  While it may be easy to assume that you are at little risk of being involved in a crash or that the risk increases in snowy and icy conditions, you may be surprised.  All it takes is a single incident out of your control to cause major or even fatal injuries.    

Paoli Law Firm, PC Represents Montana Residential Boarding School Abuse Victims

While residential boarding schools in Montana have been around for a while, these programs have recently been brought to the forefront following revelations related to allegations of serious physical and psychological mistreatment of children, sexual abuse of children, and unqualified personnel and counselors. 


A federal court jury in San Francisco awarded more than $80 million to a man who used Roundup for more than 26 years before being diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The six-member jury awarded the man $200,000 for economic damages and more than $5 million for pain and suffering.  An additional $75 million was awarded in punitive damages by the jury, finding that the Monsanto Co. had acted with "malice or oppression" in concealing the legal dangers of Roundup - the world's most widely used herbicide.  

Roundup® Lawsuits: Thousands of Montana Farmers & Landscapers Could Be At Risk

Farmers, agricultural workers, landscapers, and others across the country who use the popular weed killer Roundup have become ill in recent years. Some have even died. Coincidence? A Northern California groundskeeper who developed terminal cancer after using the world's most popular herbicide didn't think so. Neither did the San Francisco jury that ordered Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) to pay $78 million in damages. Most recently, on March 19, 2019, a federal jury in San Francisco found Roundup was a substantial factor in causing a California man's cancer. After five days of deliberation over the scientific evidence presented at trial, the six-person jury unanimously concluded that the man had developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) from exposure to the weed killer. The trial on liability and damages will now move forward.


Car accident claims are often very time-consuming and complex.  Insurance companies have extensive resources, complex software programs, and experienced claims adjusters and investigators working on their behalf.  To ensure your claim is managed properly and that you receive the maximum recovery possible, you or someone on your behalf must have claims experience, knowledge of Montana laws, resources, and organizational skills.

Obtaining a Knowledgeable and Experienced Attorney is Essential in Every Montana Personal Injury Case

Paoli Law Firm works diligently to uncover all of the insurance coverage available to victims of motor vehicle crashes and will achieve the best possible results for our clients.  At Paoli Law Firm, we have a complete understanding of insurance policies and insurance coverage and how those provisions work together with Montana Law.

The main auto coverages available in Montana include:

·         Liability

·         UM - Uninsured

·         UIM - Underinsured

·         Medical Payments - Med Pay

·         Umbrella

Paoli Law Firm 'Bags Sand'

IMG_1513 edit.jpgTo help our fellow Missoulians in unfortunate times, we rallied together Friday morning (5/18/2018) and contributed to the volunteer effort by filling sand bags. Team Rubicon, a veteran-founded disaster relief organization, coordinated the flood response effort in Missoula. They reported over 2,000 volunteers lent a hand to mitigate the damage to flood victims. We'd like to thank the folks at Team Rubicon for coordinating the response, as well as all the thousands of volunteers who spent time helping.

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