Do Find a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims that you will fully agree with.
Do Get a free consultation with an experienced attorney offering a “no claim, no fee” service.
Do Take time to present all documents and ask questions so you can agree on terms. If you don’t agree, get more than one opinion.
Don’t Delay or postpone your initial call or appointment with your lawyer. Evidence and witness’ statements will be at risk.
Don’t Give statements to anyone from an insurance
Don’t Discuss your case with witnesses (other than to get their contact information) or with anyone else.
DID YOU KNOW
Of the money paid by insurance companies for personal injury claims goes to victims represented by an attorney.
Average claim is more than three times higher for those with an Attorney versus those who chose self-representation.
907 Legal attorney Peter Ehrhardt has been practicing law in Alaska since 1980. Our attorneys know the local people, the court, the police officers, and everyone involved in your personal injury case. 907 Legal has seen it all, time and time again. Ehrhardt, Elsner, & Cooley have a passion for doing what is right, and for helping people when they are most in need.
The period immediately following your accident is the most critical. Our attorneys know the local medical providers and will guide you in the right direction to ensure you get the treatment you need. While you get back on your feet, our team at 907 Legal will protect your rights to make sure that you are fully compensated for ALL of your damages.
Don’t let the people that injured you and the insurance companies take advantage of you when you’re most vulnerable – get an advocate to fight for you so that you can focus on getting better.
When you’re injured in a car accident it may take weeks or months to identify all of your injuries. The healing process may take far longer. Our attorneys work patiently and diligently to identify ALL of your claims to ensure that you recover ALL of your damages. This is why you need an experienced team on your side.
Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, the settlement process can take up to two years. If you are unable to settle your claim, the next step is to file a complaint with the court. 907 Legal is highly skilled in the settlement negotiation process, is knowledgeable with dates and deadlines, and will always keep the client informed.
Yes, 907 Legal handles both wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. The 907 Legal team is highly skilled and experienced – we are prepared for anything when it comes to protecting our clients’ interests through lawsuits and litigation.
If you are involved in an accident in the state of Alaska you have two years to resolve the claim without filing a complaint with the court. The typical personal injury case takes anywhere from a year to just over two. In rare circumstances involving complex damages and issues, cases may take up to 5 years or more. At 907 Legal we handle the battle so you don’t have to.
The term negligence has a specific meaning in “legalease.” It is the failure to exercise reasonable care; conduct that does not meet the standards of care established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. Auto accidents and slip and fall accidents, for instance, are incidents that typically fall under negligence law. Negligence can result in a negligence lawsuit filed against the party responsible for damage caused by the failure to exercise reasonable care.
Your auto insurance policy will likely have a provision for this very situation, called an uninsured motorist provision. If your policy covers this, you will have a claim under your own insurance for uninsured motorist benefits. When you make one of these claims, however, your insurance company has the right to make its own case – meaning they will likely use any defense that the uninsured motorist would have used against you in a claim. This is to say that filing an uninsured motorist claim essentially creates a adversarial relationship between you and your insurance company. This, of course, complicates the situation, so it is a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
Generally, in Alaska the statute of limitation for personal injury is two years, though some exceptions may apply in some cases. Don’t wait until your two years is almost up to file your claim – for the most part claims are easier to pursue the sooner an attorney is contacted.
Settling a personal injury claim, on the other hand, is one situation where it is good to wait. Why? Because sometimes it takes months – or even years – for the injuries you sustain to show up. Some injuries are simply harder to detect than others and take time to manifest. At 907 Legal, we understand the need to take time and asses the full scope of your injuries. Call our Alaska personal injury lawyers if you have been in an accident.
Our client, a male in his early 20’s, was sleeping in his friend’s car. His friend started driving without waking him up. It was winter and the roads were filled with snow. While approaching the highway, the driver was unable to stop and continued over the side of a 6-8 foot drop off. Our client was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown around in the small car. He sustained significant back injuries, but with this injury he continued to try and find work. Through negotiations, our office was able to obtain a $100,000 settlement to help our client recover enough money to not only recover medically, but also to start his education to learn a new career that didn’t involve so much manual labor and stress on his injured back.
Our client, a mother of twin babies, was traveling on Bridge Access Road in her small car when caribou began to cross the road. She stopped in a line waiting for the caribou when a full-size pick-up failed to see the line of stopped cars, and rear ended her at approximately 55 mph – maybe faster. She was transported to the hospital and her car was totaled. After a long drawn out fight with the insurance company and their attorneys, we were able to recover a settlement of $85,000. She was able to purchase a much larger and safer vehicle for her and her children.
Our client, 9-year-old child, was given the wrong medication at a local pharmacy. The “mix-up” caused her to have hallucinations of a tall man in black trying to attack her and kill her parents. She was admitted to a behavioral health facility in Anchorage for several weeks until her medication could be stabilized and she could go back to her normal daily life with her family. After negotiations with their insurance company, our office was able to obtain a settlement of $120,000. She is now able to afford tools to help her with her condition, and someday be able to attend a college of her choice.
Attorney at Law
Josh shaped his practice in Miami, where in his first year he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, he moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney.
Peter Ehrhardt, Attorney at Law, graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska that same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel, Alaska. In 1983, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Sitka, Alaska, and worked for a small general practice firm there. In 1984, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Kenai, Alaska, where he resides today.
In 2002, Peter started a Kenai law firm to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula. Since then, the office has expanded to include three local attorneys committed to providing honest, accommodating, and timely service throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Peter continues to fight for his clients’ rights and support the staff to this day.
Katie completed her undergraduate education in 2004 at New York University where she graduated cum laude. Katie then went on to the prestigious Northwestern University School of Law. It was here that Katie learned, while working on death penalty cases, that the client is the most important focus in each and every case.
After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, she continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office. During her five years in Miami, she represented thousands of adult and juvenile clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, like DUI and assault, to life felonies, including homicide and sexual assault. She was a founding member of the Task Force on Forensic Litigation and received national attention when she was featured on an episode of the A&E TV show ‘After the First 48’ where she successfully convinced a judge to dismiss her client’s murder case.
Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, Katie ultimately decided to leave Miami for the scenery and seasons for which Alaska is so well known. Since arriving in the Kenai area, she has worked for Alaska Legal Services, where she expanded her practice to include civil litigation in areas such as divorce and custody, child in need of aid, probate, protective proceedings and estates and later provided the same services as a contract attorney at Walton, Theiler & Winegarden. From attacking eye-witness identifications and the forensic sciences to resolving a family dispute, Katie is adept at litigating the particular issues involved in your criminal or civil case. With experience trying dozens of jury and non-jury trials, negotiating hundreds of case resolutions, and taking thousands of depositions, Katie is a vigorous advocate who will fight for you.
Josh Cooley, Attorney at Law, graduated from the The George Washington University Law Center in Washington, D.C. While in Law School, Mr. Cooley fell in love with criminal defense and Alaska while interning at the Alaska Public Defender Office here in Kenai.
Immediately after graduating, however, Mr. Cooley set out to shape his criminal defense and litigation practice in one of the biggest and busiest markets in the country: Miami. In his first year, he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, Mr. Cooley moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney handling only murder, attempted murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and “capital” sexual battery cases. Those first four years of Mr. Cooley’s practice helped shape him into the seasoned, aggressive, and strategic litigator that he is today.
Mr. Cooley has conducted over 1,000 depositions and defended more than 50 cases at trial. Mr. Cooley has defended clients charged with crimes including: murder, attempted murder, DUI, armed robbery, theft, burglary, home invasion robbery, mortgage fraud, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding, drug possession, distribution, and trafficking, assault, sexual assault, and all manner of domestic violence allegations. While in Miami, Mr. Cooley was a founding member of the “Task Force on Forensic Litigation,” and conducted presentations and training to attorneys on how to defend against weapons and drug charges.
Peter was a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team which obtained a $5 billion verdict in the Exxon Valdez litigation. For his work on that case, Mr. Ehrhardt, as a member of the trial team, received the 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a national organization of trial lawyers.
Peter was co-council in Re: Glacier Bay, a class action arising out of a 1987 oil spill in upper Cook Inlet which resulted in a $51 million settlement.
Peter and a very small team of lawyers aggressively researched and challenged the odds to win the fight against the pollution causing factory in the early 90’s.
Mr. Sosa-Palma was accused of murdering his brother. If convicted, he would have spent the rest of his life in prison. By challenging and attacking the forensic, medical, and crime scene evidence, Katie was able to successfully convince the judge that, despite the State’s theory of the case, Mr. Sosa-Palma was acting in self-defense. When the Judge granted Mr. Sosa-Palma’s request for immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Mr. Sosa-Palma’s murder charge was dismissed and he was released from jail.
Successfully challenged a CSSD administrative child support order leading to the reversal of tens of thousands of accrued child support arrearages, invalidating an administrative driver’s license suspension for non-payment of support and securing a dismissal of criminal charges for driving while his license was suspended.
Prevailed on a theory of equitable rescission at trial resulting in the client keeping sole possession of all of the property acquired during the marriage without having to divide anything with his former spouse.
Challenged the constitutionality of Florida’s controlled substance laws and obtained a court order on behalf of over 30 defendants finding the statutory scheme unconstitutional and dismissing their cases. Although a stay was entered and the trial court reversed on appeal, the cases were able to resolve with negotiated resolutions that avoided felony convictions and lengthy prisons sentences for the defendants.
T.D., a juvenile, was charged with multiple sexual assault charges carrying mandatory minimum penalties upwards of 20 years per charge. Mr. Cooley was able, through the use of an expert and pretrial management, to provide substantial mitigating evidence to the District Attorney. In the end, T.D.’s case was handled in juvenile court and he was placed on probation, avoiding a lengthy adult prison sentence and a lifetime of sex offender registration.
Hyatt was charged with assaulting his wife with a kitchen knife. Mr. Cooley vigorously prepared the case for trial and presented his defense through cross examination of the State witnesses. At the conclusion of the State’s evidence Mr. Cooley was able to convince the Judge that no reasonable juror could find Mr. Hyatt guilty and the Judge dismissed the case.
The State, upset at having the assault thrown out, then sought to charge Mr. Hyatt with a DUI from an accident nearly a year prior. Mr. Cooley prepared legal briefing and filed it with the Court, arguing that too much time had passed to pursue the DUI. The State was eventually forced to dismiss the DUI as well.
Hensel was charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence after being contacted in the driver seat of a truck stuck in the snow near Kasilof: he faced a minimum sentence of 3 years. At a pretrial hearing, Mr. Cooley was able to elicit testimony from the officer that conflicted with his prior reports and helped to show that Mr. Hensel had not in fact been driving or in physical control of the truck. Mr. Cooley was able to use these newly uncovered facts to convince the District Attorney to drop the charges.
Whitaker was charged with two counts of Murder in the shooting death of two individuals outside of a Chili’s restaurant in Miami. Through the use of expert witnesses and tireless preparation, Mr. Cooley was able to present evidence at a pretrial hearing that Whitaker had acted in self-defense. The Trial Court refused to grant Whitaker immunity from prosecution, but the Court of Appeals was persuaded by the evidence Cooley put forth in the hearing and granted Whitaker immunity from prosecution.
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