by Jeffrey D. Gautreaux, Attorney, Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, PC

An automobile crash or a slip and fall can change a person’s life in an instant. 

Such incidents can result in serious physical injuries, months of pain and suffering, and can have permanent, life-changing results. In some cases, the cause of this injury may be another person or a business, and this entitles the injured person to payment of damages by the person who caused the loss.

However, securing the compensation to which a person is entitled can be a long and sometimes tricky process. There are many obstacles injured people must overcome in recovering their damages, and they often must do so while they are simultaneously receiving medical treatment and trying to return to their prior quality of life.

The lawyers at Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, PC represent people who have been injured on a contingency fee basis. This means the injured person agrees to pay a certain percentage of any recovery to the lawyer, and the lawyer represents the injured person in seeking to recover from the person or entity that caused the injury.

Legal representation in a personal injury case allows the injured person to focus on physically and emotionally recovering from his or her injuries. While an injured person will have to cooperate in any lawsuit, such as answering discovery requests or being deposed, the assistance of an attorney is very beneficial in dealing with insurance companies, developing the claim, and ensuring the injured person receives a recovery commensurate with his or her damages and the fault of the wrongdoer.

If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury that was the fault of another person or entity, the lawyers at Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, PC, may be able to help. There are statutes of limitation that apply and can bar such a claim, so it is imperative to contact a lawyer quickly about any claim.

Jeffrey D. Gautreaux is an attorney at Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, PC, where he represents clients in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, criminal law and general civil litigation. For more information about Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, PC go to

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Jeffrey D. Gautreaux earned his Juris Doctor summa cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law, and his B.A. summa cum laude in Media Production from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. His areas of focus at the firm are criminal defense, civil litigation and appeals. Jeffrey also handles real estate disputes and personal injury cases. He previously clerked for the Hon. Patricia K. Norris at the Arizona Court of Appeals. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Yavapai County Bar Association, and is admitted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Prescott YMCA of Yavapai County and is President of the Board of Directors of the Forest Trails Homeowners Association.

Joel Fornara received his B.S. in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University before attending law school at the University of Arizona.  His practice primarily focuses in the areas of real estate, business, commercial, family law and general civil litigation.  Joel takes a results-oriented approach to practicing law, and he prides himself in achieving the desired outcome for his clients.  Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son or adventuring in the great outdoors.