What is a “personal injury” case?

What is “personal injury”?  How do you know if you or a loved one need a “personal injury” attorney?  What are my rights under the law?  These are a few questions you may have if you or a loved one have been injured in any type of accident.  Here at Chronister, Fields, & Flake, we have been helping individuals just like you or your loved one for approximately 40 years—and with a combined experience of over 120 years—who have been injured in personal injury accidents.  In that time, our firm has had multiple settlements over $1,000.000.00 and many more in the six-figure range.    

 Simply put, a personal injury accident is any type of accident that causes an individual an injury and even death.  The source of such an injury or loss of life can be anything from negligent conduct, such as someone rear-ending you while at a stop sign, to a willful, intentional act, such as a physical assault.  We never represent the insurance company; we only represent the individual—youWe have handled a full spectrum of personal injury cases including but not limited to the following:


  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Tractor Trailer accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Drug Injuries/Drug Reactions
  • Social Security Disability
  • General Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • “Slip and fall” accidents
  • Premises Accidents
  • Wrongful death


We know that being the victim of personal injury accident places you in a situation you did not ask for and do not wish to be in.  It is vitally important for you to visit with an attorney to have your case evaluated—the sooner, the better.  We understand that importance and take it seriously.  With the knowledge of various laws, deadlines, methods of recovery, and obligations under the law, we will thoroughly evaluate your case and work to help you.


Physical healing recovery from any type of injury or loss of a loved one is traumatic enough.  Dealing with the legal details is not something you need to have added on top of that.  Let us take that burden off of you.  If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, please contact us (479-783-4060) AT NO COST to have us evaluate your case. 


Why you need Chronister, Fields, & Flake to serve you in your personal injury case

If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident, you need the assistance of an experienced Arkansas car accident attorney.  Chronister, Fields, and Flake, PLLC has been helping others just like you or your loved one for many years.  Rex W. Chronister began his own independent firm nearly 30 years ago with an emphasis on taking care of clients injured in personal injury accidents.  This focus was expanded when Andrew Flake joined the firm in 1992 and again with Megen Prewitt in 2007.  Each of these attorneys has—and continues—to keep their clients’ interests in the forefront as they each negotiate your claims with the insurance companies. 


We work to serve each client individually

Rex, Andrew, and Megen understand that each case is unique and that each and every client is different which makes it vital to take a personalized, hands-on approach to each client.


Due to the uniqueness of each accident, we know it is imperative to research the facts of the accident.  This includes information such as analyzing relevant statutes; obtaining an accident report to review the mechanics of the accident, witness statements, whether drugs/alcohol were a factor, weather conditions, etc; the existence of insurance coverage by the other party; what kind of insurance coverage the client has to determine whether there are other resources available for recovery; insurance coverage for our client; and whether there is any pertinent medical history.  The information gleaned from these various resources will determine the best course of action for each individual case.  From there, we will lay out all of the information to you and recommend a course of action that best fits your case. 


Approximately 95% of our personal injury cases are settled before going to jury trial.  Of those, most have settlements negotiated with the insurance company prior to suit being filed.  Rex, Andrew, and Megen prepare each case as if it were to proceed to trial but are prepared to recommend settling a case when that is in the clients’ best interests. 


Make certain you receive appropriate medical treatment

For any injury received from a car accident, time is of the essence that you receive immediate and appropriate medical care.  Personal injury accidents can result in a wide range of injuries—from “soft tissue” to herniated discs to broken bones and everything in between!  We understand that for each individual, their own injury is painful and impacts their own daily life.  Each person’s injury requires specific medical care for treatment that may have a set end date, while some injuries will require treatment for extended, indefinite periods of time, and yet others may cause unalterable, permanent damage. 


Pain from such injuries may last for an extended period of time that may result in restriction of physical activities and/or work restrictions.  Whether negotiating with an insurance company or presenting a case to a jury, it is necessary to have a written medical record of all treatment, injuries, prognosis, and/or the need for future treatment.  This is why we strongly encourage each client to receive a prompt diagnosis and follow through on the recommendations of the treating physician.


Each client’s recovery is personal to his/her case

The recovery each client is entitled to is based solely on his/her own case.  Arkansas law allows certain elements of recovery that may or may not apply to each person.  Rex, Andrew, and Megen will thoroughly review your case to make sure each available element of recovery is pursued.  These elements include recovery for medical bills (past and future) related to the accident, lost wages (past and future) related to the accident, scars and disfigurement, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering.


No Win, No Fee

To ease your mind further once we take your case, if we are unable to reach a settlement or obtain a jury verdict in your favor, we collect NO FEE.  Preparing a case to present for settlement and on towards a jury trial involves various expenses and fees.  We are willing to carry the weight of those while working for you in an effort to resolve the case favorably for you.  This means at Chronister, Fields, & Flake, there is NO FEE due up front in personal injury cases.  You owe nothing until a recovery is made.  If no recovery is made, then you owe NO FEE. 


Put over 122 years’ experience to work for you

At Chronister, Fields, and Flake, our goal in each personal injury case is to ease your burden.  At a time when you are physically injured, we want you to focus on healing.  Recovery from any injury can be stressful.  Some injuries, we understand, are catastrophic and will have effects that never go away.  Rex, Andrew, and Megen understand this and know that focusing on the legal side of the case to protect your interests is the one way we can ease your burden. 


Rex, Andrew, and Megen are highly experienced in handling all types of personal injury cases.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a personal injury accident, please call us today for a free consultation.  It won’t cost you anything to see if we can help.   We are ready to assist you where and when you need it most.  Call us (479-783-4060) today!   

Chronister, Fields & Flake PLLC

309 North 7th Street, P.O. BOX 66

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902

Phone: 479-783-4060

Fax: 479-783-1571