Personal Injury

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Sometimes life throws us a curve ball.  You can't plan for a freak accident, but you can go to someone who knows how to get the help you need.

Injuries are painful and can turn your life upside down.  Unfortunately, not all insurance companies will do the right thing when you get hurt. Some will deny your claim or make it difficult to get the medical and financial resources you're entitled to. That's where we come in. We will get you the medical, financial, and other support you need to get on a path to recovery.   

Why Us?

There's something that sets us apart  - we won't stop working for you and with you until we've brought you back to a positive view of the future. We understand how important getting compensation is, and the medical treatment you need to fully recover.  Not only will we make sure you are treated fairly, but we will help you return to the life you led before your accident. 

You can put your faith in us to work hard every day to help you get back on your feet. 

Don't hesitate to call us at 207-780-6700, or contact us to get represent. 

You can also submit your case here.


FAQs

Our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury Claims

Q: Will I have to go to court to obtain compensation for my injury?

A: Probably not. We have successfully settled over 95% of our clients' cases without having to go to court.

Q: Should I settle my personal injury case?

A: You should not try to settle your case until you have fully recovered from your injuries or, if your injury is permanent or long lasting, until you have reached as much medical improvement as possible. Once you settle your case, it is settled for good.  You cannot reopen it, even if you determine later that your condition was worse than you realized. With most injuries, we recommend waiting a minimum of six months after your accident before attempting to settle your case. At that point, we work closely with your doctor to make sure your medical condition has stabilized before we begin settlement discussions with the insurance company.

Q: How much is my case worth?

A: In general, your case is worth whatever a court would award you if the case went to trial.  Insurance companies typically avoid going to court because paying a lawyer to prepare for and try the case in court adds significantly to the cost of the potential verdict. So, they usually save litigation costs by settling cases out of court. Under Maine law, a court can award damages for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses you incurred as a result of your accident (even if other insurance has paid some of these medical expenses), lost wages (even if your employer has paid you for the time you missed), future lost earnings, future medical expenses, other out-of-pocket expenses, and a sum to fairly compensate you for the pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life you have and experienced and will continue to experience as a result of your injuries. If you are married, your spouse is entitled to recover an amount which will fairly compensate him or her for the effect your accident has had on their life.

Q: If I am also at fault for my accident, can I receive compensation?

A: It depends. Under Maine law, in order to recover any compensation for injuries you sustain in an accident, you must be less responsible for your accident than the other party or parties. If you are partially responsible for the accident, but less so than the other party or parties, the compensation to which you are entitled will be reduced (proportionate?) to the extent that your actions caused the accident.  If you are equally or more responsible for your injuries, you are not entitled to recover any compensation. 

Q: Should I hire a lawyer to represent me in my personal injury claim?

A: This depends on you and the nature of your case. If you are uncomfortable dealing with an insurance company, an attorney can do that for you. You should certainly obtain the services of an attorney if the responsible insurance company will not settle your case fairly. Most attorneys handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis meaning that if the attorney obtains a recovery for you, the attorney's fee will be a percentage of that recovery. If the attorney does not obtain a recovery for you, there will be no fee. The financial question in deciding whether to hire an attorney is whether your recovery will be greater after paying an attorney than it would have been had you represented yourself and paid no attorney's fee. Whether you are financially better off hiring an attorney depends on many factors including how the accident happened, who is responsible, the severity of your injuries, and the extent of your medical expenses and lost wages. Most law offices, including ours, will provide a free consultation to anyone with a personal injury case. We recommend that you obtain a free consultation and discuss these factors with an attorney before deciding whether it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent you on a personal injury case.

Q: What can I do to assist my attorney in making my case go as smoothly as possible?

A: There are many ways you can speed your recovery and move on with your life. First,  obtain appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible and follow your doctor's recommendations. You should attend all of your medical appointments. If you have a scheduling conflict with a medical appointment, cancel the appointment in a timely fashion and reschedule it. Keep a diary and record how your injuries are affecting you. If you are married, your spouse should also keep a diary. Ultimately, your attorney's ability to obtain fair compensation for you depends upon his or her ability to communicate to the insurance company or court how your injuries have affected you. Your attorney can't do this effectively without good information from you.  If you do not record how your injuries affect - as they occur - you will not remember them accurately or in sufficient detail after your medical condition has stabilized, which often happens well before settlement discussions take place.

You should also make every effort to return to a normal a life as much and as soon as possible.  We have secured thousands of settlements for our injured clients over the years, ranging from modest amounts to millions of dollars. From this, we have learned that no amount of compensation can make up for the challenges of a serious injury and its consequences . The sooner you can return to good health, work, and a normal life, the happier you will be. We encourage our clients to concentrate on getting better, return to as normal a life as possible, and let us take care of the legal aspect of their case.

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