Portland Car Accident Lawyers Who Take On Insurance Companies
Maine personal injury attorneys who get results
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve financial compensation. Dealing with insurance companies can be confusing and frustrating, however. The Portland car accident attorneys at Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC know how insurance companies operate and can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our firm has been helping the injured in Waterville, Portland and throughout Maine since our founding in 1979. We’ve dealt with insurance companies in countless car accident cases. When there’s been a crash, insurance companies are not on your side. They are mainly interested in paying you as little as possible to maximize their profits.
There are different tactics insurance companies will use to try to limit your financial compensation. Here are some examples:
The quick settlement offer – This usually happens shortly after your car accident. The insurance company will contact you with an offer to settle your claim. They’ll promise you quick payment. This can be tempting to accept. Your medical expenses are starting to add up and you may have less income coming in if you can’t work. Here’s the catch – the amount they are offering will fall far short of the total damages you have suffered.
Questioning your injuries – The insurance company may take the position that your injuries aren’t that bad. They may want you to get an independent medical examination from a doctor that they choose. What they really want is for you to be examined by a doctor who will agree with them.
Claiming your injuries were pre-existing – An insurance company may try to argue that they shouldn’t have to cover your medical expenses because your injuries weren’t caused by the crash. They may say you already had the injuries before the accident. Their lawyers may seek access to your medical records.
Requesting a recorded statement – You may be contacted by an insurance company representative asking for a recorded statement about the accident. It may sound like a reasonable request. What they really want to do is to try to get you to say something that they can use against you as you pursue your claim.
Blaming you for what happened – The insurance company may try to argue that you were at least partially responsible for causing the accident. They do this to try to save money. Under Maine’s modified comparative negligence system, each party in an accident is assigned a percentage of blame. This can affect the amount of financial compensation you receive. For example, if you were found to be 30 percent at fault for the crash, the insurance company would only have to pay 70 percent of the damages.
Our attorneys know how to fight back against the insurance companies and their tactics. We investigate your accident to get the facts. Then we build a strong case that proves you were the victim of another driver’s negligence. Our lawyers have recovered millions for people injured in car accidents through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.