Maine Personal Injury Lawyers
Our attorneys fight for the injured in Waterville and Portland
Accidents can happen in many ways. They can leave people injured and change their lives. When negligence led to an accident that left you hurt, you deserve financial compensation. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Jabar LaLiberty, LLC can fight for your rights.
We know how a personal injury can affect people and their families. Suddenly you are hurt and need medical treatment. Medical expenses can become overwhelming. You may not be sure how you’re going to pay them, especially if you are forced to miss time from work. It can be a very difficult time.
Personal injury attorneys ready to fight for you
Insurance companies are supposed to help but they are mostly interested in protecting their bottom line. To keep their profits as high as possible, they will try to pay you as little as possible. They may question the extent of your injuries or argue that they are not liable for them. Or they’ll make a lowball settlement offer that doesn’t come close to covering the damages you have suffered.
The insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interests. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury attorney who will look out for you. Our firm has been helping the injured in Waterville, Portland and throughout Maine since 1979. We have recovered tens of millions for clients, including a $4.95 million recovery for a client who was seriously injured by a defective product. We are ready to fight for you.
What do I do after a personal injury?
Your goals immediately after an injury should be to protect your health and your legal rights. Make sure the scene is safe and get emergency medical attention if you need it. Start gathering evidence: take pictures of the scene and any visible injuries and get contact information for any witnesses. See a doctor as soon as possible and follow their instructions; this both protects your health and creates a record of your injuries. Finally, talk to an attorney right away, before you talk to the insurance company.
What are the grounds for a personal injury claim?
Every personal injury claim has two key components: liability and damages. Liability means that another person or organization’s reckless actions caused your injury, and damages are substantial losses that you sustained because of those actions. For example, if a business’s failure to properly maintain their stairs caused you to trip and fall (liability) and you were out of work for some time and lost wages due to broken bones (damages), you have grounds for a legitimate personal injury claim.
How do Maine courts determine fault for personal injury?
Under Maine law, you must prove that the at-fault person had a “duty of care;” that is, a legal obligation to act with reasonable caution, and that duty of care was breached. For instance, manufacturers have a duty of care to their customers to ensure their products are safe, and medical professionals have a duty of care to treat their patients according to established medical standards.
What if I was partially at fault for my injury?
Maine uses a modified comparative fault rule for personal injury claims. If you are less than 50 percent at fault, you can still recover, but your recovery is reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if you are 30 percent at fault and awarded $10,000 in damages, your award would be reduced by $3,000 for a final award of $7,000. If your percentage of fault is 50 percent or more, you cannot recover at all.
What compensation is available for injured victims in Maine?
In general, there are two types of damages available in personal injury claims: economic damages, which are tied to specifically quantifiable losses (such as medical bills or lost income), and non-economic damages, which are more subjectively determined (such as pain and suffering). If your injury was caused by particularly reckless or intentional conduct, you may be able to pursue punitive damages as well. The specific types of damages available depend on the facts of your case and the applicable statutes.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Maine?
Under Maine law, the statute of limitations (legal deadline) for most personal injury claims is six years. This is one of the most generous time limits for victims in the country, but it’s still important to take legal action quickly, before evidence disappears and witnesses’ memories fade. Different time limits may also apply to some types of cases, so it’s important to review your case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to make sure you protect all your rights.
Learn more about personal injury claims in Maine by visiting our Personal Injury FAQ page.
Level the playing field with an experienced attorney in your corner
We build strong cases that are built on facts. Our legal team gathers evidence and carefully reviews all documentation related to your injury. We identify and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult experts who can help us understand how negligence led to your injuries.
Our attorneys also determine the total damages you have suffered and demand compensation. This includes compensation for all medical expenses related to your injuries – both now and in the future. It includes compensation for any lost wages if you were left unable to return to work. We may seek compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Our goal is simple: to get you enough money to rebuild your life and hold the negligent party accountable.
Throughout the process, we’ll take care of the paperwork and deal with the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Your life can change dramatically after a severe injury, and you shouldn’t have to go through a legal battle alone. Let us fight for you.
The personal injury law firm that Mainers trust
You can expect certain things when you are represented by our law firm. You can expect us to take your case seriously right from the start. You can expect personal attention from our attorneys and staff every step of the way. You can expect us to fight to get the best possible outcome for you.
Whether you were hurt due to medical negligence, a defective product or in another personal injury accident, we encourage you to get legal advice as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations for taking legal action. In some cases, it is as long as six years. It is important to start work on your case before evidence is lost or destroyed and the memories of witnesses fade.
Learn more about how we can help you with your personal injury case. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in our Waterville or Portland office. There’s no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information you need so you can decide what to do next.