Personal injury law is a complicated field of practice that encompasses various types of accidents where victims were injured because of the actions or inactions of others. A personal injury lawyer will typically help victims pursue monetary compensation to ensure that their medical bills, rehabilitation costs and lost wages are recovered as part of their settlement.
Why Hire Local Personal Injury Attorneys
Your goal is to work with a local Maine lawyer who is knowledgeable about the specific Maine laws that apply to these types of cases. Every state has different statutes of limitations and different statutes concerning fault. Maine case law has developed over many years to explain what is recoverable and what is not and what defenses work and what defenses do not work. Maine lawyers will also know where to find the right local investigators for your case.
Why Victims Are Entitled to Compensation for Personal Injury
Maine law generally allows many victims of injuries to be compensated by those who are ultimately responsible for those injuries. Some additional protections are also provided under Maine law. For example under Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29A, vehicle operators must maintain insurance that provides a minimum of $2,000 per person for medical expenses suffered in a vehicle accident. This medical payment coverage is often insufficient to cover the medical costs that a victim may ultimately incur as a result of injuries. If another party is at fault for the accident, victims may seek additional compensation from those responsible for the accident. Victims are typically allowed to recover damages, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical costs, including medication
- Rehabilitation costs
- Compensation for damaged property, such as a car
What Is Important in Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury law allows a victim to recover damages in the event that someone else was responsible for the victim’s injury. This means that in order to secure a monetary award, the victim must prove that someone else was legally at fault. Some of the types of cases and the level of proof required include:
- Car Accidents – Proving someone else was at fault in a car accident is sometimes difficult. The fault of a drunk driver drifting to the wrong side of the road should be easy to prove. Other cases may require more investigation, such as when a slippery road is involved or when there is a defect in a car.
- Medical Malpractice – In order to prove medical malpractice, victims or their families must prove the medical care practitioner did not exercise the due care required of a reasonable provider in the same situation.
- Premises Liability – When a victim is injured on property owned by a business either because of poor maintenance or security, the victim may be required to prove that the business owner should have reasonably known of the condition that caused the injury.
Types of Injuries Victims Can Suffer
Personal injury law covers many types of accidents. The variety of injuries victims suffer are numerous. Some injuries commonly found in victims of automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, ski accidents and pedestrian accidents, include:
Keep in mind that while these types of injuries may be common, there are other serious injuries victims can suffer including life-long scarring, paralysis and, in very severe accidents, amputation of a limb or death. If you are uncertain whether you have a case, consider seeking legal advice.
Victims of any type of personal injury will often have contact first with an insurance company for the other party. In most cases, a Maine personal injury attorney will advise you to tell the insurer for the other party as little as possible and not to agree to a settlement without discussing your options with an attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, you are welcome to contact Fales & Fales, P.A. We work hard to ensure that victims of all types of personal injuries have an advocate on their side who will fight for their rights and for the maximum possible compensation. Call us today at 207-786-0606 if you or a loved one has been injured and you believe that the injury could have been prevented if someone had acted differently. We do not charge for a consultation, and if we are not successful in obtaining a settlement on your behalf, we charge you nothing.