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The insurance adjuster eventually offers compensation of $7,500. He calls it a generous offer. He says his boss told him it was too high, but because the adjuster really cares about you, he stood up for you and got this amount approved.

You should take his word for it and agree to the offer (and sign paperwork?), right?

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Taking some basic steps after a car accident can make the difference between a legal claim that fails and one that provides fair compensation for you and your family. Here are some suggestions to guide your through the stressful time during and after an accident.

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Author: Travis Brennan, Esq.

Suffering a serious personal injury because of another person’s negligence is a life changing event that is often overwhelming for clients.  Clients tell me that in the aftermath of suffering a serious personal injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a lost limb, or a complex fracture, it is difficult to balance visits to doctors and specialists, growing medical bills, missed time from work, and property damage issues.

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How much will a personal injury lawyer cost me? How much is my case worth? How do you decide if I have a case? What do I prepare for the first call or meeting with a personal injury lawyer? 

In Part 2 of our "Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer" series, we answer 10 of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this important area of law.

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The first thing for us is to determine, of course, is whether or not you have a valid claim. A bad result alone is not enough to establish negligence. This can take days, weeks, or even a period of months for more complex cases. It’s critical to consult with us as soon as possible if you think you might be a victim of a medical error by a doctor, hospital, nursing home, or other healthcare provider. Maine has strict statutes of limitations for filing certain medical malpractice claims.

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Rollover accidents are a persistent hazard on the roadways, killing and injuring thousands of people each year. In this blog post we take a look at common rollover accident injuries, and provide resources for you to explore if you have been hurt in a rollover crash in Maine.

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Berman & Simmons and the attorneys who work here have enjoyed a distinguished reputation in our community for more than 100 years. We are widely considered the best personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine.

Our lawyers and staff often find themselves playing the roles of “mythbusters.” Many people have misconceptions or stereotypes about personal injury lawyers. We’re accustomed to hearing these false assumptions and setting the record straight.

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According to a recent article by the Washington Post, nearly a third of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are found to have safety risks after approval. A study points out the need for further drug monitoring after the drugs are openly distributed in the market.

“To win FDA approval, medications must be shown to be safe and effective. But many pivotal clinical trials used for approval involve fewer than 1,000 patients with follow-up of six months or less, according to the study. Safety problems often crop up years later after therapies have been used by much larger numbers of patients.”

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According to a recent article published in the New York Times, serious concerns are being raised about H.R. 1215, one of several bills introduced by House Republicans in their effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

If the bill passes, it would make it more difficult for people in Maine and throughout the nation, especially low-income and elderly citizens, to win lawsuits for even the most devastating injuries resulting from medical malpractice, faulty medical devices, or defective drugs.

According to the article, “The bill would impose new limits on lawsuits involving care covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act. The limits would apply to some product liability claims, as well as to medical malpractice lawsuits involving doctors, hospitals and nursing homes.”

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Not sure when to contact a Maine medical malpractice lawyer? Want to know how much a lawyer will cost? Interested in learning the steps of a lawsuit?

In Part 2 of our “Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer” series, we answer 10 of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this important area of law.

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