America’s obsession with the automobile does not appear to be fading. There are more than 250 million cars on the road in the U.S. and the numbers continue to increase.
This incredible race to production, however, has come at a human cost. Automobiles with defective parts and those with inherently dangerous designs kill and injure thousands of people each year. In 2014, more than 50 million cars and trucks were recalled nationwide for a range of hazards including faulty airbags, ignition switches, alternators, brakes, tires, and more. Landmark cases against GM and Toyota have recently put the spotlight on the problem.
For every automobile injury or death tied to a known defect, safety experts believe there are countless more that are never investigated and never connected with the true cause defective product or a motor vehicle with a dangerous design flaw.
The defective automobile lawyers at Berman & Simmons believe the best way to improve safety for all motorists is to hold manufacturers, part makers, dealerships, and others fully accountable for putting innocent people at risk. We have more experience than any other Maine firm in representing victims of defective automobile parts and dangerous design.
Defective automobile cases require the best lawyers with specialized expertise
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.
You may have the right to receive compensation under Maine law. Our attorneys have the skills, expertise, resources and experience to make sure you can be fully compensated. We handle all types of injury claims resulting from defective products, with a particular focus on serious injury and wrongful death cases.
How do I find out if you have a defective product claim?
The first step is for our lawyers to work with you to determine whether your injuries are tied to a failure in the design or the manufacture of the automobile, or the lack of proper warnings or instructions.
Many people come to us after a motor vehicle accident with questions about why it happened. Many wonder whether a defective part or design defect was to blame. In some cases, after a review of the facts, we conclude that a defective product did not play a role in the crash. In others, we do find evidence of a faulty part or a design problem, and we pursue justice on behalf of our client.
The only way to know for sure, and to have peace of mind, is a thorough review of the facts. Our team is built to do just that.
You focus on recovery. We take care of the rest.
After an injury, your attention can be pulled away from the one place where it should be on your health and recovery. Instead, you face the pressure of creditors, employers, and insurance companies that often try to place the blame on you, the victim.
We can turn the tables in your favor. While our lawyers aggressively work to maximize your financial award, our caring and responsive staff can help reduce stress during your recovery. We take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved.
With us in your corner, you can focus on your health, and get back to living your life.
A Law Firm That Listens
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.
Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.
Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.
We'll Take Care of the Heavy Lifting
Get Peace of Mind
It never hurts to consult an attorney regardless of whether you decide to move forward.
Many states have strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims.
The other insurance company is likely already building their client’s case against you.
Witnesses may become unavailable and evidence may be lost or degraded with time.
You’ll need help navigating your medical care and dealing with financial pressures.
You need peace of mind to focus on your recovery.
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What do I prepare for the first call or meeting with you?
For your first meeting with us, simply tell us your story and explain in your own words what happened and how your life has been affected. If you’re meeting with us in person, you can bring notes about what happened to you, driver insurance information, names of any witnesses, photos of the accident damages or injuries, medical records, and other related paperwork if you have it and if it’s applicable, but that information isn’t necessary. Really all you need to do is be yourself, speak with us honestly, and be willing to tackle your problems with us.
Initial conversations between potential clients and our staff members are often done over the phone. Rest assured that everything we discuss is confidential and protected under law.
How much will a lawyer cost me?
The lawyers at Berman & Simmons work on a contingency basis. That means you pay nothing up front and nothing unless we settle or win your case. We will consult with you, evaluate your situation, and do initial research free of charge. This is true even if we decide you don’t have a valid claim. We will also cover all necessary case expenses and you will not be obligated to reimburse us until and unless we recover monies on your behalf. if we do take your case and win a settlement or a jury verdict in your favor, a percentage of the compensation goes to pay for our costs and the work done by our legal team.
How will I know if I have a case?
To pursue a case, we will need to prove that you suffered a substantial personal injury and the injury was directly caused by the negligence of another party. A bad result alone is not enough to establish negligence. We let you know upfront if we are able to move forward with the legal process, or if we don’t think you have a case. Generally, we will know if you have a case after our first phone call or meeting.
If we believe you have a valid claim and decide to move forward with litigation, our attorneys and staff will then take it from there and do everything else that needs to be done, including obtaining and reviewing records relevant to your case, such as accident reports and other law enforcement documents, employer records, medical records, and other information.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Every case is different, and there is no way to predict how long it will take for your case to be resolved. Some cases end in a matter of months, while the most complex and challenging cases, such as a medical malpractice case, can span several years. The vast majority of cases, however, are resolved before a trial and usually within a year.
The goal is to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, no matter how long it takes whether that comes in the form of a pre-trial settlement, or with a jury verdict in your favor.
How much is my case worth?
There are many factors that need to be considered when determining the value of your case. Every case is unique and it takes a team effort — including your attorney, staff researchers, and outside experts — to determine the extent of your damages and how much your case is worth. There are two types of damages for which you could receive
compensation: Economic and non-economic.
If your case goes to trial and a jury agrees you deserve compensation, the jury members will decide how much the money you should receive for each category of damages.