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Wrongful Death


Help for those left behind after an avoidable death

Maine Wrongful Death Lawyers

No matter how many months, years and decades come to pass, the pain and grief of losing a loved one never fully fades away. But when a family member is taken away suddenly because of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful conduct, that anguish is made even worse.

In addition to the overwhelming emotions, the aftermath of a wrongful death also leaves families unsure about how to move forward or what to do next. Financial worries, practical challenges, and the absence of the victim’s love, support, and companionship can make every day a tremendous struggle.

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A century of obtaining full compensation in “wrongful death” cases

For over a century, Berman & Simmons has provided help and support to families in Maine and throughout New England who have lost someone they love because of another person’s negligence or misconduct. While your life will never be the same, holding those responsible accountable and obtaining maximum compensation for your loss can provide much-needed resources as well as a sense of closure and justice that will help you heal.

As Maine’s largest and most accomplished personal injury law firm, we have successfully handled some of the highest profile and most complex wrongful death cases in Maine, obtaining full compensation for families left behind, including damages for:

  • Emotional distress and loss of society, comfort, and care.
  • Loss of future income.
  • Pre-death pain and suffering
  • Medical and funeral expenses.

Our assistance extends beyond our advocacy in the courtroom. We work closely with families to help them navigate other issues related to their loss, including setting up an estate and naming a Personal Representative as necessary to proceed with a wrongful death suit.

Put your trust in the hands of Maine’s best personal injury law firm

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Proving a wrongful death claim and delivering full compensation to the survivors requires a law firm with extraordinary talent, a proven track record, the resources to take on any opponent, and a fearless approach to litigation. We are that firm.

Berman & Simmons’ lawyers are widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine, and among the best in the U.S. We have obtained several of the largest personal injury and wrongful death jury verdicts and settlements in Maine, recovering over $1 billion for our clients. That translates into better lives and more hopeful futures for thousands of New Englanders who put their trust in us to help them through difficult times. It is a record we work tirelessly to build upon every single day.

Tell us your story. We’re listening.

At Berman & Simmons, we know that your loss is not just a case or lawsuit. Our attorneys recognize that grieving families need more than just a trial lawyer. You need someone who can answer your questions, address your concerns, and give you reassurance and peace of mind when you need it most.
At your free initial consultation, we will truly listen to you; not just about what happened to your loved one, but what is happening to you and your family in the wake of your loss. Together, we will find the path forward that gets your family the maximum amount of compensation available and puts you on the road to recovery.

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Wrongful Death FAQs

Please call us for your free consultation

Please contact Berman & Simmons today at 207-784-3576 to arrange for your free consultation. Strict time limits and other requirements apply to wrongful death lawsuits, so reaching out to us sooner rather than later can be critical. You pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you by settlement or jury verdict. We welcome the opportunity to help you and your family.

We'll Take Care of the Heavy Lifting

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What damages are recoverable in Maine through a wrongful death claim?

It is the Personal Representative of the estate of the deceased who brings death cases in Maine. We can assist you or the family of the deceased in setting up an estate and naming a Personal Representative. Under Maine law, the following types of damages may be recovered:

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    Pain and suffering of the deceased between the time of injury and death

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    The deceased’s medical and funeral expenses

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    Economic losses caused by the deceased’s death, such as loss of income

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    Emotional distress and loss of society, comfort and care

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    Punitive damages