Mass shootings have a devastating impact on the communities where they take place, but none are more impacted than the people who sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a shooting.
Berman & Simmons brings unmatched resources, exceptional trial advocacy skills, cutting-edge technology, and fierce determination to bear on behalf of every client we have the privilege to represent. These qualities are the foundation of our unprecedented record of success in obtaining full compensation for injury victims, recovering over $1.35 billion for our clients.
We aggressively pursue full compensation from those who were injured or lost loved ones to a mass shooting. Our attorneys have the expertise to help seek civil justice for the physical, financial, emotional, and psychological harms of these acts of violence.
Local History & National Expertise
Those who have been hurt by a mass shooting can turn to Berman & Simmons for the compensation and justice they deserve. Trusted by countless personal injury victims in Maine and throughout New England for over 100 years, we have earned recognition as Maine’s best personal injury law firm.
Since the founding of our firm over a century ago in Lewiston, Maine, Berman & Simmons has become the state’s premiere personal injury law firm, with additional offices in Portland, Bangor, and Biddeford. But for us, it is not enough to be recognized as the best trial firm in Maine. With our unique resources and talent, we strive to be among the very best in the country.
Our attorneys have kept up with national trends in pursuing legal claims against the people and entities that negligently failed to prevent a mass shooting from happening. Many of our attorneys are members of the National Crime Victims Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.
Trauma-Informed Advocates for Mass Shooting Victims
We understand the trauma that remains following a mass shooting. Our attorneys and staff are trained to be trauma-informed, which helps us deliver compassionate representation to our most vulnerable clients.
Helping victims through such a challenging time is the reason we do what we do. As Maine’s best trial lawyers, we provide that help with personal attention, respect, and a commitment to getting our clients the maximum amount of compensation available.
Please contact Berman & Simmons today at (207)808-7053 to arrange for your free consultation to discuss your situation. You pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you by settlement or jury verdict. We welcome the opportunity to assist you.
Act Quickly to Preserve Your Rights
When it comes to legal claims on behalf of mass shooting victims, there are strict deadlines that apply to filing claims. Witnesses may become unavailable and evidence may be lost or degraded with time.
The sooner you consult our attorneys, the more time we will have to investigate and prepare your case.
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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.