Slipping, tripping, and falling are some of the most common causes of personal injury in Maine and throughout the nation. Most injuries caused by these types of incidents are minor, but slips and falls can also cause life-changing injuries and even death.
In many cases, slip and fall injuries could have been prevented if property owners, landlords, managers, and others had taken reasonable actions to make their premises safe.
When property owners expose others to hazards such as broken staircases, unmarked holes in floors, or windows that don’t work properly, they can be held liable for your injuries and other damages. In the legal world, this is called “premises liability,” and it refers to accidents that are caused by unsafe conditions on someone’s property. Other examples include wet or slippery surfaces, walkways covered with snow or ice, lack of adequate lighting, and structures that are not properly maintained or do not meet building or safety codes.
For the best results, go to the best Maine slip and fall injury lawyers
We have obtained several of the largest medical malpractice jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about medical issues and skilled at proving fault, documenting the extent of your losses, and ensuring that your family receives full compensation. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.
No other firm in Maine can match our resources and expertise
We regularly work with the top medical experts, engineers, accident reconstruction specialists, investigators and other consultants in Maine and nationwide, to help build and present a winning case. These efforts can be critical in proving negligence and the extent of your losses so that you can be fully compensated not just for the short-term, but for your
future as well.
We are also the leaders in Maine in the use of state-of-the-art technologies in the courtroom, including anatomical and computer models and dynamic presentation of studies such as MRI and CT scans. We produce professional videos to help us show the true extent of injuries and the impact on you and your family.
This allows us to present complex evidence in a straightforward way that judges, jurors and insurance companies can easily understand. By demonstrating the impact, we put the opposition on their heels as they try to deny you compensation.
Winning a wide range of slip and fall cases
- Defective stairways and stair collapse
- Porch collapse and porch railing failures
- Tripping or falling due to uneven surfaces
- Balcony and deck defects
- Floor or building collapse
- Accidents caused by snow and ice
- Falls on short, unmarked flights of stairs or steps
- Defects at commercial properties causing slips, trips or falls
- Slips and falls from cleaning agents
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.