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.
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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 $1.35 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.
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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 is premises liability?
Premises liability refers to accidents that are caused by dangers on another person’s property. Examples of dangers that could cause premises liability include broken staircases, windows, or floors. Other examples include slippery walkways from rain and ice, building features that don’t meet code requirements or aren’t maintained, and poor lighting.
What if I slip and fall on government property?
According to Nolo, the government is responsible for your injury and/or losses incurred by a slip and fall on their property. However, the government has placed strict procedure protocol on filing claims against them. Therefore, it is not easy. In addition, you must prove in court that the accident was caused directly by the government’s negligence. In order to succeed, you need an experienced attorney skilled in premises liability laws to help your case.
How can I prevent my own premises liability?
Nationwide explains that there are ways that you can prevent premises liability on your own property, including:
- Conducting daily surveys of the premises, looking for possible dangers. These can include ripped carpeting, uneven flooring, or wet surfaces.
- Consistently maintain all floors and walkways
- Immediately address problems by putting up appropriate warning signs and remedying the issue as soon as possible
- Train all employees in slip and fall safety, including how to appropriately respond to injured persons
- Regularly check and maintain outdoor areas, including sidewalks and parking lots
- Document all of your efforts