Intentional Harm

When someone deliberately hurts you, we’re ready to protect you

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The driver who hit your car and caused your injuries may have been driving recklessly, but they likely didn’t crash into you on purpose. The pharmaceutical company that manufactured the dangerous drug that sickened you or the doctor who misdiagnosed and failed to treat your illness may have acted negligently, but they likely didn’t intend to make you ill, hurt you, or otherwise cause you harm.

The same can’t be said of someone who throws a punch in a bar fight, embezzles from his employer, or assaults a former romantic partner or family member.

When these kinds of intentional acts, and countless more like them that people engage in, result in injury or loss to another, they are known in the law as intentional torts. While many intentional torts such as battery, sexual assault, fraud, harassment, or cyberstalking can constitute criminal offenses, victims of those crimes can also sue in civil court to recover damages for their losses and injuries. If the behavior involved is particularly egregious, victims may also be entitled to punitive damages.

Get help from Maine’s best personal injury law firm

Those hurt by intentional acts 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 and medical malpractice law firm. 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.

We bring 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 billion for our clients.

We get full compensation for victims of intentional harm

The outcome of a personal injury lawsuit based on an intentional tort does not depend on the result of the criminal case based on the same act. This is because the elements of a crime and the burden of proof for obtaining a criminal conviction in Maine are different than those for recovering damages in a civil lawsuit.

We aggressively pursue full compensation from those whose deliberate conduct hurt our clients, no matter whether the harm was physical, financial, emotional, or psychological. Some of the most common intentional tort claims our attorneys handle include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Stalking and cyberstalking
  • False imprisonment
  • Trespass
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement

Call Berman & Simmons today for your free consultation with one of Maine’s best injury lawyers

With over a century of experience serving injury victims in New England, we understand how difficult things can be when you are trying to recover after a serious injury or loss. Helping people just like you through 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)784-3576 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.

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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.

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