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Maine Professional Malpractice Lawyers

When you hire a professional in Maine whether it’s a lawyer, accountant, real estate agent, architect, building contractor, or a professional of any type you expect them to deliver services that meet, if not exceed, the standards in their field. In other words, you expect them to do the job right.

When a professional fails to meet industry standards, they can be held responsible for damages under Maine law.

Professionals often go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for their mistakes or wrongdoing. Their insurance companies and defense lawyers will use every possible tactic to delay the process, confuse the issues, and place the blame elsewhere.

For the best results, go to the best Maine professional malpractice lawyers

Widely recognized as the best malpractice law firm in Maine, Berman & Simmons is the firm insurance companies and defense lawyers don’t want to see in court. Our professional malpractice attorneys have the legal skills, toughness, and experience to win against any opponent. With us as your advocate, you can take back control and put yourself in a position of power. We approach the case with one goal in mind: full compensation for your losses. To us, any other result is unacceptable. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.

A law firm that actually listens to you

We have helped countless victims who have been involved in professional malpractices cases and we understand the challenges you face. We realize that beyond the physical struggles, the emotional and financial impacts can be overwhelming.

Our lawyers and staff members take the time to listen to you, 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.

How do I find out if I have a professional malpractice claim?

The first step in a professional malpractice case is for our lawyers to work with you to determine whether the professional deviated from industry standards and whether your losses can be directly tied to that failure.

Not every case with a bad result rises to the level of malpractice. State and federal laws and regulations are specific to each industry and specialty area.

Maine has strict statutes of limitations for filing a professional malpractice lawsuit. Berman & Simmons lawyers can help you protect your rights.

Professional malpractice can happen in a wide range of fields

  • Legal malpractice, including failure to follow codes of ethics; misuse of client funds; failure to meet deadlines or make appearances on behalf of a client; failure to properly prepare documents.
  • Accounting malpractice, including failure to properly prepare tax or other financial documents; misuse of funds; deviation from codes of ethics.
  • Real estate agent malpractice, including breach of contract; misrepresentation of the condition of the property; failure to repay earnest money deposits.
  • Architectural/engineering malpractice, including design errors; failure to properly consider load-bearing capacities; improper approval of a progress payment.
  • Mortuary/funeral home malpractice, including wrongful cremation or burial; loss of cremated remains; improper embalming.

  • 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.

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.

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    Many states have strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims.

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    The other insurance company is likely already building their client’s case against you.

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    Witnesses may become unavailable and evidence may be lost or degraded with time.

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    You’ll need help navigating your medical care and dealing with financial pressures.

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    You need peace of mind to focus on your recovery.

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