Mainers take pride in their work. In exchange for their time, effort, and commitment, they expect to be paid fairly and treated with respect by their employers. But companies owe their employees more than a paycheck. No matter where you work – at a construction site, on a factory floor, behind a desk or behind the wheel – your employer owes you a safe place to do your job.
Unfortunately, employers in Maine and throughout the country too often fail to meet this obligation. Even in relatively safe work environments, employees can still sustain severe work-related injuries. In 2017 alone, at least 2.8 Americans were hurt on the job and 5,147 workers lost their lives while working. If that is not bad enough, experts believe the number of workplace injuries is likely much higher still because many workers don’t report workplace injuries due to fear of losing their jobs or other retaliation by employers.
Over a century of obtaining full compensation for injured Maine workers
When Maine workers suffer work-related injuries, they need and deserve compensation to make up for their lost wages, cover their medical bills, and provide for their families while they recover from their injuries.
For over a century, the workplace injury lawyers at Berman & Simmons have helped and protected countless individuals who experienced serious injuries or illnesses at work. We continue to build on this proud legacy by fighting every day for the rights and well-being of our injured clients, working tirelessly to obtain the full amount of compensation available for their work-related losses.
We assist workers in getting compensation for losses related to every type of workplace accident and injury, including losses arising from:
- Construction accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Exposure to toxic or hazardous materials
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Transportation accidents
- Explosions and fires
- Falling objects
- Repetitive motion
- Workplace violence
We make sure you get all of the compensation you deserve
Many employees believe that if they are injured at work, filing a claim for Maine workers’ compensation benefits may be the only way to get their medical bills paid and their lost income replaced. In some circumstances, however, an injured employee may have a personal injury claim for compensation against individuals or companies other than their employer if those parties contributed to their accident or injury. That’s where we come in.
Since workers’ compensation benefits alone may not cover all the losses suffered by an employee a workplace accident, claims against “third-parties” can be critically important to ensure full compensation. Some damages that might be obtainable in a personal injury lawsuit, such as compensation for pain and suffering, are unavailable in workers’ compensation claims.
Get Maine’s best injury lawyers on your side
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as Maine’s best personal injury and medical malpractice law firm. While we are honored by such accolades, we are never complacent or satisfied. For us, it is not enough just to be the best trial firm in Maine. Rather, we strive every day to be one of the very best trial law firms in the Country. With our unmatched resources, expertise, and determined advocacy, we have recovered over $1 billion for our clients.
Our long track record of success comes from our commitment to providing clients with excellence in legal representation coupled with genuine care and concern about their well-being. We work hard to earn your trust. When you hire us as your lawyers, you can expect us to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and give you sound guidance. You will have our pledge to use all our experience, skill, and tenacity to maximize the compensation we obtain for you.
And, with Maine’s best injury attorneys in your corner, you can focus on your health, and get back to living your life.
Know Your Rights.
Call the Maine workplace injury lawyers at Berman & Simmons today for your free consultation
Please contact Berman & Simmons today at (207)784-3576 to arrange for your free consultation to discuss your questions and concerns about your work-related injury. You pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you by settlement or jury verdict. We welcome the opportunity to help you.
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.