Life is full of unexpected events that can leave a person with painful and sometimes debilitating injuries. Accidents, by nature, are unintended and some incidents are unavoidable, but many accidents, whether on the road, in the home, at a business or in the workplace are the direct result of someone’s carelessness.
What are accident victim’s rights if they are hurt in an accident?
If you were hurt by another person’s negligence, you might have grounds to file a personal injury suit and recover compensation for your medical expenses, costs of rehabilitation and lost wages. But to recover compensation, you must file your claim before Maine’s six-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims.
Slip and fall accident in Maine
If you are in a business like a retail store or a bank and you slip and fall, you may be eligible for compensation, but you will face challenges. Proving negligence can be difficult in slip and fall accidents because the issue of shared fault usually arises.
In slip and fall cases, it is common place for the defendant to argue that you bear some responsibility for your accident. They may argue that you weren’t paying attention when you fell, or you ignored warning signs. Placing some of the blame on you allows the parties involved to reduce their liability and keep settlement amounts low. When shared fault is an issue, you should have an accident attorney to argue on your behalf.
Maine’s premises liability laws state that property owners have a duty to ensure everyone lawfully on their premises are not harmed because of unsafe conditions. Premises liability cases include:
Exposure to toxins such as asbestos
Defects sidewalks, roads, and other walkways
Icy sidewalks and entryways
Auto accidents and other road crashes
Auto collisions are one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. In Maine, approximately 164 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2012, according to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Road accidents take too many lives and leave thousands injured. Speak with an accident attorney in Maine if you are injured in a car accident or any of the accidents below:
Liability in personal injury cases in Maine
If you are involved in any one of the accidents discussed above, you must prove liability to have a valid personal injury claim. To show liability, you must demonstrate that the responsible parties had a duty to ensure the safety of others (duty of care) and they failed in that duty.
You need witness testimony, medical documents, proof of financial damages, and police report if involved a road crash. You also need any evidence that can be gathered from an investigation conducted by one of USAttorneys skilled accident lawyers in Maine.
File your claim with a civil court
District Court in Portland:
71 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
District Court in Bangor:
78 Exchange Street,
Bangor, ME 04401
District Court in Lewistown:
205 Newbury Street
Portland, ME 04101
To find more district court: http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/district/
Set up a legal consultation
If you are hurt, and the medical bills are piling up, set up a consultation with one of our accident lawyers in Maine. USAttorneys can help you find a local attorney in Portland, Bangor, or Lewistown to help you with your road accident, premises liability case or slip and fall. Call and set up a consultation today.