Personal injuries can happen to anyone at any time. When most of us think of personal injury we think of a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall, but there are many more possible causes: a twisted or broken ankle caused by a rotten step; a hit-and-run causing internal bleeding; a dog bite leaving permanent scars; misreading a bone scan that would have prevented cancer. The possibilities are virtually limitless.
Whether you have a claim for products liability, medical malpractice, a car accident or premises liability, we can help you get the results that you deserve.
What Do I Need To Prove In Order To Secure Compensation?
To prevail in a personal injury claim, you must first show that you have sustained an injury. Second, you must be able to prove that another entity or individual was negligent or did not meet the applicable standard of care under the circumstances. Third, you must show that this failure to fulfill one’s duty is what caused your injuries. Fourth, you need to prove that the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and/or permanent impairment are directly related to the other party’s negligence.
Fighting The Insurance Companies
While all four elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, it is often causation that is the sticking point. An insurance company will always try to pin your injuries on someone else or another event, whether it is true or not. The insurance companies do not care who you are or what you suffered from. They care about saving money and closing a claim. We will work diligently with you and your medical providers to show that this incident was the cause of your injuries and that you are entitled to compensation as a result of these injuries.
We offer our experienced assistance to those who have suffered serious injuries of all types and causes, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents — From negligent drivers to defective parts manufacturers, there are many possible causes for a motor vehicle accident, and the injuries can affect people for the rest of their lives. We know how to help.
- Slip-and-fall accidents — When property owners invite people onto the property, such as store owners and others, they have a responsibility to maintain the safety of the premises. When they fail to do so and injuries occur, they need to be held accountable.
- Medical malpractice — Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and facilities have a duty to provide medical care that meets certain standards. When they fail to meet those standards and people are injured, we can help pursue justice and compensation.
- Products liability — When product manufacturers fail to keep their products safe and people are injured, they have a responsibility to compensate those injured by their negligence.
Do Not Face The Challenges Ahead Without Skilled Legal Representation
So what do you do now? How do you know if you have a claim? Here at Shankman & Associates, we offer a free telephone consultation to discuss your potential personal injury claim. We will listen to your story and be up front with you. If you have a potential claim, one of our attorneys will schedule an appointment to meet with you and discuss how best to pursue your claim.
No one should have to bear the burden of fighting with insurance companies alone. At Shankman & Associates, we will be with you every step of the way. We will keep you informed as to the status of your case. We will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the settlement amount that you deserve.
With offices in Lewiston and Topsham, our lawyers are here to help people throughout southern Maine.