If you've been seriously injured in an accident or due to medical malpractice, finding the right Maine personal injury lawyer to take on the insurance company and protect your rights and interests can seem overwhelming. With all those TV lawyers out there acting tough, it's hard to know what to believe and who you can trust.
All top-rated guidebooks on how to choose the best personal injury lawyer in Bangor, Portland, or elsewhere in Maine focus on four important factors you should consider: (1) the lawyer's experience handling personal injury cases and taking cases to trial; (2) the results that the lawyer has obtained for his clients; (3) the lawyer's reputation for trustworthiness and honesty; and (4) overall client satisfaction.Experience and Results
Our reputation was built on two decades of obtaining excellent results for our clients and treating our clients with respect. Attorney Thompson's legal team consists of award-winning attorneys with over 60 years combined experience in personal injury law, as well as expert case managers, paralegals, private investigators, and board-certified physician consultants. Unlike most other firms, we work as a team, bringing together our experience and expertise, and thereby achieving the best possible results for our clients.
And we've proven that this approach works. We have a 98% success rate, several nationally-reported victories and precedent-setting court decisions, as well as over 100 successful jury trials. Last year alone, we recovered over $15,000,000 for our clients and were voted, for the 10th year running, "Best Personal Injury Lawyer" in both Portland and Bangor. Our track record and experience earned our firm the U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” and “Best Lawyers in America” ratings.
Individuals and families who have been seriously injured in accidents trust us to handle their cases not only because of our reputation for obtaining excellent results, but also for giving our clients the compassion, respect, and attention they deserve. Our clients have rated our firm 4.9 out of 5 stars for "Quality of Service," "Communication Ability," and "Responsiveness," with 100% stating that they “would recommend” our firm to others. (Click here to see our Client Survey responses.) “To be a good lawyer, you must do more than just fight aggressively for your clients and achieve excellent results; you must also consistently address your clients' needs and concerns in a timely manner and develop relationships based on trust and respect,” Peter Thompson says simply. Our firm and its reputation have been built around this philosophy. At Peter Thompson & Associates, every client matters to us.Making Our Communities Safer
While Peter Thompson & Associates’ recoveries for our clients have been substantial—and have been for over 20 years—we understand that our clients rarely pursue a case solely for monetary gain. We are fully aware that, for many of our clients, holding negligent and careless people and doctors accountable for harm they have done is just as important as getting the compensation they need and deserve. Peter Thompson and his legal team are committed to fighting for accountability and justice. “We are in this fight to make our communities and hospitals safer places for our families and children.”We’re Here to Help
We also understand the stress that is caused by serious injuries and, for that reason, do everything possible to minimize that stress. We know that being injured in an accident can cause serious financial difficulties and, therefore, assist our clients in accessing disability and health insurance benefits and medical payments coverage, among other things.We Believe in Giving Back
Peter Thompson & Associates has been a strong supporter of non-profits such as the Brain Injury Association of Maine, the Disability Rights Maine, and Consumers for Affordable Healthcare. Our attorneys and staff have also invested thousands of hours supporting our communities by volunteering, providing pro bono legal services, serving on non-profit and municipal boards, and coaching kids’ sports teams.Our Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Accident Victims Statewide.
Attorney Thompson and his legal team have successfully represented injured Mainers from almost every town and city throughout the State. Our main offices are in Portland, Bangor, Falmouth, Lewiston, Augusta, and Camden, but we also have office meeting locations in Kittery, Wells, Sanford, Kennebunk, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, South Portland, Westbrook, Gorham, Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath, Auburn, Gardiner, Waterville, Skowhegan, Rockland, Belfast, Newport, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Machias, Calais, Houlton, and Presque Isle. If you don’t live near one of our offices, we’ll come to you. We routinely do home and hospital visits. We strive to make the entire process as easy as possible for you. Almost all of the information we need to put your case together can be obtained over the phone, by mail, or email.Injured while visiting Maine but live out of State?
Peter Thompson & Associates also represents many people who live out-of-state who were injured during a trip to Maine. In the vast majority of cases, we can successfully settle cases for our out-of-state clients without requiring them to return to Maine.If you don’t collect money, you don’t have to pay for our services.
Because the vast majority of our clients cannot afford to hire an attorney, we represent accident and medical malpractice victims on a contingent fee basis, which means we are paid a percentage of what you recover.Personal Injury Overview
No one expects to be involved in an accident, and injured people are often uncertain about the recourse available to address the physical, emotional, and financial harm caused by their injuries. If you were injured in Bangor, Portland, or another Maine city due to the negligence of another person or an entity, you may be able to recover damages from the negligent party, including the costs of your medical expenses and lost earnings caused by your injuries. It is important to act promptly if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim, however, since claims must be pursued within the statutory period set forth under Maine law.Car Accidents
Car accidents happen all too often and may result in injuries, property damage, and emotional trauma. Additionally, car accidents may cause significant financial harm, due to medical expenses and lost income. A variety of factors can result in car accidents, and in some cases, what appears to be a straightforward crash may lead to a complicated lawsuit. For example, an accident may be caused both by negligent driving and by a defective car part. If you were injured in a car accident, it is important to hire a personal injury attorney in Maine who is experienced in litigating car accident cases so that they can identify each party that may be responsible for your harm.Truck Accidents
Accidents involving trucks are different from typical car accidents in many ways. Truck accidents often cause critical injuries and greater property damage than ordinary car accidents. Truck drivers who drive in interstate commerce must adhere to the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations in addition to the laws of the Maine motor vehicle code. In most cases, a lawsuit seeking compensation following a truck accident will allege that the truck driver and their employer should be held accountable for the harm caused by the accident. Lawsuits arising out of truck accidents are often complex and require a careful investigation to uncover any evidence that the negligence of a driver or a trucking company caused the accident.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents typically occur when a driver fails to pay attention to a motorcycle in their vicinity. Sometimes they happen when a driver fails to provide enough space between their car and the motorcycle and strikes the motorcycle from behind. Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries, such as lacerations, broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries, and organ damage. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you likely must show that the driver who caused the accident was at fault to recover damages. Even if you were partly at fault, you can recover damages in proportion to the driver’s fault unless you were more than 50 percent at fault. Our personal injury lawyers can help victims throughout Maine gather evidence to establish a driver’s fault.Bike Accidents
Cyclists should be able to ride their bicycles without fearing for their safety. The Maine legislature has specifically enacted laws to protect cyclists, requiring drivers to leave a certain distance between their cars and any cyclists whom they are driving behind. In cases in which a driver fails to abide by the law and causes an accident, the injured cyclist can use the driver's failure to comply with the law as evidence that the driver should be held accountable for any harm caused by the accident. If you were injured in a bike accident, we can evaluate your case and resolve any potential obstacles to your recovery.Pedestrian Accidents
Under Maine law, pedestrians have certain rights, including the right of way in a crosswalk. Unfortunately, however, pedestrians are often struck by motor vehicles even when they are carefully crossing the street. Accidents in which a pedestrian is hit by a car usually cause significant injuries, such as brain damage, paralysis, and even death. Pedestrian accidents often cause emotional trauma as well. Serving victims throughout Maine, our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers are ready to prove the full scope of your damages, retaining experts on your behalf as needed.Premises Liability
Slip and falls and other accidents caused by dangerous conditions on a property are common causes of injuries. Under Maine law, a person or company that owns or occupies a property is obligated to exercise reasonable care in the operation and maintenance of the property. Thus, if your accident was caused by the failure of the party that owns or occupies the property to maintain the property in a safe condition, that party may be liable for your harm. The standard of care imposed on the property owner depends on the nature of both the property and your entry onto the property.Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can be caused in a variety of ways. It is not uncommon for the impact of a car accident to cause a brain injury, but brain injuries can occur due to a fall as well. Regardless of how they occur, brain injuries can be devastating to every aspect of the injured person’s life. Brain injuries often require extensive medical treatment, and in many cases, the injured person will never return to their pre-accident condition. Additionally, the injured person may no longer be able to earn an income following the injury. If you suffered a brain injury, it is essential to speak with a capable personal injury attorney in Maine to discuss your situation and the damages that you may be owed.Wrongful Death
Sometimes an accident causes injuries that are so severe that they ultimately result in the death of the victim. If you lost a loved one due to an accident, under Maine law, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death claim. Damages that may be recoverable in a wrongful death claim include compensation for the pain and suffering that the deceased person suffered before their death, as well as the loss of the deceased person’s expected earnings. If the deceased person was married at the time that the accident occurred, their spouse may be entitled to damages as well.Hire a Skilled Injury Attorney After a Serious Accident
At Peter Thompson & Associates, our attorneys can provide you with experienced and assertive advocacy to help you seek any damages that you may be owed. Most of our clients are dealing with serious, debilitating injuries and we gladly meet with them in their homes, in an office in their town, or, if they are hospitalized, in the hospital. We have multiple office locations Statewide, and we represent injured people throughout Maine. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can be reached at 800.804.2004 or through the online form to schedule a free consultation. Almost all of our clients cannot afford to hire an attorney, so we offer our services on a contingent fee basis, which means we are paid a percentage of what our clients recover.
At Peter Thompson & Associates, we have helped hundreds of people in Bangor, Portland, and other communities who have asked us to take over a case that another attorney had been handling. We frequently find that their former attorneys failed to obtain important evidence and simply dragged their feet hoping to get an easy settlement. For those reasons, you would be well advised to do your research before hiring an attorney. We are confident that, if you do, you will choose Peter Thompson & Associates to protect your rights and interests, get you the compensation you need and deserve, and help you obtain justice.