Portland, the business and financial capital of Maine, has approximately 66,000 inhabitants. The Greater Portland area is home to almost one quarter of the state’s total population. Perched on a peninsula overlooking the Casco Bay, this metropolitan hub offers the perfect blend of city and sea. Combining a rich history with modern urban development, Portland is known as much for its stunning architecture as its historic waterfront. With easily accessible schools, retail shops, and entertainment, Portland was recently ranked one of the ten most fascinating cities in the United States. The Maine personal injury attorneys of Peter Thompson & Associates provide dedicated legal representation to clients in Portland and across the entire state.
Accidents are a fact of life in Portland and other parts of Maine. As Maine’s premier business district, Portland sees its fair share of traffic accidents and fatalities. Most of these preventable crashes are caused by negligence. Negligence refers to the breach of a legal duty owed to another. Motorists breach a legal duty when they drive drunk or recklessly, endangering the lives of others. When their careless conduct causes an accident that results in an injury, they are liable for any damages arising out of their negligence. Even at low speeds, car collisions can cause serious harm. Personal injury law allows injured victims to recover compensation from at-fault drivers. A Maine car accident lawyer can ensure that you receive full compensation for your harm, including repairs, medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Like drivers, doctors and other medical providers are held to a legal duty of care. They breach this duty by failing to properly diagnose, treat, or operate on patients. Doctors and hospitals are liable for medical malpractice when they make preventable errors caused by negligence. With a patient’s life at stake, even subtle mistakes can cause lasting harm. Delivery mishaps, for example, often result in limited cognitive function or permanent impairment of the child’s motor skills. Failure to order the right tests or correctly interpret lab results can lead to a misdiagnosis and improper treatment of an illness. In medical malpractice cases, courts and juries will ask whether the conduct was reasonable for a similarly-situated health care provider under the same circumstances. Consult a Maine medical malpractice attorney who can assist you in presenting a persuasive medical malpractice case.
Construction injuries are often caused by faulty equipment, structural support failure, and other preventable accidents. Permanent structures collapse when their support system fails. Temporary scaffolds and formwork also buckle when an unstable support system makes them vulnerable to displacement. Equipment failures and electrical shock are further sources of injury. Construction workers can lose limbs or be electrocuted by ungrounded machinery. Engineers are responsible for identifying weak spots in the support system; lead contractors have a duty to check the supports and tools to make sure they are sound. Construction equipment must pass rigorous inspection before manufacturers can place them on the market. Because these parties are in the best position to notice defects and prevent injuries, they are liable for any resulting harm. A Maine construction accident lawyer can help you identify all negligent parties.
Nursing home and elder abuse is a growing problem in Maine and other states. Negligent care in nursing homes can lead to falls, bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration. Nursing homes have a duty to provide around-the-clock care to their patients. This means ensuring each resident receives the proper nutrition, hydration, and medication to protect their quality of life. Properly monitoring patients is essential to preventing accidents that could potentially kill senior patients. Lack of food and water, for example, can completely halt recovery and exacerbate the underlying condition. Weak patients tend to fall, leading to further impaired mobility and loss of appetite. Overmedication can also contribute to deterioration of the patient’s health. It is the nursing home’s responsibility to assist patients who need help eating and getting to the bathroom. The facility must also regularly turn over bed-ridden patients to prevent bedsores. Nursing homes that fail to provide for the patient’s basic necessities have clearly breached a legal duty and are liable for any harm caused by the neglect. A caring Maine nursing home abuse attorney will ensure that you recover compensation for your injury.
If you or someone you love was injured by negligence, the skilled Maine personal injury lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates can help. Our firm has successfully handled all types of cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, construction injuries, and nursing home abuse, recovering seven-figure awards and settlements for clients throughout Maine. We have the experience and resources required to prevail in any personal injury case. Because we work on a contingent fee basis, you pay nothing unless we recover compensation for you. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we understand that accidents are devastating and can change your life, and your family’s, forever. That is why we are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Call 800.804.2004 for a free consultation or contact us online.