Located in northern Kennebec County, on the west bank of the Kennebec River, Waterville, Maine is home to over fifteen thousand residents. Thomas College and Colby College are also located in Waterville, the latter of which was established in 1812, making it the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the country. Like many Maine towns, Waterville saw a post-industrial decline in its downtown area; however, in recent decades there has been a strong effort to revitalize the downtown area with new shops, restaurants, and other businesses. Furthermore, Inland Hospital, founded in 1943, continues to develop new facilities in the area. Here at Peter Thompson & Associates we understand that Waterville and the surrounding area experience a significant level of motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, Kennebec County suffered 17 traffic fatalities, the second highest among counties in the state. The area is also popular with motorcyclists and between 2006 and 2010 there were 271 motorcycle crashes in Waterville and the surrounding county, as reported by the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Peter Thompson & Associates recently represented a client from the Waterville area who was injured in a motor vehicle accident while she was traveling in eastern Massachusetts. This client was stopped in traffic when a large truck struck the vehicle behind her, propelling it into her vehicle. Our client’s vehicle was then pushed into the vehicle stopped ahead of her. This duel impact totaled our client’s vehicle and caused extensive injuries. After the accident, she experienced pain in her back, hips and left shoulder as well as symptoms of a concussion. Furthermore, the accident aggravated her pre-existing fibromyalgia. Our client spent a year undergoing conservative medical treatment, including physical therapy and osteopathic manipulative treatment, but only experienced moderate improvement.
A year after the accident, our client underwent surgery to repair her left shoulder. When our client reached maximum medical improvement our office setup a permanent impairment assessment with a specialist to quantify our client’s shoulder limitations. This permanency assessment, along with medical bills, medical records, lost wage information, and our attorney’s legal analysis was then submitted to the truck driver’s insurance company. In negotiating with the insurance company, our attorneys made sure that our client would be compensated for the permanent impairment of her shoulder, continued problems with her hips, aggravation of her fibromyalgia, four and half months of lost wages, past medical bills and treatment, future medical costs, and pain and suffering. Our office was also able to negotiate down the medical liens from our client’s treatment in order to maximize the compensation she ultimately netted.
Each case presents a unique situation and our experienced attorneys are skilled in finding ways ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from your accident. Call for a free, no obligation consultation.