Personal Injury Lawyers in Portland, ME
Put A Former Allstate Insurance Representative In Your Corner
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another party or parties, you likely have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Accepting the first settlement that an insurance company offers you could lead to being significantly underpaid. Remember that insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests but their own profitability.
At Zerillo Law Firm, we are well-acquainted with the tactics of insurance companies and how they work. We offer a unique value proposition for those who need an injury lawyer. Our founder, Tim Zerillo, is a former Allstate Insurance Claims Representative. Tim Zerillo worked settling claims for Allstate Insurance Company before he was ever a lawyer. He decided he could not do the work of taking money away from people when they had legitimate claims, so he quit and went to law school. After graduating law school with honors and passing the bar, he immediately began practicing personal injury law. As an attorney he has worked against the insurance companies, and on behalf of injury victims for over 20 years.
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As a result, he has an insider's view as to how a claims office works, how insurance coverages work and how to value cases. At Zerillo Law Firm, we will thoroughly investigate your case to determine who's at fault, consider your current and long-term medical expenses, and what would be a fair settlement. If negotiation fails, we have extensive litigation experience which can be used to fight for your best interests in court.
How Long You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Maine
According to Maine Revised Statutes Title 14 Section 752, injury victims have six years from the date of their injury to file a personal injury claim before the statute of limitations ends. The statute of limitations is a law imposed on a state level which dictates how long injury victims have to file a claim and pursue compensation before they lose their legal right to do so. There are some exceptions which can change this six-year time period. For example, if you claim is against a city, county, or state government agency you have only 180 days to file a formal claim. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Portland personal injury attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Portland Personal Injury Claim?
A common question when it comes to personal injury law is “how much is my claim worth?” The truth is that the specific amount an injury victim can recover in a personal injury claim depends widely on the specifics of each individual case. From the severity of negligence to the types of injuries inflicted, the details of each case matter. However, the types of damages an individual can pursue remain the same across personal injury cases. These types of damages are:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
Economic damages were created to compensates for the financial losses associated with the claimant’s injuries. These losses could range from medical expenses or obligatory missed days at work due to your injuries. Non-economic damages compensate the injured party for non-financial suffering associated with their injury. By nature, these losses are more abstract and usually include well known damages such as pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Punitive damages are the last type of damages and they differs from the first two in that the main purpose of them is to punish the negligent party instead of compensate for an injury, as such they are not awarded often.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Portland, ME
Many types of accidents and scenarios can lead to a personal injury case. Zerillo Law Firm handles all of these, including:
- Auto accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian and bike accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Premises liability injuries on another’s property due to unsafe conditions
- Defective products
- Dog bites or attacks
- Injuries due to negligent security on another’s property
- Wrongful death
As discussed above, you may be entitled to a variety of damages depending on the circumstances of your case. These damages can include lost wages or income, all of your medical expenses, pain and suffering, repair or replacement of your vehicle, and, in the case of wrongful death, funeral expenses, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.
Fault for personal injuries is determined by Maine courts in a variety of ways.
Statute 156 of Maine.A claim for compensation against another party is based on comparative negligence. "Fault" is defined as negligence, a breach of statutory duty, or an act or omission that gives rise to liability. For example, a negligent driver violates traffic laws or makes no effort to avoid an accident. Intoxicated drivers are another example.
An injury or accident case is evaluated by the court, which assigns a percentage of fault to each party. Your right to recover damages is denied if the jury decides your percentage of fault was greater than the combined fault of the defendants.
Don't Wait to Get Help Today
Our firm offers aggressive and diligent representation that can make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim. We understand that securing the compensation and justice you deserve can be a big step in restoring your life back to normal, which is why we will use our decades of experience to fight for your best interest at every step! If you or a loved one has been injured, don't wait to get help. Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation and get started on your claim today.