The caring Maine personal injury lawyers at Briggs & Wholey are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by the negligence of others. We are one of the few premier law firms in Maine that handle only personal injury cases. For nearly 30 years of combined experience representing injured people. At Briggs & Wholey, we provide the highest quality representation to accident victims and injured families throughout Maine.
Accidents are a fact of life throughout Maine, from Fort Kent to Kittery, and everywhere in between. In fact, accidents are the greatest cause of injury and death in the United States. While some accidents are nobody’s fault, the majority involve carelessness. The law holds parties who are at-fault liable for accidents caused by their negligence. Negligence refers to the breach of a legal duty. This usually occurs when one party’s careless conduct causes an accident, injuring another. Drivers, for example, have a duty to safely operate their cars. They violate that duty when their reckless driving causes a crash resulting in injury. At-fault drivers are liable for any damage they cause. The purpose of personal injury law is to provide a legal remedy for such victims injured by negligence.
Personal injury claims based on negligence often involve:
- Car, motorcycle accidents
- Truck, boat accidents
- Birth, delivery injury
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Wrongful death
Like drivers, health care providers owe a legal duty to their patients. They breach that duty when they misdiagnose a patient, prescribe the wrong medication, or provide substandard care. Other medical providers, such as nurses, therapists, and pharmacists are also capable of negligence. When a doctor or other health care provider falls below the required standard of care, they become liable for any resulting injury. The legal process by which injured patients recover compensation from negligent parties is governed by medical malpractice law. Like car accident victims, parties injured by medical malpractice are entitled to any damages caused by physician’s negligence, including compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Manufacturers also owe a legal duty to consumers. Those who make defective goods that harm innocent buyers are liable for their conduct. Manufacturer liability applies to a wide range of products, from clothing and baby toys to medical devices and cars. Millions of defective products are recalled every year because they injure consumers. Tobacco companies, leading car manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies all face their share of class action lawsuits when their products cause injury or death. Because they are in the best position to correct defects and warn buyers of danger, manufacturers are “strictly liable” for injuries. This means consumers need not prove negligence; only that they were harmed by a “foreseeable use” of the product.
In addition to compensation for injuries, negligent parties are also liable for wrongful death. This happens when a victim dies of an injury caused by negligence. Whether the death was caused by a car accident, botched medical procedure, or defective product, negligent parties are still liable. The wrongful death claim “survives” the decedent and is brought instead by surviving family members. Surviving spouses, children, and other dependents must show that the negligent conduct lead to the death. Like other personal injury victims, they are entitled to several types of damages, including compensation for medical and funeral expenses, the decedent’s lost income, and pain and suffering. They are also entitled to damages associated with the loss of relationship with the deceased, such as loss of support, companionship, and guidance.
If you were injured by negligence, the experienced Maine personal injury attorneys of Briggs & Wholey can help. We have been providing quality service to the Mid Coast for over 25 years. Our law firm has successfully handled all types of personal injury cases involving traffic accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and wrongful death. In fact, our law practice focuses solely on these areas and is known for its expertise. Our elite lawyers have received numerous accolades for their dedication and service, but are committed to providing every client with humble and caring representation. At Briggs & Wholey, we understand injuries are traumatic and are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones achieve the best outcome possible at trial or through settlement. Call our toll-free number (888) 596-1099, or contact us online.