Slip and Fall Attorney
Were you hurt on someone else’s property? Contact our personal injury attorneys, serving Auburn, Bangor, Lewiston and Portland, Maine.
The Maine slip and fall attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing have over 35 years of experience in winning substantial settlements and verdicts for victims of property owner negligence. If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to money damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, loss of quality of life, and more.
Our Portland, Maine personal injury lawyers offer a complimentary assessment of your case and can provide legal assistance in pursuing a slip and fall lawsuit in the state of Maine. In the event of a life-changing injury, sometimes the only way to move on is to secure financial compensation for your medical bills and the pain and suffering you have endured.
You owe us nothing unless we win your case, so there is nothing to lose in calling our Maine premises liability attorneys at 1-800-INJURED.
Slip and fall statistics in Maine
Here are a few pertinent statistics that reveal how commonplace slips, trips and falls are in the state of Maine:
- 30-40% of Maine seniors age 65+ experience a fall.
- Accidental falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among the 65+ cohort.
- In Maine, nearly 3,000 employees miss work due to a slip, trip or fall injury.
- From January 2012 – June 2013, there were more than 1,035 slips and falls on ice and snow at the workplace.
- Weather-related slip and falls represent 27% of all slips, trips, and falls, and 5% of all lost-time claims in Maine.
- Since 2011, the Maine workforce has lost more than 25,000 days of productivity.
- Medical expenses for ice and snow slips top over $1.5 million a year.
- During that same time period, 234 claims were made for slips, trips and falls at buildings and structures.
- Another 174 people fell off ladders.
Some of these accidents resulted from an individual’s missteps, no doubt; but other cases could have been prevented if the property owner had properly maintained the premises. The premises liability attorneys of Hardy, Wolf & Downing will look into your case to see if it warrants legal action.
Common slip and fall accidents and injuries
Slip, trip and fall accidents cover a broad spectrum, including:
- Snow, ice and wet spots that should have been cleared by the property owner
- Loose flooring or carpeting from poorly maintained buildings
- Uneven sidewalks and walking surfaces that were due for repair
- Greased, polished or wet floors that were not demarcated with a “caution” sign
- Unnecessary debris and clutter that falls in the pathway of a pedestrian or shopper unexpectedly
- Electrical cords haphazardly left out that trips a passerby
- Poor lighting or loose / nonexistent handrails on a stairwell that pose a hazard
- Poorly maintained escalators that stop and go suddenly, causing a fall
- Ladders left in the way, causing a tripping hazard
- Unkempt parking lots with pot holes or weather-related dangers
Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents may include (but are not limited to):
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open or closed head wounds
- Spinal cord injuries / paralysis
- Bone fractures and dislocations
- Amputations and disfigurement
- Lacerations and permanent scarring
- Wrongful death
Who is liable for Maine trip and fall accidents?
Often, victims are embarrassed about a slip, trip or fall, and feel personally responsible for their own injuries. However, upon further probing, our experienced team of slip and fall attorneys dig up evidence that the negligence of business owners, homeowners and landlords contributed to unsafe conditions that led to the accident.
To prove liability, a slip and fall lawyer must:
- Show evidence of injury, including medical records, photographs, and testimony from medical experts
- Provide proof of ownership and establish that the property owner had an obligation to the victim
- Demonstrate how the property owner either caused the dangerous situation or knew about a hazard on the property that was not adequately addressed in a timely fashion
In Maine, the judge must determine that you are less than 50 percent at fault for your injury. The amount of money you collect will then be proportionate to the amount of fault assessed to you.
In Maine, premises liability cases allow victims to collect for current and future medical expenses, time lost from work and reduced future earning capacity, the cost of labor to complete household chores, permanent disability, and emotional distress. You have up to six years from the time of the injury to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Maine.
Plaintiff wins big in recent settlement
Hardy, Wolf & Downing recently fought hard to secure compensation for a client, without a lengthy trial, when a plaintiff was injured at an outdoor venue that had poor lighting in a stairwell. The plaintiff suffered a knee injury following a fall and was unable to work for several months. The venue’s insurance tried to deny all liability, but our experienced team of personal injury lawyers negotiated a $24,000 settlement for our client before the case ever went to trial.
How a Maine slip and fall attorney from Hardy, Wolf & Downing can help
There are many slip and fall attorneys in Portland, Lewiston and the rest of Maine, but the personal injury lawyers at Hardy, Wolf & Downing are uniquely qualified to manage your case, given our professional backgrounds. Tom Downing previously worked as a legislative advocate, waging war against major insurance companies. Sheldon Tepler worked in the Maine Attorney General’s office and the federal court system at a high level. Chris Lewis worked in the Department of Justice. Fredda Wolf has been working in the U.S. federal courts since 1974.
Each member of the firm is experienced in personal injury and premises liability, with an impressive track record to back it.
After a slip, trip or fall, our personal injury lawyers can take your case on a contingency basis and help you:
- File all the necessary paperwork and assemble the documents you need to win the slip and fall lawsuit
- Write up a formal complaint outlining why you are entitled to compensation from the defendant
- Negotiate for a pre-trial settlement that would save you the hassle of waiting
- Investigate the facts surrounding what happened and apply the necessary laws to the incident
- Represent you in court and argue on your behalf, assembling expert testimonies to bolster your case
- Fight for the maximum settlement or award available to you, by law
- Keep you informed every step of the way, thus illuminating the legal process
- Provide a sympathetic ear, so you feel you are not alone in the fight for just compensation
If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you have every right to fight for justice. Call I-800-INJURED to speak with a qualified Maine slip and fall lawyer at Hardy, Wolf & Downing.
[Michael] We’ve handled hundreds of slip and fall type cases at Hardy Wolf & Downing. Some can be very simple but others and most, are very complicated. One of my favorite clients, Brian A. was seriously injured in a slip on ice while working as a truck driver.
[Brian] As I was going into the building nobody had put any sand or salt on the walkway. So BAM! I went down and my quadriceps were torn right off my leg. Knocked me right out because the pain was so bad.
[Michael] While Brian was treating and recovering from the quadriceps tendon that required a surgical repair and then after a few weeks recovery he starts physical therapy, he was going through his physical therapy building his legs back up and while preforming some of the exercises in physical therapy herniated a disc in his back.
[Brian] One doctor says listen he says, “I work for workmans’ comp. I don’t work for you. I work for workmans’ comp so I’m here to help workmans’ comp, not you.” And I said well that was kind of weird and he kind of like just I don’t know, threw off my injuries you know what I mean? And he tried to make it sound like I had injuries before this. And so he was trying to discredit me so bad.
[Michael] The insurance company obviously didn’t think they were responsible for that but legally they certainly are responsible. Once we presented them with the fact that he now needed back surgery to repair a herniated disc the insurance company fought it and went so far as to hire their own doctor to give them an opinion that it wasn’t related; he didn’t complain about any symptoms or pain in his back when he fell so therefore it couldn’t be related.
[Brian] I had a good lawyer, Michael W. and he took everything that they were trying to do to discredit me and he turned that right around to show the judge that what they were doing. And instead of telling the truth, you know how they reword things so it worked out pretty well.
[Michael] The most important thing to know in this case was that although the first injury was a serious injury requiring a surgical repair Brian was going to recover from that injury. But the back injury was a much more serious injury with more long standing complications. So had we not fought to get Brian the back injury related to the workers comp injury his recovery would have been significantly less but the insurance company would have gotten away with not being responsible for something we had to prove they were responsible for.
[Brian] I would recommend Hardy Wolf & Downing just from my personal experience.
- University of Maine - Falls Prevention Program Focus of $380,000 Grant, http://umaine.edu/news/blog/2013/08/01/falls-prevention-program-focus-of-380000-grant/
- Maine Department of Labor – Slipping & Falling On Ice: A Serious Workplace Hazard, http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/publications/injuries/SlipFallOnIce.pdf
- Maine Municipal Risk Management Services – Safety Shorts, http://www.memun.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?PortalId=0&EntryId=654
- Portland Press-Herald - Suit Against Sugar Loaf Gets Go Ahead, http://www.pressherald.com/2014/06/11/suit-against-sugarloaf-gets-go-ahead/