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If you have been injured, your primary focus is almost certainly on healing your body to the fullest extent possible. You are listening to your medical care providers and dealing, as best as you can, with the pain, physical limitations, and possible income loss caused by your injury. The last thing you want is to deal with insurance companies whose goal is to minimize the amount they may have to pay on behalf of their insureds who caused your injury.

Attorney Pattershall helps personal injury clients focus on healing. He investigates whether another person or entity may be liable to pay you damages for the harm you have sustained. He coordinates the many facets of personal injury litigation, which include understanding the medicine involved in a given injury, working closely with expert witnesses if necessary, calculating the value of lost wage and future earnings claims, and negotiating with insurance companies, including with those asserting subrogation claims. His clients’ personal injury cases often involve unsettled questions of law. He routinely tackles such issues and always works diligently to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. He takes pride in helping his clients take a major step towards putting their lives back together. If you would like to discuss your potential case, Attorney Pattershall is happy to provide a free case evaluation. He represents plaintiffs in the following types of cases: 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Representing drivers and passengers injured by another operator's violation of the rules of the road.  Representative matters include vehicular collisions, trailer truck negligence, and motorcycle collisions.

Defective Products

Title 14 M.R.S. § 221 renders sellers of defective products that are unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer strictly liable for physical harm caused by such products. Products liability encompasses a spectrum of goods from manufactured products to food served by restaurants. 

Wrongful Death

Title 18-A M.R.S. § 2-802 governs actions for wrongful death.  This statute sets parameters on recovery for the loss of comfort, society and companionship of the deceased and sets forth a two-year limitations period to bring such claims. 

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims must first be presented to a medical malpractice screening panel pursuant to the Maine Health Security Act, 24 M.R.S. § 2501 et seq.  A three-year statute of limitations applies to such claims, and actions for medical malpractice encompass not only claims against physicians, but also against other health care providers such as social workers, psychologists, nurses, and dentists among others.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Business owners have a duty to reasonably respond to foreseeable dangers and keep premises reasonably safe to customers.  These claims invariably involve questions of comparative negligence, so it is important to discuss the circumstances giving rise to your injury with an attorney.

Reputational Injuries

Although a person may not inflict physical harm, his or her words can have a devastating effect on one's reputation in the community. Defamation—commonly called libel when the statement is printed and slander when spoken—is a false and defamatory (i.e. damaging) statement concerning another person, an unprivileged publication to a third party, and fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher.  Some defamatory statements are per se actionable (i.e. statements regarding a person's profession or occupation).  Others require proof of actual damages.

Intentional Torts 

Intentional infliction of emotional distress and battery are examples of torts committed with a higher degree of culpability than mere negligence. The person who commits such torts intends to cause harm.  Such torts, if committed with actual or implied malice, have the potential for an award punitive damages in addition to actual damages suffered by the victim.