Maine Medical Malpractice Attorneys

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We place a great deal of trust in our doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals because of their education, training and skills. However, when they make a mistake out of poor judgment or carelessness, they betray this trust and face liability for what is known as “medical malpractice.”

A mere negative or undesired result of a medical treatment does not by itself amount to medical malpractice. Instead, malpractice occurs when a health-care professional’s performance falls below the standard of care that is expected of doctors handling similar treatments.

The experienced attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have represented clients in medical malpractice cases throughout the state of Maine, including Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland. We can review the facts of your case and determine whether you have a claim. Contact our medical malpractice legal team at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.

Medical malpractice cases arise in a variety of areas. Examples of medical malpractice or negligence include:

We also know that medical malpractice victims may be able to seek compensation from a number of different parties who can be held jointly and severally liable for injuries, including:

Medical malpractice law is a highly technical field of law, and lawsuits against health care professionals and hospitals tend to be vigorously defended by their insurance companies. That is why it’s important to work with attorneys who have a deep background in medical malpractice litigation and are familiar with the nuances of our state’s medical malpractice laws.

For instance, in Maine, you will need to submit your medical malpractice claim to a pre-trial screening panel. The panel’s screening process can be waived if all parties agree, or all parties could agree in writing to submit the claim to a binding decision of the panel.  Any disclosures made before the panel, as well as the panel’s ultimate findings, are confidential and cannot be used in later litigation.

Other unique aspects of Maine’s medical malpractice laws include:

  • Maine is a “modified comparative fault” state, which means you can recover damages from another party if you are 49 percent or less at fault for what caused your injury. Unlike other comparative fault states, a jury in Maine does not have to reduce damages by your percentage of fault but may reduce your damages by an amount it deems to be “just and equitable” under the circumstances.
  • An expert’s testimony is required to establish a case of negligence, but an expert does not need to attach an affidavit to a medical malpractice complaint.
  • Evidence of collateral payments, such as payments from your insurance company, can be heard in court but only after the jury has rendered a verdict.
  • If a jury awards an amount in excess of $250,000, either party may ask the court to order that damages be paid in periodic payments.
  • Medical malpractice actions in Maine must be filed within three years after the date of the act or omission that caused the injury. However, actions for injuries to a child must be filed within six years after the date of the act or omission or within three years after the child reaches the age of majority, whichever occurs first.

The type and amount of compensation to which an individual is entitled varies greatly based on the situation.  Patients who are successful in a medical malpractice lawsuit can recover monetary compensation for certain damages that they suffered such as:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Loss of past earnings;
  • Loss of future earnings;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past and future medical expenses.

Since 1853 our firm has been an integral part of Maine, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve.  We fight to protect the rights of patients and their families. If you or a family member has been injured by a health-care professional’s poor judgment or carelessness, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.