Maine offers a host of adventurous activities, as well as fun things like museums and shopping for the "indoorsy" among us. Just like any other state, however, it has its fair share of negligence, car accidents and personal injury cases. Sometimes you don't even know where liability lies. Maybe it was you who was injured, or maybe it was a family member or friend whose life was irrevocably changed. Whatever happened, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.
Maine Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Maine statutes online
This is where you’ll find Maine's laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information that you will need.
In Maine, you have six years to bring both personal injury and property damage claims. That means you have a full six years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.
The initial meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as intellectual property law or criminal defense law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus whatever office expenses they incurred.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal interest that came out of the Maine courts:
Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. 497 (2007): Twelve states and several cities, including Maine, came together against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force it to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 in the states' favor. The case was remanded to the EPA and they were instructed to articulate a valid reason for not regulating the greenhouse gases.
Rideout v. Riendeau, 761 A.2d 291 (2000): The question in this case was whether Maine's Grandparents Visitation Act violated the constitutional right of competent parents who chose not to have their children visit with grandparents. The court concluded that the Act is narrowly tailored to "serve a compelling state interest, and thus does not violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." The court concluded that the state has a compelling state interest in providing a forum for grandparents who have acted as parents to continue seeking contact with those children.
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America v. Concannon, No. 01-188 (2002): The Maine Rx Statute was signed into law on May 11, 2000, and was created to promote the health of citizens in the face of high prescription drug prices. The statute prohibits excessive pricing by manufacturers and is enforced by civil penalties; prohibits manufacturers from changing distribution methods as a way of avoiding the statute; and requires the commissioner to negotiate with manufacturers for prescription rebates. On October 26, 2000, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America entered a motion in the United States District Court that preliminarily enjoined the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Human Services and the Attorney General of Maine from implementing certain provisions of the Maine Rx Statute.
There are lots of issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.