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Attorney Terry Garmey earns highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Press release, Nov. 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine - Attorney Terry Garmey, principal at Terry Garmey & Associates, has earned the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell.
Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis, conducts peer review ratings throughout the nation and bases results on the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary. Garmey was recognized as "AV Preeminent" for 2014, meaning that his peers ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence.
"I'm honored by this recognition," Garmey said. "The fact that this rating comes from my peers, members of the legal profession and the judiciary ... Read More »

Posted November 12th, 2013 in Press

Maine jury awards Romanian student $750,000

Press release, Oct. 8, 2013

ALFRED, Maine - A jury in York County, Maine, has awarded $750,000 to a 23-year-old Romanian woman who was run over by a school bus while she was riding her bicycle in the summer of 2010.
Monica Semian was riding from her job at a hotel to her second job at an ice cream shop on Sept. 9, 2010, in the town of Ogunquit. She was struck on Route 1 by a school bus making a right hand turn. She suffered a crushed pelvis and other serious injuries requiring multiple surgeries. Semian sued the bus company, Ledgemere ... Read More »

Posted November 12th, 2013 in Press

Bangor Daily News covers Monica Semian $750,000 verdict

Bangor Daily News, Oct. 8, 2013
A woman who was struck by a school bus while riding her bicycle in Ogunquit during the summer of 2010 has been awarded $750,000 in compensation by a York County Superior Court jury. "I am very grateful to the jury," said Monica Semian in a release issued by her attorneys, Terry Garmey and Gary Goldberg of Terry Garmey & Associates in Portland. "I feel vindicated."
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Posted November 12th, 2013 in Press

"Bicyclist hit by Maine bus awarded $750,000"

Portland Press Herald, Oct. 8, 2013
A Romanian college student who was run over by a school bus in Ogunquit in 2010 while she rode a bicycle has been awarded a $750,000 judgment.
"By returning a $1 million verdict and reducing it to $750,000 for Monica's own responsibility, the jury showed they understood the case and wanted justice served in York County, even for an exchange student from Romania," said Semian's attorney Terry Garmey.
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Posted November 12th, 2013 in Press

"Charges still possible after probe of Bath explosion"

The Forecaster, Feb. 27, 2013.
"We've never suggested that anybody was criminally responsible; that's not to suggest that ultimately we won't prove that somebody was careless in causing this to happen, and we are fully confident we will," said Terry Garmey, the Portland attorney representing Fussell's family.
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Family of Bath explosion victim prepares for lawsuit"

WCSH-Channel 6, Feb. 21, 2013.
A lawyer for the family of the woman killed in an explosion in Bath has filed notice that they intend to sue the owners of the apartment complex and the company that provided the propane. An early morning explosion last week demolished a two unit apartment building and damaged at least two other units. Dale Fussel, 64, was killed inside her apartment. Attorney Terry Garmey says Fussel complained to her brother in the summer about smelling propane and that people who knew her have agreed.
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Family mourns Bath explosion victim; lawsuit possible"

Portland Press Herald, Feb. 20, 2013.
"The suspicion is that this was avoidable," said Terry Garmey, the attorney representing the family. "Usually in my experience, (in) explosions and carbon monoxide cases, usually there is a trail of concerning events that are disregarded."
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Questions remain in deadly explosion in Bath"

WGME, Channel 13, Feb. 18, 2013
"It is the hope of the family that there is some justice for them but we will find out how this happened and we will produce something that will protect other families from having to undergo this type of tragedy," said Terry Garmey, the family's attorney. "There are reasons to believe that her unit heater may have been repaired or even replaced very shortly before this explosion."
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Family of woman killed in Bath building explosion seeks answers"

The Forecaster, Feb. 19, 2013.
Portland attorney Terry Garmey, who is representing the family of Dale Ann Fussell, said last week that "it's important that (they get) whatever measure of justice is available to them in Maine. It's also very important to them that they understand why this happened. ... They don't want this to happen to any other family here in Maine or anywhere else."
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Management company of exploded Bath building had previous issues in Brewer"

Bangor Daily News, Feb. 15, 2013.
"We need to look underneath," Garmey said. "Somehow, the family needs to understand how the explosion came about, in part so we can rest assured it's not likely to occur again. We're going to go as far as we have to go until these important questions are answered."
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

Terry Garmey named to prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates

Press release
A lawyer from Maine is now officially one of the very few in the country admitted into an organization described as "100 of the best plaintiff lawyers in the U.S."
Terry Garmey has met the stringent membership requirements of the Inner Circle of Advocates. Founded in 1972, The Inner Circle of Advocates is an invitation-only group, limited to 100 lawyers of excellent character and integrity, representing people throughout the United States.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

Terry Garmey named 2011 personal injury litigator of the year for Portland, Maine

Press release
Terrence Garmey, Partner at Smith, Elliott, Smith & Garmey, has been named 2011 Personal Injury Litigator of the Year for Portland, Maine by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Suit tests immunity of city, school in fatal air crash"

Portland Press Herald, Feb. 26, 2010.
Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that tests the state law protecting cities and public schools from liability lawsuits.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court's ruling, expected in the next few months, could have a major effect on the way local governments work with independent contractors such as bus companies and charter air services.
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Maine Supreme Judicial Court approves verdict for Sanford widow"

Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine
SANFORD - The widow of a Sanford man who died when he was pinned by a forklift in 2003 said she's relieved that Maine's highest court has found that equipment companies have a duty to inform those who buy their products of hazards, even if the equipment was purchased through a third party.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Jury awards widow $4.2 million in forklift death"

Portland Press Herald, Aug. 29, 2006
In closing arguments in U.S. District Court in Portland, Terry Garmey told jurors that Crown knew of 220 accidents of the type that killed Brown. Many, he said, resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths before Brown's.
"Crown was on notice that this machine was a serial killer. Period," he said. "For years they had a don't-ask-don't-tell policy for saving lives."
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Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Safety of forklift at issue in federal trial"

Portland Press Herald, Aug. 17, 2006.
Terrence Garmey, the family's lawyer, told jurors that a design flaw in the 1989 Crown standup lift truck allowed Brown to back up under a shelving unit, where he was pinned and suffocated.
An inexpensive adaptation could have prevented the accident, said Garmey, a Portland attorney who represents Brown's widow, Claire. He said Crown did not share the safety information with Brown's employer, leaving him vulnerable to an accident.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Family's tragedy may spare others"

Portland Press Herald, Jan. 10, 2003
Hoping to make something good out of something "too horrible to describe, " the father of an 8-year-old boy who was crushed to death by an elevator came to Maine on Thursday to announce a national campaign to eliminate the kind of accident that killed his son.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Settlement ends suit over death in elevator"

Portland Press Herald, Jan. 7, 2003.
The family of an 8-year-old boy who was crushed in an antique elevator at the Bethel Inn has dropped a wrongful-death lawsuit in exchange for $3 million and a plan to prevent future accidents. Tucker Smith died in August 2001 after he was trapped between the doors of a moving elevator while visiting the inn with his parents and two sisters.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press

"Elevator design flaw blamed in nine children's deaths"

Associated Press, Sept. 14, 2002.
The 8-year-old boy's life came to an end with the push of an elevator button. While on vacation with his family last year, Tucker Smith stepped into the space between the outer swinging door and inner collapsible gate of a 1929 elevator at the Bethel Inn and Country Club. The outer door closed behind the 60-pound child, trapping him in a 7 1/2-inch-deep space between, just as the elevator was called up.

Posted June 25th, 2013 in Press