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Car accidents: Extractions required after violent crash

Drivers in Maine these days must always remain focused and aware of their surroundings. Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Recently, a destructive crash in Winslow injured four people and showered Route 137 with wreckage and debris, shutting the road down for two hours. The crash occurred during the morning hours at the intersection of South and North Reynolds roads. Those who live near the area say the intersection is prone to accidents and needs some sort of traffic light or signal.

According to reports, a Toyota Corolla pulled out on to Route 137 from South Reynolds Road. Reports say the Corolla was then struck on the driver's side door by a truck traveling east. The violent collision knocked the Corolla into a ditch while the truck ended up on its side, reports said.

How to talk to a doctor who just doesn't listen to you

You deserve world-class care when you go to the hospital. You deserve a doctor who listens to you, who provides excellent treatment and who makes an accurate diagnosis.

This is not to say that doctors are perfect. They're human. But they still need to give you the attention you deserve and they need to provide proper care. If they're negligent, they won't listen to what you have to say and they make mistakes that you know they could have avoided, that's a problem. A misdiagnosis can be incredibly serious.

Alleged botched surgery leads to medical malpractice claim

There are always risks involved with any surgery no matter how routine the procedure may be. The smallest errors can cause major complications. Physicians and surgeons in Maine and across the country often work exhausting schedules, sometimes with no breaks. The resulting fatigue can contribute to mistakes. A woman in another state recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after she was allegedly injured during a surgical procedure.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery to resection her bowel. The woman claims that, during the procedure, the doctor mistakenly cut her ureters, which are tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Allegedly, this led to complications and the plaintiff was forced to undergo several corrective procedures.

Motor vehicle accidents: Driver arrested after leaving crash

Navigating roadways in Maine these days can be a very dangerous task for driver. Statistics say that motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of death and injury in the state. Accidents are occurring at a higher frequency as more and more people visit and take up residence here. Any accident can be a stressful experience, but the experience can be even more stressful and traumatic when the at-fault driver flees the scene of an accident.

A man was arrested recently after he left the scene of an accident that caused injury to two passengers. The accident occurred during the afternoon hours on Thurston Hill Road in Madison. Reports say the driver of a Honda Accord drove off the road and struck some trees.

Schools can be held liable for accidents on their properties

When you send your children to school, it is your belief that they will be well taken care of. You believe that the people at school have your child's best interests at heart and that they won't do anything that could affect your child's health.

Unfortunately, negligence is something that someone can participate in without even thinking about it. For example, if your child is outside for recess, there should be an adult monitoring the children as they play. If the monitor is not paying attention and children endanger themselves or others, there may be a situation where a parent, or multiple parents, have a right to file a claim against the school.

Distracted driving blamed for head-on crash

Drivers in Maine face a myriad of dangers on roadways across the state. Distracted driving has become a major cause of accidents, as drivers these days face an abundance of distractions that can take focus off of the road. Texting while driving has become a big problem across the nation, and as a result, many states have outlawed the use of cell phones behind the wheel. According to recent statistics, the usage of cell phones while driving leads to over 1.6 million accidents each year in the United States.

A recent head-on crash resulted in a pregnant woman and her 8-year-old son suffering significant injuries. The crash occurred on Route 302 in Fryeburg. Police say the woman was traveling west when a Volvo crossed over the center line and slammed head-on into her vehicle.

Woman files premises liability claim after fall

The state of Maine is home to award-winning, first class restaurants and shops. Customers should be able to visit these wonderful establishments and sit down to a relaxing meal without fearing for their safety. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured every year in restaurants and stores across the country. Owners and operators of any public establishment are responsible for the safety of guests. When hazards or dangerous conditions in public establishments cause physical harm, victims may take action and file a premises liability claim.

Recently, a woman in another state claims she was injured while visiting a well-known restaurant and she has filed a lawsuit. According to claims, the woman was entering the restaurant and encountered a rug that was wet. Allegedly, the wet rug caused her to trip and fall.

Potentially injured customers are why businesses need insurance

Most businesses that you visit in Maine will have general liability insurance policies. Everyone from your tax professional to the butcher you swear by will usually have insurance on their business and facility. There are many reasons that companies should purchase business insurance policies, but the potential for customer injuries is one of the most persuasive.

The main reason for a business to exist is to make money, so clearly every business should attempt to avoid financial risks and liabilities. Making sure the company doesn't end up financially responsible for someone who gets hurt on the premises is one important safeguard that can protect the business. General liability insurance, as well as special premises liability riders, can provide businesses that have customers or clients visit them with protection against the financial fallout if someone gets hurt.

Personal Injury Checklist for Maine Residents

Personal injury law is different in every state, so it's important to be careful when you are facing a personal injury claim and a potential lawsuit to get the justice you need, within time and law constraints. Learning what it takes to file for a personal injury lawsuit in your state can be confusing and overwhelming, but with these simple steps, it doesn't have to be for Maine residents. Every case is nuanced and different in its regard. Before consulting one of the many Maine personal injury lawyers, follow this simple checklist, it will help you prepare for your injury case. Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself and your legal rights

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