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Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyers

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When you've been injured, you need a fierce advocate with a gentle bedside manner.

When you or a member of your family suffers significant personal injury or wrongful death in Vermont due to negligence, Downs Rachlin Martin’s experienced and highly skilled personal injury lawyers and legal nurse consultant are ready to assist you with the full range of issues that you face.

Engaging legal representation as quickly as possible enables your lawyer to begin building a file of important information and evidence that will be needed to effectively represent you in negotiations with the alleged negligent party or to prepare for litigation.

Personalized attention, singular focus.

Our approach is to concentrate on a small number of cases, which enables us to provide a high level of personal service to our clients. We understand the wide-ranging impacts, disruption, and suffering that significant personal injury can have on the victim’s and/or survivor’s lives. We not only provide the critical legal representation that you need, but we also help with insurance issues, make recommendations and referrals for treatment options and provide much-needed patient and family support throughout the legal process, treatment and recovery.

Our personal injury attorneys work hard on behalf of victims of significant personal injury and families in cases of wrongful death. We have achieved some of the largest recoveries in Vermont.

Our personal injury negligence work has included cases involving significant injuries such as paralysis and/or brain and spinal cord injury or wrongful death associated with:

  • motor vehicles
  • sports injuries
  • premises defects
  • electrical appliances/facilities
  • liquor liability
  • industrial and agricultural activities

The most frequent feedback we receive from clients is “I wish we had found you sooner.” If you or a loved one have suffered a serious personal injury, you owe it to yourself to contact attorney Robert Luce to explore the merits of your claim.

We treat our clients’ problems as if they were our own.

Our personal injury lawyers provide an exceptionally high level of day-to-day attention and service; explore the victim’s many avenues for recourse, including insurance coverage, evaluation of liability, understanding complex medical issues such as brain and spinal cord injury, methods for funding treatment alternatives, and alternative dispute resolution; and listen to and work closely with clients to define and pursue strategies that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes.

Stay abreast of some of the most recent medical news impacting personal injury litigation.

Downs Rachlin Martin attorney Robert Luce often writes about the impact of brain injury, improvements in diagnosis, treatment, and the prevention of brain injury. For more on this and on strategies to obtain compensation for personal injury caused by negligence, visit his Traumatic Brain Injury Blog.

Plaintiff Personal Injury Client Testimonials

“In April 2013 my wife and I were running errands on our motorcycles like we have been doing for years. Our lives changed in a moment when my wife was hit by a motorist who failed to yield, causing serious injuries and requiring several weeks of hospitalization, several surgeries, and a long road to recovery. My wife was in great pain for weeks.

My wife was very brave, but we faced not only a great disruption to our family life but also significant financial hardships. They included substantial lost earnings for both my wife and me and big expenses not covered by insurance, including adaptive household apparatus and costly travel back and forth to the hospital.

We contacted Bob Luce based on a recommendation from a friend. Bob and his nurse consultant Marie Whitbeck met us at the hospital and impressed us immediately with their genuine and caring approach to my wife’s welfare. Supporting her maximum recovery was clearly their priority. Within two months of the accident, Bob had recovered the limit of the other guy’s insurance and we had a large deposit in our account to cover the expenses we faced. Within eight months of the accident, Bob and his team pulled off a fantastic second settlement with our insurer, providing us with the financial comfort we need to assist with the accident-related troubles we will encounter for the rest of our lives as a family.

There were many hurdles to overcome to get this great result, which Bob and his team managed flawlessly. We are sincerely grateful to Bob and the DRM team for making our long road a little smoother. I can’t say enough about their responsiveness, explanations we could understand, and guidance at every step of the process.” – T.M.

Director Timothy C. Doherty, Jr.

Timothy C. Doherty, Jr.


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Attorney Robert B. Luce

Robert B. Luce


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Attorney Marc Heath

Marc B. Heath

Of Counsel

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Director Robert D. Rachlin

Robert D. Rachlin

Of Counsel

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Litigation Associate Monica Allard

Monica Allard


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Paralegal Louise Reese

Louise C. Reese


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Marie B. Whitbeck, R.N.

Marie B. Whitbeck, R.N.


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Plaintiff Personal Injury

Monica Allard joins DRM

Monica Allard has joined Downs Rachlin Martin. Monica has begun work in the firm's Litigation Group in Burlington, Vermont.
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