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  SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSA) pays benefits based on financial need. Although the definition of Social Security Disability sounds fairly simple, applying for the benefits [Read More]

Distracted driving is a serious issue in the United States.  To paint a picture of the severity, you should know that 1.6 million accidents per year are caused by distracted driving and 11 teens die every day as a result of it. In recent years, both law enforcement and the government have identified the issues [Read More]

Catastrophic injuries are severe, long-term, life-altering injuries and, as with all injuries they happen when you least expect them to.  Many catastrophic injuries happen to individuals who are young, have families, and are in the field of manual labor. However, anyone is vulnerable to a catastrophic injury.  When incurred, catastrophic injuries can destroy a family’s [Read More]

  Auto insurance is required by 48 out of the 50 United States and is highly recommended by all. For everyone, auto insurance can protect individual assets and assist in the case of an unforeseen event or accident.  Unfortunately, because auto insurance is required and boring, many people enter into insurance agreements without understanding the [Read More]

What do I need to do if I get injured in an auto accident? It’s distressing and hard to remember what to do after you have been in an accident. 1.  Stop Your Vehicle: Stay safe. Assess the situation for your immediate safety. Stay in your car if there is a risk of injury or [Read More]

According to CDC Child Passenger Safety, motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. In the United States, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2015,4 and more than 121,350 were injured [Read More]

        The Social Security Disability Program lists several conditions that automatically qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, if you meet certain requirements (“called a listing”). The list of impairments contains the most common conditions that are considered severe enough to keep an individual from achieving sustained [Read More]

You spend your entire life creating a family, a home, a career, and accomplishments that you can be proud of.  You build these things and take care of them so that you and your family can live a nice, carefree life.  Unfortunately, the hard truth is that someday, no matter who you are, your life [Read More]


Published January 18th, 2018 in Blog Post Workers Comp

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with combat veterans. However, people in the workplace also suffer from PTSD. In fact, PSTD is one of the most common mental health illnesses linked to an employee’s work. According to the Washington-based International Association of Fire Fighters, one in five firefighters or paramedics will suffer from PTSD [Read More]

What is the value of my case? The value of your case is tied to the nature and extent of your injuries. Commonly, you can be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of spousal support and hedonic damages. I frequently will review the medical records, medical bills and lost wage documentation [Read More]


Published November 30th, 2017 in Blog Post Family Law

 What Does Ex-Parte Mean in A Court Case? An ex-party order is an emergency request to obtain an immediate order by a judge in an emergency according to evidence that is provided by only one parent or party. Not all ex-parte orders require a hearing on the date of filing. We get questions all the [Read More]

When making a claim for a personal injury case, it is important that you maximize any potential benefits. Medical payments, also known as “Med Pay,” is something that is many times overlooked, especially if someone is trying to handle the claim on their own, without the assistance of an NH Personal Injury Lawyer. Med Pay [Read More]

Can you imagine yourself crossing a street and being struck and knocked down by a passing vehicle?   From your perspective, the driver might seem to appear out of nowhere, collide with you, and cause you either temporary or permanent injury. The proper response would seem clear: you file a claim and the driver’s insurance [Read More]

In New Hampshire, you can be arrested for a DUI if you have a blood Alcohol Level of .08% or higher for anyone at the of 21 or older. If you are under the age of 21 you can get a DUI with a Blood Alcohol Level of .02% or higher and if you are [Read More]

In some Divorce cases one spouse could potentially be awarded what is called “Alimony.” Alimony is the payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse.  The Alimony could be given in a lump sum or on a month to month basis. Alimony is paid to what is called the “dependent” spouse by the “supporting” [Read More]


  The following is a list of the ten most common workplace injuries: Overexertion – This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics. Fall on Same Level Surfaces – This pertains to falls on wet and [Read More]

“Dance Like No One is Watching; Email Like It May One Day Be Read Aloud in a Deposition.” Quoting Olivia Nuzzi, political reporter for The Daily Beast.  The same goes for your posts and pictures on social media as they can end up in court. Modern life is so infused with social channels that it can [Read More]

IF I AM HURT IN A CAR ACCIDENT CAN MY SPOUSE MAKE A CLAIM? New Hampshire recognizes a type of personal injury claim known as a loss of consortium. Loss of consortium is a cause of action that is available to the spouse of a person injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of [Read More]

If you’re a tenant, what do you do when you’re having serious concerns about your apartment such as the heat not reaching a certain level? Sure, you could try contacting the landlord or the property management company to address your issue. But what if they don’t respond? Or what if they don’t repair it correctly? [Read More]

What do I need to do if I get injured? The gathering of documentary evidence at the early stage of the case is very important.  A personal injury case can take several years to resolve and as time goes by memories get hazy and document are lost. Don’t delay, get organized right off the bat! [Read More]

Effective January 1, 2017 the standard mileage reimbursement rate for transportation expenses as set by the IRS will be reduced to 53.5 cents per mile. This changes the mileage reimbursement rate payable under RSA 281-A:23, Medical, Hospital & Remedial Care. This rate should be used by workers’ compensation carriers for reimbursement for eligible workers’ compensation [Read More]

As medical providers move toward the practice of maintaining electronic medical records, it is important to keep a few things in mind during this transition.  Unfortunately, not all providers have the same level of proficiency with technology and this can create some problems with the accuracy of your records.  During an average visit with your [Read More]

I get questions all the time from tenants about the return of their security deposit and whether the landlord can deduct a certain amount for repairs. Frequently, the landlord will attempt to keep portions of their deposit to repair conditions that may have existed prior to the tenant moving in. This post will hopefully provide [Read More]

Did you know that in the State of New Hampshire you do not need to carry auto insurance? A study in 2012 found that 9.3 percent of New Hampshire residents do not carry insurance. I have seen this too frequently in my practice  as many of my clients are hit by somebody who does not [Read More]

Parenting Plans

Published November 15th, 2016 in Blog Post

PARENTING PLANNED By Dana K. Smith, Esq. A big part of being an attorney is that everyone, from your neighbor, to Uncle Jim, to the cable guy, has a question or scenario they want to run by for your legal advice. Most of the time, I can certainly understand where these questions are coming from. [Read More]

IMPORTANCE OF PARENTING PLANS IN DIVORCE AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS According to the New Hampshire Law regarding parental rights and responsibilities, specifically section 461-A: 2, children are considered tohave proper development when both parents are present during their childhood. The state has therefore put in place measures to ensure children always have access to both parents [Read More]

Every year, almost 5 million people are bitten by dogs….and most of those bitten are children, followed by senior citizens. Preventing dog bites is everyone’s responsibility, and simple measures can be very effective. Be aware of the fact that any dog can bite. From the smallest to the largest, even the friendliest, cute and easy-going [Read More]

New Hampshire Workers’ Comp Covers All Employees. It doesn’t matter whose fault the injury was. In most cases, employees can get workers’ comp, including part-time, temporary, and immigrant workers. Undocumented workers are eligible for most types of workers’ compensation benefits, including payment of medical bills. Injured Workers’ Benefits: New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation law is designed [Read More]

Hispanic and Latinos are much more likely to be fatally injured on the job. Personal Injury Attorney services are needed in the Spanish Speaking community. Their families are in need of the legal support of attorneys wHispanic and Latinos are much more likely to be fatally injured on the job, but are less likely to [Read More]

5 WAYS TO APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME pays benefits based on financial need. Here are 5 ways to apply for Social Security [Read More]

The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently ruled that family members of injured workers’ are entitled to reimbursement for home care health care that they provide for their relative.  The Court found that the definition of health care provider did not exclude family members and that this service was reimbursable pursuant to the New Hampshire Workers’ [Read More]

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