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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]

  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]

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]

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]

Construction workers build our roads, houses, and repair and maintain our nation’s physical infrastructure. This work includes many hazardous tasks and conditions. Construction workers incur the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector. Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in the United States. While the construction industry provides employment to [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

In the winter New Hampshire roads can be covered with snow and ice. When this happens, there is a dramatic increase in winter related automobile accidents. The question may be, if you sustain a personal injury, do you have a case? Just because you get into an auto accident does not mean you automatically have [Read More]

RE: Mileage Rates

Published January 9th, 2014 in Personal Injury

Pursuant to RSA 281-A:23 (medical, hospital and remedial care) all claimants are entitled to mileage to and from mileage for their appointments. This mileage rate changes on a yearly basis. As of January 1, 2014, the mileage rate is being decreased from $.56.55 to$.56 for all miles incurred.

Social Security Offset : If you are collecting workers’ compensation benefits it is important to understand that if you apply for Social Security and are approved, there is a Social Security offset. This means that your Social Security benefits may be reduced based on you receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The attorneys at Patch & FitzGerald [Read More]

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