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For the fourth year in a row,  Attorney John L. Ward recognized in super lawyers magazine Patch, FitzGerald & Ward, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorney John L. Ward has twice been named N.H. “Super Lawyer” by the New England edition of the Super Lawyers Magazine a publication listing the most accomplished attorneys in [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]

On June 14, 2017, Patch, FitzGerald & Ward volunteered for the NH Bar Association Lawline. Volunteer attorneys are available to answer your legal questions through Lawline, the Bar’s free telephone legal advice service. Lawline is held on the SECOND Wednesday of each month from 6–8p.m. To reach Lawline, call the NH Bar Association (toll free) [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]

NOTICE: The maximum weekly compensation rate under the New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Law will increase from one thousand five hundred seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,507.50) to one thousand five hundred thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,537.50) effective July 1, 2017.  In order for an injured employee to receive the maximum benefit, the employee must [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]

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]


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 slippery [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]

John B. FitzGerald, III has been appointed as a Founding Board Member of Kids Chance of New Hampshire. Educating Children of Injured Workers in New Hampshire. Planning for the future never starts too early. Financial hardship often results from the death or serious injury of a parent due to a workplace accident, making it difficult [Read More]

  Come join us to benefit the Manchester City Library Foundation and to celebrate national library week! John L. Ward is a foundation director of The Manchester City Library Foundation which is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplemental support to the Manchester City Library. The Foundation reinforces the need for continued and increased [Read More]

JOHN L. WARD PRESENTS AT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLE John L. Ward was recently a speaker at the Traps for the Unwary: Workers’ Compensation webinar https://www.nhbar.org/NHBACLE/ which was held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and filmed at the New Hampshire Bar Center. The seminar focused the nuts and bolts of a Workers’ Compensation practice in New [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]

On January 13, 2017, the law firm of Patch, FitzGerald & Ward volunteered at the New Hampshire Food Bank. The attorneys and staff organized and sorted 3,716 pounds of frozen goods into 116 cases which will be distributed throughout the State of New Hampshire. The Food Bank estimated that this work will produce 3,096 meals [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]

  Patch, FitzGerald & Ward is proud to announce that the New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of our client regarding attorney fees. December 13, 2016 opinion in the matter of Appeal of Katherien Streeter.  Attorney John FitzGerald, III and Attorney Dana Smith on the brief. The petitioner, Katherine Streeter, appeals an order [Read More]

Patch, FitzGerald & Ward, P.A. is pleased to announce Attorney John L. Ward has once again been recognized by his peers for inclusion in the New England edition of the Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication listing the most accomplished attorneys in each state. Each year, the magazine compiles a list of roughly five percent of [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]

Custody cases are a common phenomenon in the modern day courtrooms with failed marriages being a major contributing factor. The families of the involved parties are often affected by these incidences with children being the most affected. The effects can range from psychological change to changes in academic performance which is often portrayed by children [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]

On February 26, 2016 the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued a decision in the Appeal of Raymond Cover which states that part time employees are eligible for reinstatement pursuant to RSA 281-A:25-a. The Supreme Court found that part-time employees have a right of reinstatement pursuant to RSA 281-A:25-a and that Lab 504.05 (b)(3) impermissibly modifies [Read More]

Patch, FitzGerald and Ward are pleased to announce that Lori Jusczak, nurse paralegal, was recently named to the school board for the Making Community Connections Charter School. Lori also serves on the Academic Excellence and Development Committee at the school. Congratulations Lori!

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