Invisible Insurance

When you bring suit to recover for injuries caused by someone else, you sue the responsible party. You may not name the responsible party’s insurance company in the suit.  In fact, if reference is made in the presence of the jury to the fact that there was insurance, a mistrial would be declared.

The judicial system routinely praises the wisdom and sanctity of the jury. Yet somewhere along the way, it has convinced itself that a jury will award money irresponsibly if it finds out that there is insurance coverage. What the system does in response is bend over backwards to give the jury the false impression that a verdict for an injured party must be paid out of the pocket of the responsible party. That is virtually always untrue in personal injury cases.

To promote that falsehood is to mislead the jury. Luckily, I don’t believe that our jurors are fooled. They aren’t naïve. They assume that there’s insurance. And the record is clear that that doesn’t cause our juries to act irresponsibly.

By:  Peter G. Webb

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Winer and Bennett is “Best of Greater Nashua”

Winer and Bennett, LLP is delighted to announce that the firm was selected as the “Best of Greater Nashua” for 2016 after a public survey by the Nashua Telegraph.

Thank you to all of our clients and friends who took the time to vote for the firm, and to all of our employees who work hard day in and day out to provide exceptional service and professionalism to our clients.

Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/winerbennett/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

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Changes to Condo Act Effective 8/1/16

Condominium Association Boards and Property Managers should be aware that the New Hampshire legislature passed sweeping changes to the Condominium Act that became effective August 1, 2016.

Partner Gary M. Daddario of Winer and Bennett, LLP will be teaching three seminars on the changes in an effort to provide necessary information and guidance. One by webinar on 9/14/16, and two live seminars at the Community Associations Institute Expos (“CAI”) on 10/22/16 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Massachusetts and 11/3/16 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Existing and prospective clients should feel free to contact Gary directly with questions at (978) 226-6134.

To learn more about the CAI Expos, see: https://www.caine.org/default.asp

Attorney Brenner Webb Teaches Business Law

Attorney Brenner Webb of Winer and Bennett, LLP taught his quarterly seminar, “Legal Considerations for New Business Owners,” at the Center for Women in Enterprise on August 9, 2016.
To learn more about the Center, visit their website at:http://www.cweonline.org/…/CWE-NewHa…/tabid/287/Default.aspx

Winer and Bennett Sponsors Hollis Fast 5K

Winer and Bennett, LLP sponsored the 2016 Hollis/Brookline Rotary Club’s “Hollis Fast 5K” which was held on June 9, 2016. WB attorneys Peter Bennett and Peter Webb are long-time members of the Hollis/Brookline Rotary Club and helped to organize the successful event.

Learn more about the race at http://www.hollisfast5k.com/ or on the Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/HollisFast5k/?fref=nf

Winer and Bennett sponsors Millyard BPR

Winer and Bennett, LLP participated in the second annual Millyard BPR Bike Paddle and Run triathlon highlighting the downtown Mines Falls Park and new Broad Street Parkway project. Four lawyers from the firm completed the triathlon finishing, in order, Brenner Webb, John Edwards, Brian Kelly, and Kent Barker.

Winer and Bennett presented a display booth dispensing water and fruit to participants. The firm hopes to participate in similar events that highlight the Greater Nashua community and healthy lifestyle. See photos from the event at: https://www.facebook.com/winerbennett/

Attorney Brenner Webb Teaches Legal Seminar

Attorney Brenner Webb taught a seminar, Legal Considerations for New Business Owners, at the Center for Women & Enterprise on May 24, 2016. His next seminar is scheduled for August 9, 2016.

To learn more about the Center or to sign up for the class, go to: http://www.cweonline.org/…/CWE-NewHa…/tabid/287/Default.aspx

What is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

A personal injury lawyer is often asked early on what the value of a case is. I sometimes respond by asking the client what a car in our parking lot is worth.  A client naturally asks how old the car is, what shape the body is in, what the make and model are, what the mileage is, whether there are any mechanical problems, etc.  People are familiar with the buying and selling of cars and they instinctively know that you have to have the specs first.

The value of a personal injury claim is also determined by the specific facts of the case. Those facts have to be known before a valid value can be assigned to the claim.  Not all cases involving a leg fracture, for example, have the same value.

The value of a case will be influenced by, among other things:

  1. The severity of the injury;
  2. The total amount of the medical expense;
  3. The extent to which the injury impacts normal activities;
  4. The amount of any past and future wages lost as a result of the injury;
  5. The magnitude and duration of the pain the injury causes;
  6. The emotional consequences of the physical injury;
  7. The future impact of the injury.

An experienced lawyer will tell you at the outset that an accurate valuing of your claim can’t be made until there is a complete understanding of the full reality of the injury. That full reality is what a jury will be asked to value when it decides what in a particular case constitutes “full, fair and adequate compensation.”

By:  Peter G. Webb

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Driving Privileges after DUI Conviction

In January of 2016, a new statute became effective in New Hampshire that allows individuals convicted of Driving Under the Influence, first offense, to apply for limited driving privileges in New Hampshire.  Individuals who qualify may request permission to drive on specific days and times in order to travel to obligations including work, job interviews or training, drug and alcohol treatment, school or to care for an ill family member.

This new law will permit many individuals to minimize the negative personal, professional and academic impacts following a conviction for DUI.  To learn more about how to apply for limited driving privileges, contact DUI defense attorneys Brenner Webb or Kent Barker today.

Attorney Daddario Receives Award For Excellence

Attorney Gary Daddario received an award for “Excellence in Government & Public Affairs” at the annual Community Associations Institute (CAI) banquet on March 18, 2016. Recipients of the award are recognized for their work with CAI’s Legislative Action Committee, which is responsible for working to shape legislation for the benefit of community association living. Congratulations Gary!

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