safety from accountability

A man was being interviewed about a machine he had invented.  He said that it turned septic effluent into perfectly clean water.  The interviewer asked whether it was being used anywhere to provide household drinking water.  He replied, “no, lawsuits you know ….:” The safety of our roads, homes, machines, medicines, cars, food, tools,...

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hot coffee

The NH Association for Justice recently screened a documentary entitled “Hot Coffee” at the Red River Theater in Concord.  The public was invited.  The attendees were from the legal and legislative communities mostly.  The film’s title refers to the famous McDonalds personal injury case where the Plaintiff was awarded over one million...

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how delays deny justice

The word came down from a clerk in a Hillsborough County Family Court (9th Circut) that all final hearings were being scheduled out to June.  Our case is a contested custody case where the Guardian Ad Litem has already made a recommendation.  This leaves a delay of about nine months for this family to move on to a new way of doing things.  It...

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contingent fees

Most of my personal injury clients hire me on a contingent fee.  That means that I am not paid for my services until and unless I am able to get my client paid for his or her losses. Paying for legal services only if you win is a modern concept.  We frequently hear the argument that being able to hire a lawyer on that basis fosters...

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circuit courts are upon us

The advent of the Circuit Courts in NH is upon us.  The idea is to centralize the services provided by the Court in order to reduce administrative costs and, in theory, to make the Court more convenient for the consumer.  One stop shopping.  Where we now have Probate Court, Family Court, Juvenile Court, and Criminal Court, all those will be...

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premises injury

Legal Fault for Injury from Dangerous Conditions New Hampshire law requires that owners and occupiers of property use a reasonable amount of care in the way they construct, use, and maintain their property.  They are not responsible for an injury simply because it happened on their property.  Landowners can be legally at fault for an injury...

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We recently concluded a case for a vehicle crash client who had suffered a broken hip which required surgery to fix.  She had been injured in a crash while she was a passenger on a motorcycle.  Her medical bills alone totaled $75,000.00.  The evidence clearly established that the motorcyclist, after turning right on to a road from an...

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use of information

One of my favorite quotes of the past ten years is by the author Philip Caputo who wrote “we drink greedily from the salt water of information while our throats are parched for droplets of wisdom.”  So it seems that our world edges ever closer to the inevitable conclusion that all of the information we have is useless because we do not know...

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The  trend of New Hampshire law today is to reduce the ability of a person wrongfully injured to recover for his or her losses.  It used to be that if you were a passenger injured in a car crash by the combined negligence of your driver and another driver, you were entitled to be made whole for your losses from either or both negligent...

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