vehicle damage

Someone crashed into your car. You need to have a working car. What are you going to do? The first call should be to your car insurance.  You are their customer.  You should find the most cooperative reception there. The other guy may be at fault, but that insurance company may take a while to decide that. The best way to go is through your...

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subrogation

Subrogation is an unfamiliar word, but it is a concept which it is important to be aware of in a personal injury claim.  Simply put, it means that you have to reimburse your health insurance and Medicare for medical bills they pay, if you receive any money from a party legally responsible for your injury.  You might wonder why in the world you...

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lawyers as rugby players

Rugby is a sport for lawyers.  During the game, you hit and scratch and kick to win.  However, when the game is done, the two teams retire to enjoy themselves together.  That is a model for good lawyering. Sure there are lawyers whose mother would not want to have a beer with them.  But, by and large, the most successful and cost-effective...

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It is not the jury’s job to decide what really happened.  The reality is that they decide what the evidence submitted to them proves.  For that reason, you can’t afford to take comfort in the fact that the truth is on your side.  A winning personal injury case has to be built piece by piece out of the evidence you are able to present to...

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Frequently, one of the most frustrating challenges in an injury case involves your doctor.  Only someone with a medical background can offer the required evidence about an injury, so your case requires the cooperation of your doctor.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for physicians to have lawsuit phobia.  He or she is happy to treat you,...

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As a practical matter, insurance coverage is essential to being able to obtain a recovery in a personal injury case. Without it, there is usually little to no ability to pay. Having to get a verdict and then chasing personal assets to get paid is almost always a losing proposition. Insurance is the business of agreeing to cover the cost of a...

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To properly prepare and try a relatively basic personal injury case involves something in the range of $25,000.00 worth of work.  The means that if the case is worth less than $75,000.00 it will likely cost my office more than we will be paid. Many of our clients have cases which have a value under $75,000.00.  Obviously, there are limits to...

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Many clients have an inspiring faith in our system of justice.  Even though their claim may be their first experience with the judicial system, they sometimes nevertheless have a firm conviction that the system will agree with whatever they’ve decided should be a fair outcome. Unfortunately, it is more complicated than that. One factor which...

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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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workers’ compensation

WHAT IS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION? Workers’ Compensation is a system of laws created by our legislature which govern the rights and duties of an employee who suffers a work injury.  With few exceptions, an employer who hires one or more employees must have workers’ compensation insurance.  That insurance provides benefits for all injuries...

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