Facts About Personal Injury Law

Personal injury cases can cover a range of accidents including car crashes, work injuries, slip/trip/fall accidents, and defective products. It’s important you understand your legal rights with all of them.


Car Crashes

If you have been hurt in a car crash, keep in mind the following:

  • Get the medical care you need.
  • Use regular health insurance, not your car insurance “Med Pay” to pay the bills.
  • You decide, not the hospital, how to combine health and car insurance payments to cover your bills.
  • Notify your own insurance company immediately.
  • Never give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company–they are not trying to help you.
  • Just because a police report says one party or the other is at fault does not control how the insurance company will respond.

If you have been hurt in car crash, give us a call at (603) 934-9837. We can help.


Work Injuries

If you have been hurt at work, notify your supervisor immediately. You are entitled to medical care for work injuries at your employer’s expense, but to qualify for that care, you must notify your employer of your injury. If you miss more than three days because of a work injury, you also qualify for weekly wage replacement benefits.

If you are hurt at work by a defective piece of equipment or the carelessness of a third party, you are still entitled to workers compensation benefits but may also qualify for additional benefits.

As you recover from a work injury, your rights and responsibilities change over time. Once you are done healing, you may be eligible for a final lump sum payment to compensate you for any permanent impairment resulting from your work injury. You may also have increasing job search obligations as your medical condition improves.

New Hampshire State employees are in a unique position when it comes to workers compensation. If you are unable to return to your pre-injury job, you may qualify for both workers compensation and state disability retirement benefits.

Workers compensation is complicated and ever-changing. The workers compensation insurance companies count on injured workers not knowing their rights and settling for less than they are entitled to under the law. If you have been hurt at work, call us. We can help.


Slips, Trips and Falls

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries if you are hurt because of the other person’s (or company’s) carelessness. Unsafe handrails, walkways, and stairways are frequent causes of falling injuries, but can be extremely difficult to prove. Changing weather conditions, after-the-fact repairs, and disappearing documentation can all play a part in frustrating a claim. If you have questions about injuries that you received in a slip/trip/fall, call us. We can help.


Defective Product Injuries

If you have been injured by a defective and dangerous product, you may be entitled to recover from the manufacturer or seller of that product. Product liability law is very fact-specific and the law requires an injured person to jump through a lot of hoops on the way to recovery. Preparing and presenting a case arising out of a defective product takes patience, care, and some imagination. If you feel that a defective or dangerous product is responsible for your injuries, give us a call. We can help.