Know Your Employment Rights!

Wrongful Termination Woman Gathering Personal Belongings in BoxWhat is Wrongful Termination?

Should a dental hygienist who was fired by her boss for being irresistibly attractive have a case for wrongful termination? What about an employee who reported illegal business practices and was fired just days later?

Since most working Americans are considered “at-will” employees, we think you should know your rights when an employer crosses the line.

While New Hampshire is generally an “at-will” employee state, New Hampshire laws do provide important protections for employees. New Hampshire laws protect employees from discrimination or harassment based on race, nation of origin, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Additionally, the 40,000 New Hampshire employees injured annually are protected by workers’ compensation laws designed to help them get healthy and return to work. If lawmakers intend to change any of the limited protections employees have, it is imperative that the impact of any changes that will affect employees are considered.

At Manning and Zimmerman PLLC, our attorneys assist employees who were injured on the job and were denied their workers’ compensation claims. The process of recovering workers’ compensation benefits can be frustrating and time-consuming. Our experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney could make filing process easier for you. If you have been hurt on the job and your compensation claim is denied, contact us at Manning and Zimmerman PLLC, we will be happy to assist you.

 

Attorney Maureen Raiche Manning Appointed to Advisory Committee

Manchester Attorney Maureen Raiche ManningManchester Attorney Appointed to Supreme Court Advisory Committee by Governor Hassan

Attorney Maureen Raiche Manning has been appointed to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules by Governor Maggie Hassan. The Committee receives and considers suggestions for changes to the rules governing the state courts. The Committee, which is comprised of 16 members, meets quarterly and holds at least one public hearing on proposed rules changes.

Attorney Manning is a former three-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives where she served on the Judiciary Committee. She was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as a Commissioner on the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission from 1997 to 2004, and is a board member and past-president of the New Hampshire Association for Justice. In addition to the Advisory Committee on Court Rules, Attorney Manning serves on the Compensation Appeals Advisory Board.

Attorney Manning practices at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman in Manchester, New Hampshire, focusing on representing those who have been injured, including all areas of personal injury and workplace injuries.

Divorced and Want Your Name Back? NH Divorce Attorney Anna Zimmerman Can Help

NH divorce attorney Anna ZimmermanRestoring Your Name Post-Divorce

When parties divorce, each begin a new chapter in their lives.  Many newly-divorced individuals wish to liberate themselves completely from their former spouse, including their surnames.  Part of this process may include regaining one’s identity, most commonly a maiden name, which may be desired for personal and/or professional purposes.

Procedure To Restore/Change Name

The easiest way to change one’s name when getting divorced is to simply have the change incorporated into the Decree of Divorce. If you were never married but wish to change your name, or if a name change was not incorporated into the Decree of Divorce, the State of New Hampshire’s process for legally changing a name is not complex. The party requesting a name change (called the “Petitioner”) must file with the proper court of jurisdiction (the court empowered with the authority to grant or deny the Petition) a Petition for Change of Name. Unless related to a pending family law case, this is generally filed with the Probate Division of the Circuit Court within which the Petitioner resides. These documents must be completely and accurately filled out and the filing fee  paid.

Once the proper documents have been filed with the court, the court may schedule a hearing.  At the hearing, the requested name change will be granted or denied.  If the court grants the Petition, the requested name change becomes the new legal name, however, the Petitioner is responsible for obtaining a new Social Security card bearing the name change, driver’s license, and other legal documents.

Retaining a NH Divorce Attorney

NH divorce attorney Anna Zimmerman has the experience and knowledge to successfully represent clients in a variety of family law matters. Attorney Zimmerman may be reached at (603) 624-7200.

Maureen Manning :: Manning & Zimmerman PLLC

Let’s Not Forget New Hampshire’s Workers

NH Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses Proposed Changes to Law

In 2013, New Hampshire workers suffered 40,000 on the job injuries. Fortunately, most of these injuries were minor, requiring minimal medical care and no lost time from work. Counted among these 40,000 injuries, however, were 8 fatalities, 34 amputations, 58 electrical shocks, more than 1,000 fractured bones, and 70 vision or hearing losses.

Legislation is currently being debated in the State House to address workers’ compensation insurance premiums and the rates charged by the doctors who examine and treat injured workers. Certainly, as an employer, I am interested in workers’ compensation premiums. However, the proposed legislation is complex and will require significant study. It is fair for the legislature to scrutinize what medical providers are being paid as compared to reimbursement under other scenarios. In doing so, however, as a NH workers’ compensation attorney, I implore the legislature to not forget the injured workers our laws are intended to protect.

In my experience as a NH workers’ compensation attorney representing injured workers for nearly 30 years, I have witnessed the physical, mental and economic struggles that follow what are often catastrophic injuries. It is, in many instances, the worst experience of a worker’s life. They are hurt, unable to work, and devastated that they cannot support their families on 60% of their average weekly wage as determined by our workers’ compensation laws. For those who are hard at work earning a decent living, and then suffer an injury requiring medical treatment, such a sudden decrease in income is difficult to absorb. At that point, their primary focus is getting healthy and returning to work as quickly as possible, and our workers’ compensation laws are in place to help them achieve that goal.

Medical Treatment for Injured Workers

Competent and prompt medical treatment often means the difference between a good recovery and a negative one. New Hampshire’s medical doctors, hospitals, and physical therapy centers work hard to return injured workers to the condition they were in before being injured, allowing for a quick return to work. They play a very important role in the rehabilitation of workers stricken with back and neck injuries and cumulative trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries. If the injured worker cannot return to work, but still has some work capacity, the system provides them with vocational assistance.

For the good of all involved, the legislature should not pass any laws adversely impacting an injured worker’s access to necessary medical care – the care that will get them better and back to work. It is vitally important that our legislators closely examine all proposed changes to our workers’ compensation laws with the primary objective of supporting and helping to protect the workers who are the backbone of our state’s economy. They deserve nothing less.

 

New Hampshire personal injury attorneys present information about automobile recalls

New Hampshire personal injury attorneys - exploded airbagsAutomobile Recalls

In this month’s Let America Know newsletter brought to you by the New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, we present information about automobile company recalls.

2014 – The Recall Year

For the automotive industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. You couldn’t pick up a newspaper, turn on the evening news or check your favorite news site without hearing about another new and alarming recall. And unfortunately for car owners everywhere, recalls show no sign of letting up. What’s even more concerning is a lapse by automakers and federal regulators in responding soon enough to reports of serious injury and death. Visit Fatal Flaws: Crisis in Auto Safety by The New York Times for an interactive overview of the issue.

New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help you Deal with Defective Automobile Claims

Many recalls come to light because of injuries that result from defective products. The New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman can assist in investigating a potential claim. This may involve hiring experts, and almost always requires that the defective product be maintained. Many times people have a car or other product repaired before contacting an attorney. Once repaired, it may be impossible to determine whether there was a defect, or to otherwise prove the basis for a claim. Accordingly, if you believe that you were injured as a result of a defective product, our advice is to preserve the product in the condition it was in at the time of the injury until you can speak with the New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman.

Reach out to our auto accident injury Attorney for a free, compassionate and confidential consultation. Call Manning & Zimmerman today. Rest assured that our team here at Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman will be the unequivocal advocates you need in the handling of your case. Contact us today.