In this month’s “You Should Know” newsletter presented by the NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, we discuss the fact that most lemon laws state that buyers are entitled to a remedy if their cars are out of service for an extended number of days due to failure, or serviced over extended periods for the same problem. These laws vary by state and by the nature of the repairs covered. Some problems are obvious, like the car not starting, power loss, or transmission failure, while others fall into a gray area, such as wind noise, fluid leaks and excessive tire wear. Because of this, remedies can vary greatly in lemon law cases, from full car replacement or repurchase by the manufacturer to small monetary awards to compensate for a minor issue that does not affect driver safety.
Some of the steps you should take if you think you might be the proud owner of a brand new, bright yellow lemon include:
- Learn about the New Hampshire Lemon Law and how a lemon is defined in state law, what is covered, and how much time you have to file a complaint.
- Collect all records on your car, including purchase contracts, service orders and invoices, together with all warranties and the owner’s manual. Take notes on all conversations with the dealer and service technicians, recording any comments along with the time and date of all attempted repairs.
- Ask the dealer for a copy of all manufacturer’s technical service bulletins on your car.
- Track how long and how often your vehicle is in for repairs with dates, times in and times out.
- Call the New Hampshire personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC to help you understand your options and evaluate your case.
Our civil justice system provides for victims of negligence to recover full, fair and adequate compensation for their injuries. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman handle cases in all areas of personal injury law, and we work diligently to ensure that our clients receive compensation for their injuries. Please call our office at (603) 624-7200 or complete the form on this page to schedule a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
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NH personal injury attorneys understand all too well that if you’ve suffered an injury, your number one job is to get better. The law calls this process of recovering from your injury is called “mitigating your damages.” The law requires you to do what you can to improve upon your condition. There are a number of reasons to do this, and some of the more important ones will be covered in this article.
Your Best Chance to Recover
When it comes to mitigating your damages, NH personal injury attorneys will urge you to see a doctor and closely follow their guidance. All too often, people want to take a “John Wayne” approach and skip seeing a doctor. Remember, this is not the time to be a tough guy and say “it’s just a flesh wound.” Some injuries, especially those involving trauma to the neck, ribs, back, spine, or hips can seemingly appear to get better on their own. Years later, chronic pain issues will arise that stem from the original injury. By that time, it may be too late to fully recover. In this event, people find themselves having to manage the pain of a chronic condition that could have been fully resolved had they only taken the time and effort to abide the prescribed treatment plan. It is important to know that just because you start feeling better, your treatment is by no means over. Follow through with every appointment with the treatment provider until they release you from treatment. Whether it’s a chiropractic adjustment or a physical therapy session, following through on the recommended treatment plan will help ensure you make the best possible recovery.
NH personal injury attorneys understand their clients seek a settlement or a jury verdict that will compensate them for their injuries. However, in order to get the best possible settlement, you must complete your treatment as outlined by your treatment provider. If the medical report shows you failed to show up for an appointment or did not follow the treatment plan, the amount of your settlement offer or jury verdict can be negatively impacted. While any personal injury attorney will affirm that there is no substitute for good health, a potential cash settlement can act as an incentive for you to do all that is required to mitigate the damage.
Contact NH Personal Injury Attorneys
Recovery from an injury is nothing short of your number one job. Your attorney is not a miracle worker; they are a vital member of your team. If you do your part well, they will be able to seek the best possible settlement offer or jury verdict. NH personal injury attorneys, especially those at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC, understand the role they and their clients play in successful recovery and subsequent settlement offers or jury verdicts. Contact the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC today at (603) 624-7200.
When dealing with lawsuits related to injuries or medical malpractice, NH personal injury attorneys explain that medical bills, invoices, and receipts are very important documents that you should be carefully record and archive. By keeping accurate records of your medical visits and expenses, your retained lawyers can build a better case that can result in a favorable outcome or reasonable settlement.
Keep Track of Your Medical Bills
You should note the date, time and purpose of all your visits to clinics or hospitals. Each visit should have a corresponding medical bill; if one is not provided, you should ask for one. When filling prescriptions at the drugstore, you should save both the doctor’s Rx slip and the sales receipt.
Make a Chart of Your Medical Bills and Activity
In addition to keeping track of your medical bills, you should also create a chart that shows a history of your medical treatment. This chart, which can be easily made using spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel, should include the date of all medical services and prescriptions received along with their cost and how the payment was settled. A sample entry would be: March 25 – One hour of physical therapy – $125 – paid by insurance company.
Keep Your Attorney in the Loop
You should make sure that your attorney gets a copy of all the medical bills you receive. In some cases, the law firm you retain may be able to make arrangements with your insurance company and your doctor so that they forward a copy of each medical bill directly to your attorney; however, you should furnish your copies as well in case they miss sending one.
Contact Experienced NH Personal Injury Attorneys
State laws tend to affect the procedures of injury and medical malpractice cases. To get the legal representation you need, contact the NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC at (603) 624-7200.
Attorney Anna Zimmerman, partner with the Manchester Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, is the 2015 recipient of the Board of Governors Award from the NH Association for Justice, a statewide professional association of trial attorneys. Attorney Zimmerman was presented the award at the association’s annual meeting and awards dinner on June 26th in Portsmouth.
“I am greatly honored to have been recognized by my professional colleagues,” said Attorney Zimmerman, who is also the 2014 recipient of the association’s President’s Award and it’s president-elect. “I am very proud to belong to an association that works to protect constitutional rights and to make sure that all our citizens have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they have been harmed by the acts of others.”
The Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, located at 87 Middle Street in Manchester, NH, handles cases involving all personal injuries, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, family law/divorce matters, and Social Security disability. Attorney Anna Zimmerman is joined in the practice of law by her partner, attorney Maureen Raiche Manning, associate attorney Dan McKenna, and of-counsel attorney and UNH Law Professor Emerita Ellen Musinsky.
In addition to the New Hampshire Association for Justice, Attorney Zimmerman is a member of the Manchester Bar Association, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, and the Zonta Club of Concord. Attorney Zimmerman, who lives with her family in Amherst, NH, is the author of the definitive military divorce guide, Divorce in the Trenches.
If you have been injured as a result of a driver’s negligence involving cellphone use, NH personal injury attorneys may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Motorists driving through New Hampshire are being warned with electronic highway signs related to distracted driving. These signs are the first part of an important public awareness campaign devoted to a law banning all hand-held electronic device use while driving. Most of the law takes effect on the first of July, but there is a provision requiring the public to be educated about the law before then. One message that greets motorists reads “Hands Free, A Better Way to Be.”
Three Tiers of Fines
The new law makes hand-held cellphone use punishable in three tiers. The first offense earns a fine of $100. The second offense earns a fine of $250. The third and subsequent offenses within a 24-month period earn a fine of $500 each. The law will apply even when drivers are stopped, such as at a traffic light, but not if they have pulled off a roadway. The law does allow hands-free cellphone operation, but the law prohibits drivers from using cellphones to text or email while the car is in motion. The law includes not just cellphones, but any device that requires data entry, including iPods, iPads and GPS systems. The law also bans all cellphone use by driving minors with the exception of making emergency calls.
Distracted Driving Statistics
The New Hampshire Driving Towards Zero Coalition backs up the law with statistics. In the past four years, there were 116 fatal crashes in New Hampshire caused by one or more distracted drivers. A driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to get in an accident. Even though it only takes a few seconds to send or receive a text, if a car is going 50 mph, those few seconds allow the car to travel farther than a football field.
Contact NH Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured as a result of a distracted driver’s negligence, contact the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC at (603) 624-7200. Whether a cellphone was in use or not, if a driver harms you as a result of negligence, you could be eligible for compensation related to pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. NH personal injury attorneys may be able to help you receive that compensation.