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Motorcycle Crash Lawyers Discuss Rider Safety

Ridership Is Changing; Cause of Crashes … Not So Much

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Women motorcycle ownership is up over 10% in the last 20 years

According to the motorcycle crash lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law, motorcycling is undergoing a profound transformation in the United States. First off, it’s exploded. The number of motorcycles in use topped 12 million in 2018, 2 million more than in 2014, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. Riders are older on average as retiring baby boomers and frustrated commuters heed the call of the open road. And more riders are women, now nearly one in five.

What hasn’t changed much are the leading causes of motorcycle crashes, injuries, and deaths: unsafe speed, poor weather/road conditions, no helmet, distracted driving/drivers, inexperience, and the high rate of alcohol impairment on the road.

Let’s take a closer look.

Who’s Riding, Who’s at Risk?

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Helmets save lives. Click image.

So who’s riding motorcycles? And who is the most at risk for a crash? There are three groups that are changing motorcycle culture:

As the boomer population of the United States ages, more older people are dying in motorcycle crashes. The 40-and-older age group made up 49% of motorcyclists killed in 2007 as compared to 54% of those killed in 2016. While motorcyclist deaths had been declining since the early 1980s, the trend reversed in 2000 and has more than doubled along with the growing number of boomer riders.

Women are joining the motorcycle club faster than ever! In 1998, only 8% of motorcycle owners were women. By 2018, female ownership had increased to 19%. As more women choose to ride, manufacturers and bike organizations are scrambling to meet the demand for size-appropriate motorcycles and riding gear for women.

Supersport bikes are often the motorcycle of choice for the younger crowd. Sales have been climbing for these fast, dangerous bikes as millennial riders age and have the income to afford a motorcycle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), supersport bikes account for over half of all fatal crashes involving motorcycle drivers.

How to Purchase and Safely Ride
Your Motorcycle

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Too many motorcyclists drink and drive. Click image.

Whether buying your first motorcycle, upgrading or just interested in a safer ride, keep these safety tips in mind before hitting the road:

  • Don’t buy more bike than you can handle. When shopping for a bike, start with one that fits you. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to be on tiptoes. Handlebars and controls should be within easy reach. Choose a model that’s easy for you to get on and off the center stand; if it feels too heavy, it probably is.
  • Invest in antilock brakes (ABS). Now available on a wide array of models, antilock brakes are a proven lifesaver. ABS helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable in slippery conditions. This critical feature is now standard on many high-end models and adds only a few hundred dollars to the price of more basic bikes. You may be able to offset some of the cost with an insurance discount.
  • Take a riding course. A Motorcycle Safety Foundation course or similar class can teach you the basics, as well as advanced techniques such as how to perform evasive emergency maneuvers. You may also be eligible for an insurance discount and, in some states, skip the road test and/or the written test as part of licensing. Some motorcycle manufacturers offer a credit toward the cost of a new motorcycle or training if a rider signs up for an MSF course. The MSF website lists about 2,700 course locations around the country.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders, 41% for passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,859 motorcyclists in 2016. If all motorcyclists killed that year had worn helmets, an additional 802 lives may have been saved. Best choice is a full-face helmet that’s approved by the Department of Transportation.
  • Wear the right gear. You want gear that will protect you from wind chill, flying bugs and debris, and road rash if you should slide out. For maximum protection, go for a leather or other reinforced jacket, gloves, full pants and over-the-ankle footwear, even in summer. Specially designed jackets with rugged padding and breathable mesh provide protection as well as ventilation for riding in warm weather. You’ll also want effective eye protection like a helmet visor or goggles. And gear in bright colors will make it easier for drivers to see you.
  • Be defensive. The truth is, motorcycle riders face a much greater risk of death in a crash – 28 times more likely in fact – than the occupants of a motor vehicle. Motorists frequently “don’t see” motorcyclists, a problem that has only grown worse with distracted driving.Drive defensively by pretending you are invisible. Be alert to cars suddenly changing lanes, turning in front of you, or pulling out from side streets. Keep a safe following distance, both to ensure enough time to stop or react to debris in the road. And driving between cars side-by-side on a two-lane road or on the shoulder is inviting trouble.

Contact Experienced NH Motorcycle Crash Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Have you or a loved one been injured by another person’s careless acts? If so, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

For a free consultation, contact the NH motorcycle crash lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 671-3156, by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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Fighting for the Service Members Who Fight for Us

Service Members Are Vulnerable to Scams, Sickness, and Subpar Healthcare

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Forty-four percent of service members are under 25, making them financially inexperienced

There are more than two million active and reserve service members of the Unites States armed forces. Their situation is unique; many are young and financially inexperienced and are often and frequently relocated or deployed. They sometimes face difficultly accessing phones or the Internet.

Sadly, these vulnerabilities have made them a target for small and large businesses alike that prey on soldiers. Even when soldiers turn to their government for aid, they aren’t always given the support they need. Fighting for Those Who Fight for Us is a troubling new report by the American Association for Justice that reveals what our military members endure – and highlights how we can help them. Here are a few of the big takeaways from that report.

Targets of Predatory Financial Services

Military personnel and their families face many of the same financial management challenges as civilians. This includes budgeting, paying bills, retirement planning, and debt management. However, being in the military also involves unique circumstances that can make managing household finances even more difficult: deployments, frequent changes of station, and prolonged separation from family. Changes of station can also affect the job security of spouses and other family members. This makes predatory lending practices and illegal financial scams all the more damaging for our service members.

One in three service members have resorted to some sort of non-bank borrowing organization, such as payday lenders and rent-to-own retail chains. These companies set up shop around military bases and sometimes misuse official government logos to look more legitimate. Contracts look straightforward but usually include hidden fees and exorbitant interest rates.

In 2007, Congress passed the Military Lending Act (MLA) to stop lenders from charging extremely high interest rates. Nevertheless, unscrupulous lenders continue to victimize service members by ignoring or circumventing the law. And it’s not just small payday companies getting in on the action. Large financial corporations like Prudential, Bank of America, and Capital One have settled class action suits with military personnel over questionable practices like profiting on life insurance benefits after veterans have died, charging higher-than-legal interest rates, and denying reprieve from foreclosure and repossession while soldiers are on active duty.

Victims of Medical Malpractice

The Feres doctrine is a little-known 1950 Supreme Court decision that has caused suffering for thousands of service members and veterans. Feres v. United States effectively bars non-combatant active-duty service members from collecting damages from the U.S. Government when injured or killed by the negligence of others. This means that there is nowhere for service members to turn when faced with illness, pain, and suffering if they receive poor medical care while serving our country. An example from the report includes a woman left with multiple instruments inside her body after surgery. Other examples include a misdiagnosed skin cancer that ended in death, and an appendix surgery gone so wrong that it resulted in a brain-dead father of two. Patients recount experiences of medical horror with no legal recourse and no way to bring providers to justice.

Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

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Most of us have heard of Agent Orange, a herbicide used to clear jungles during the Vietnam War. For years, the military denied links between this deadly toxin and exposed soldiers suffering from cancer, birth defects, and more. It has also been well documented that service members and veterans face serious risks for developing asbestos-related diseases. This is a result of the historical presence of asbestos in buildings, ships, and other locations. These diseases include mesothelioma, a deadly and aggressive cancer.

Today’s Agent Orange story includes the more than 250 open-air burn pits used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of waste. Currently there are more than 175,000 veterans and service members who have registered on the VA’s Burn Pit Registry, suffering from an array of illnesses, including cancer, respiratory problems, and blood disorders. But even as the Burn Pit Registry grows, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is still denying that there is scientific evidence proving the connection between military burn pits and health problems. Lawmakers are working to make documentation and research more readily available for possible burn pit victims, all in an effort to provide service members, both past and present, with the benefits they deserve.

Just the Tip of the Iceberg

These are just a few examples of shameful behavior by corporations and others toward our servicemen and women. Others include military pension buyout scams, improper firings, human experimentation, and opioid abuse. If you or a member of your family serves in the military, take a minute to read the full report here.

Contact Experienced NH Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Have you or a loved one been injured by another person’s careless acts? If so, it is essential that you have competent personal injury representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

For a free consultation, contact the experienced NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 671-3156, by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Foodborne Illness

Tainted Lettuce and Beef Lead Increase in Foodborne Illness

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Bagged salad may be convenient but it is a breeding ground for bacteria

According to the personal injury attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law, in early 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported an outbreak of E. coli found in romaine lettuce. The outbreak sickened nearly 200 people and killed five. Right before Thanksgiving, another outbreak caused the CDC to recall all romaine, fresh and bagged. In the fall, more than 19 million pounds of ground beef were recalled in three separate salmonella outbreaks.

Is our food out to get us? If you think you’re seeing more reports of foodborne illness these days, you’re right. So why are these reports increasing, and what can you do about it?

Shift in Food Culture and Economy

The boost in foodborne illness can be traced to one source: our changing food habits. New diets, a complex food economy and advanced technology are all part of the American food culture. Three key parts of how we consume food are causing more outbreaks:

  1. Healthy, easy eating. The deadliest illness offender? Produce. While food sickness is usually associated with tainted meat, it’s fruits and veggies that are the most often contaminated – especially greens like lettuce and spinach. Cooking can kill dangerous pathogens, leaving raw produce more susceptible. A stronger focus on a health-conscious diet has encouraged consumers to buy more greens. And the easiest way to purchase your leafy sustenance? Bagged salads. Millions of pounds of greens are cut, washed and then bagged for your convenience. But once those greens are in a bag, they are introduced to a moist and enclosed breeding ground for bacteria. The packaging process also makes it more difficult to find the cause of contamination and prevent more people from getting sick. Different lettuces grown at different farms are all mixed together into bags that are distributed to supermarkets and restaurants all over the country. This makes it harder for food safety officials to find a common link among farms and suppliers.
  2. Imported food. A global economy and adventurous tastes have encouraged more food imports than ever before. Currently, 80 percent of all seafood in the U.S. is imported. Half of our fruits and a third of our vegetables are imported, with estimates that this number will increase by 45 percent in the next decade. Access to healthy, inexpensive food is a great benefit of imports, but imported food is harder to regulate and track. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) only samples about 1 percent of all food imports. Cases of food fraud in places like China and Costa Rica raise many questions about the safety of what is brought into the U.S.
  3. Better technology and reporting. The good news? Higher numbers of food illness reports can actually mean food is getting safer. About 1,600 deaths from foodborne illness happen each year where the pathogen is unknown, and they are classified as sporadic. The CDC is getting better at analyzing the links between various outbreaks, which helps them identify the source, announce recalls and prevent more illness. In 2008, the public-health community began using a new method of DNA fingerprinting called whole genome sequencing, which has led to a large spike in detected outbreaks. According to Benjamin Chapman, a professor of food safety at North Carolina State University, “We’re getting better at detecting the outbreaks, and there are better-trained public-health individuals now looking to solve foodborne illness outbreaks than we’ve ever had.”

Tips for Food Safety in Your Home

If you’re going out to eat, do your best to find out if the restaurant is clean. Check on the ways restaurants are rated with this guide. However, most food contamination starts in the home. The CDC recommends four steps to prevent foodborne illness:

  1. Clean: Wash hands and surfaces before and after handling food, but also after using the bathroom, handling pets or tending to a sick person. Wash all produce thoroughly before consumption.
  2. Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate. Use separate cutting boards for meat and produce, and always wash thoroughly after use. Throw out old or difficult to clean cutting boards. Do not use platters or plates for cooked food that previously held raw food.
  3. Cook: Cook to proper temperatures. Use a food thermometer to cook your food to the safe minimum internal temperature and always wash it after use.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate food promptly in airtight containers. Use up leftovers quickly.

Contact Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Have you or a loved one been injured by another person’s careless acts? If so, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from experienced personal injury attorneys from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

For a free consultation, contact the experienced NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 671-3156, by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

Experienced.  Knowledgeable.  Personally Committed to Justice.

NH Injury Lawyers Ask: “Who’s Driving Your Life?”

Who’s Driving Your Life?

The NH injury lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law know that for many people, driving themselves from point A to point B has become a thing of the past. Today we all have access to apps on our phones. We tell the driver where we are and where we want to go, and within just a few minutes we’re on our way to our destination!

Statista reports that a recent survey found that about 53 percent of people used ride sharing services in 2017, and that Uber had net revenue in 2016 of $6.5 billion.

So who is this driver you’re trusting to be behind the wheel? What are the risks of a car crash, and what is being done to keep you safe? Let’s explore some of the precautions that transportation companies should take to ensure that you get where you’re going safely, and to minimize the risks of car crashes.

What are the precautions?

Various companies take different steps when it comes to hiring their employees. A majority of these companies perform background checks, but is that enough? Uber has come under fire over the past few years due to unsafe conditions for users. New Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has taken a deeper look into keeping users safe during their rides. Khosrowshahi has implemented safety standards across the board for Uber drivers, with Uber telling CNN it had started running screenings on their drivers’ driving records every two years, beginning in mid-2017. Uber may be setting the precedent for other transportation companies, but is this enough?

As the NH injury lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law point out, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 2,046,000 car crashes were the result of driver wrongdoing between 2005 and 2007. With Uber and Lyft servicing more than 195 million users during the first three months of 2018, it is time to look deeper into these modes of transportation and explore ways to limit car crashes across the country.

So the driver has a clean record, but what about their car?

Is it enough to ensure that the driver has a clean driving record every two years? These background screens will ensure that drivers with clean records are the only ones driving a passenger to and from their destination. However, background checks should not be the only precautions taken.

Our NH injury lawyers believe that checking the safety of the vehicles is incredibly important and a crucial aspect of keeping the passengers safe from a hazardous car crash. NHTSA has reported that between 2015 and 2017 more than 44,000 car crashes were the result of critical vehicle-related issues. These car crashes included issues and malfunctions related to the vehicle.  For instance, 15,000 car crash cases were related to tire malfunctions. Below we further examine the study of vehicle-related car crashes.  It is critical for companies to not only screen the capabilities of the driver, but also the vehicle in use as well.

Tragic results caused by a lack of regulation 

The responsibilities of finding safe drivers with up-to-date inspected vehicles is crucial for transportation companies. The consequences of any negligence in these responsibilities can be fatal. On October 6, 2018, the country witnessed one of the deadliest transportation accidents in the past nine years. Twenty individuals perished while riding as passengers in a limousine in Schoharie, New York. This was a devastating result of a company not maintaining safe vehicles, and a lack of regulation in the transportation industry which did not allow for this violation of the safety rules to be identified sooner.

In an interview with The New York TimesSenator Chuck Schumer demanded stricter transportation regulations. “Stretch limos exist in a gray area. They’re not a car. They’re not a bus. And that’s the problem, they fall through the regulatory cracks and there are no safety standards for them. That has to change,” said the Senator.

Companies should be following safety rules regardless of what the regulations require. Tragedies can be reduced by appropriate regulations and by holding the responsible businesses accountable for their actions.

Contact Experienced NH Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured by another person’s careless acts, contact the experienced NH injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 624-7200 and by email at info@MZLawNH.com. You may also use the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

It is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

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Falls Affect People of All Ages, Not Just the Elderly

Every Person, Regardless of Age, is Susceptible to Unintentional Falls

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Deaths from falls in the U.S. have dramatically increased since 2000.

According to the NH injury attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law, every year millions of Americans suffer from a preventable fall injury.  More than 800,000 of these result in a visit to the emergency room with a fracture or head injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, falls are the most common cause of nonfatal unintentional injuries and are responsible for slightly more than three in 10 injuries overall. Deaths because of a fall have also skyrocketed since 2000, from 13,322 to 34,673. Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall.

Surprising Facts About Falls

  • Most fall injuries in the home happen at ground level, not from an elevation.
  • Falls are also one of the most common causes of fatalities in the workplace [download report].
  • The most common victim of a fall is a person over age 65, but other common age groups are women ages 20-30 and children under three. Some researchers suggest that because young women in their child-bearing years more often provide childcare and perform household chores compared to their male partners, they are more susceptible to falls.
  • Bunk beds made for children are required to pass federal safety rules, but these requirements don’t apply to institutional beds found in places like college dorms. For college students, it’s up to them and not the school to ensure their beds are safe.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Falls account for about 38 percent of worker fatalities in construction accidents.

Safety Starts in the Home

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Approximately 3,000 stair-related injuries happen every day in the United States, which averages out to one injury every 30 seconds.

Falls can occur in businesses and at the workplace, but the statistics still show that most falls occur at home. Prevent accidental injuries at home by following these guidelines:

Stairs and Steps
  • Have light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs, and provide enough light to see each step and landing.
  • Install handrails on stairways and be sure to use them.
  • If you have bare-wood steps, put nonslip treads on each step.
  • Do not use patterned, dark, or thick carpeting on stairs. Solid colors show the edges of steps more clearly.
  • Do not leave objects on the stairs.
Bathroom
  • Install grab bars on the bathroom walls near the toilet and along the bathtub or shower if needed.
  • Place a slip-resistant rug next to the bathtub for safe exit and entry.
  • Use nonskid adhesive textured strips or mats on the bathtub/shower floor.
Bedroom
  • Place a lamp and flashlight near your bed.
  • Sleep on a bed that is easy to get into and out of.
  • Make sure your route from the bedroom to the bathroom is well lit.
Living Areas
  • Arrange furniture to create clear pathways between rooms.
  • Clear clutter from the floor.
  • Install easy-access light switches at entrances to rooms.
  • Secure loose area rugs with double-sided tape or slip-resistant backing.
  • Keep electric, appliance and telephone cords out of your pathways.
  • Repair loose flooring immediately.
  • Throw away wobbly chairs, ladders and tables.
Kitchen
  • Immediately clean up any liquid, grease or food spilled on the floor.
  • Use a step stool with an attached handrail to reach upper cabinets.

Contact NH Injury Attorneys

If your uninsured motorist claim is denied, you may need the help of an injury attorney to make your case. Don’t leave such decisions to the insurance company’s discretion. For a free consultation, contact the NH injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 605-0547 or by email at info@MZLawNH.com. We may also be contacted by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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Car Accident Traumatic Injuries: The Lasting Impacts

Car Accident Traumatic Injuries: The Lasting Impacts

Have you been in a car crash that was no fault of your own? Not only are car accidents an incredibly stressful event, but the injuries that could result from them can be severe and long-lasting. Injuries can vary from minor to serious. It is important to note that all injuries should be documented from the time of the accident, through the following weeks, and until you are fully recovered. Not all injuries will present themselves at the scene of the crash or upon impact. For instance, whiplash can take several days for its symptoms to arise. If injuries begin to arise after the accident these should be treated in a timely manner. The following information are common injuries and symptoms that may occur after a car accident.

Physical Injuries

Physical effects from your accident can be both visible and invisible. Because of this it is important to be examined by a medical professional if you have been injured or think you might be injured. Most common injuries resulting from a car accident can include the following:

  • Neck and Back Injuries: these injuries are the result of your head neck and back being thrown at high speeds resulting in what is often referred to as whiplash. When the neck, head, and back are whipped in such an aggressive manner, it can result in severe inflammation and tissue damage and can even result in disc problems.
  • Head Injuries: these injuries in car accidents can be among  the most severe. These injuries can vary from minor concussions to serious brain traumas. The traumas and injuries can follow a victim for the rest of his/her life. Head injury symptoms include, but are not limited to, headaches, loss of vision and hearing, memory loss, changes in personality and mood swings, loss of cognitive function, speech difficulties, and a disruption in sleep patterns. Sometimes your loved ones notice these changes before the actual victim. Take it seriously and talk to your doctor if family members or friends say you are acting differently or forgetting things.
  • Muscular Injuries: like whiplash, when your body is thrown at high speeds the way in which your body can contort results in serious injury. Common muscular injuries can affect the neck, back, hands, hips, shoulder, and knees. Injury to muscles resulting from a car accident can affect your abilities to work, play sports, or participate in everyday activities.
  • Broken Bones: high-speed impacts can result in broken bone or fractures. Depending on the severity this can leave you out of work or immobile. Broken bones and fractures can have an effect on your everyday life and normal activities.

Emotional Damages

Car crashes do not just affect an individual physically. The emotional impacts can be just as severe as physical impacts. Following a car crash many individuals experience anxiety related stress that can affect personal and work lives. Because of that it is important to watch for these symptoms following your accident. These symptoms might include:

  • Intrusive thoughts: Involuntary, distressing thoughts, or recurrent nightmares.
  • Negative mood: Inability to experience positive emotions.
  • Dissociative symptoms: Time slows down, you feel numb, or you’re in a daze.
  • Avoidance: An inability or refusal to think about anything associated with the trauma.
  • Arousal symptoms: Trouble falling asleep, irritable behavior, and concentration issues.
  • A fear of driving or the actions that other drivers around you might take.

Above all, if these feelings continue, be sure to inform both your doctors and attorneys as these might be a result of your accident.

Contact Experienced New Hampshire Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured by another person’s careless acts, contact the experienced NH car crash attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 605-0547 and by email at info@MZLawNH.com. You may also use the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

It is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

Experienced.  Knowledgeable.  Personally Committed to Justice.

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Car Accident Traumatic Injuries: The Lasting Impacts

Car Accident Traumatic Injuries: The Lasting Impacts

Have you been in a car crash that was no fault of your own? Not only are car accidents an incredibly stressful event, but the injuries that could result from them can be severe and long-lasting. Injuries can vary from minor to serious. It is important to note that all injuries should be documented from the time of the accident, through the following weeks, and until you are fully recovered. Not all injuries will present themselves at the scene of the crash or upon impact. For instance, whiplash can take several days for its symptoms to arise. If injuries begin to arise after the accident these should be treated in a timely manner. The following information are common injuries and symptoms that may occur after a car accident.

Physical Injuries

Physical effects from your accident can be both visible and invisible. Because of this it is important to be examined by a medical professional if you have been injured or think you might be injured. Most common injuries resulting from a car accident can include the following:

  • Neck and Back Injuries: these injuries are the result of your head neck and back being thrown at high speeds resulting in what is often referred to as Whiplash. When the neck, head and back are whipped in such an aggressive manner results in severe inflammation and tissue damage and can even result in disc problems.
  • Head Injuries: these injuries in car accidents can be among some of the most severe. These injuries can vary from minor concussions to serious brain traumas. The traumas and injuries can follow a victim for the rest of his/her life. Head injury symptoms include, but are not limited to, headaches, loss of vision and hearing, memory loss, changes in personality and mood swings, loss of cognitive function, speech difficulties, and a disruption in sleep patterns. Sometimes your loved ones notice these changes before the actual victim. Take it seriously and talk to your doctor if family members or friends say you are acting differently or forgetting things!
  •  Muscular Injuries: like that of whiplash, when your body is thrown at high speeds the way in which your body can contort results in serious injury. Common muscular injuries can affect the neck, back, hands, hips, shoulder, and knees. Injury to muscles resulting from a car accident can affect your abilities to work, play sports or participate in everyday activities.
  • Broken Bones: high-speed impacts can result in broken bone or fractures. Depending on the severity this can leave you out of work or immobile. Broken bones and fractures can have an effect on your everyday life and normal activities.

Emotional Damages

Car crashes do not just affect an individual physically, the emotional impacts can be just as severe as physical impacts. Following a car crash many individuals experience anxiety related stress that can affect personal and work lives. Because of that it is important to watch for these symptoms following your accident. These symptoms might include:

  • Intrusive thoughts: Involuntary, distressing thoughts, or recurrent nightmares.
  • Negative mood: Inability to experience positive emotions.
  • Dissociative symptoms: Time slows down, you feel numb, or you’re in a daze.
  • Avoidance: An inability or refusal to think about anything associated with the trauma.
  • Arousal symptoms: Trouble falling asleep, irritable behavior, concentration issues.
  • A fear of driving or the actions that other drivers’ around you might take.

Above all if these feelings continue be sure to inform both your doctors and attorneys as these might be a result of your accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident by not fault of your own, please contact the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman. You might be eligible for compensations.

NH Injury Attorneys Discuss Rise in Elder Abuse

As U.S. Population Ages, Reports of Nursing Home Abuse on the Rise

National data on cases of elder abuse in America’s 15,600-plus nursing homes and other elder-care programs is hard to come by. But several recent studies by government investigators, advocacy groups and the news media have chilling implications.

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Protect the elderly in your life by learning the signs of elder abuse

According to the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS), 14,258 (7.6 percent) of approximately 188,599 complaints reported to state ombudsman programs in 2014 involved abuse, gross neglect or exploitation. Another study of nursing home staff throughout the country found that 36 percent had witnessed at least one incident of physical abuse of an elderly patient in the previous year, 10 percent committed at least one act of physical abuse and 40 percent admitted to committing psychological abuse. It gets worse: A CNN special investigation in February of 2017 found that the federal government cited more than 1,000 nursing homes for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of sexual assault and abuse from 2013 to 2016.

Given that 1.4 million aging adults already live in nursing homes and that the number of Americans 65-plus will double between 2010 to 2050, this issue will only become more pressing.

Keep a Watchful Eye

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Financial abuse is often overlooked, costing older Americans more than $36 billion a year

Elder abuse can encompass a wide range of behaviors, including physical, mental, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse and neglect. Beyond the physical scars left by abuse, neglect and mistreatment have dangerous effects on the quality of life left to an aging person. Elders who have been abused have a higher risk of early death compared to those who have not been mistreated. If your loved ones are in a nursing home or other elder care program, watch for these warning signs:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Bruising, cuts or welts
  • Bedsores
  • Frequent infections
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Mood swings and emotional outbursts or unusual depression
  • Reclusiveness or refusal to speak
  • Refusal to eat or take medications
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness
  • Caregivers not wanting patients to be left alone with others
  • Sudden changes in financial situation or missing personal items

Protect Your Most Vulnerable Loved Ones

For a family member or caregiver choosing a care facility, the risk of abuse can be overwhelming and traumatic. The best way to prevent elder abuse is to choose the right care facility, which is not always easy given location or financial constraints. Nevertheless, here are factors to consider:

  • Talk to residents or other patients. Observe their physical well-being and behavior. Also visit with residents’ families if possible, and learn whether they have experienced problems with the facility.
  • Avoid facilities that have restricted access.
  • Meet with key personnel (nurses, aides, social workers, administrators and doctors).
  • Read contracts carefully before signing and look for a forced arbitration clause. The rights of your loved one may be denied even if they are abused. Ask that the forced arbitration clause be removed or consider another facility.
  • Visit frequently. Vary your visits to different times of the day and evening to assess the care provided during the day, night, weekends and holidays.
  • Trust your gut. Pay attention to whether residents appear clean, well fed and free of bruises or other wounds. Also note if the environment is peaceful and feels safe.
  • Document in writing the details about any problems or concerns.
  • Compare facilities. Look up state survey reports here.

Contact NH Elder Abuse Attorneys

Before pursuing  a civil action for institutional elder abuse, it is important to objectively evaluate the facts of the case. The NH Nursing Home Injury Attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC provide aggressive yet caring legal representation to those whose loved ones have been the victims of NH nursing home abuse. Our goal is to help our clients receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. This includes pain and suffering that has been suffered due to negligent care of the elderly.

If you need help bringing a NH nursing home abuse claim, or have any questions, including needing information about a nursing home requiring the signing of a forced arbitration clause, we are available to help. There are no up-front costs for our services. All NH personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2101, email us at info@MZLawNH.com, or contact us by using the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.

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New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation: Third-Party Claims

In the New Hampshire workers’ compensation system, employees are prohibited from suing their employers or co-workers for their workplace injuries. However, an injured worker may be able to bring a lawsuit against a third-party wrongdoer. These are non-employees (known as “third parties”) who, at least in part, may have contributed to the employee’s injuries. Below is a list of issues that the New Hampshire workers’ compensation attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law consider when handling work injury claims:

Was a third-party potentially responsible for the injuries?

The best time to examine the possibility of a third-party claim is during your first meeting with a New Hampshire workers’ compensation attorney. The reason for this is two-fold: 1) The existence of a third-party claim could substantially impact the value of your case. 2) There may be a different statute of limitations for the two claims.

If your work injury lawyer decides to open both claims, best practices include opening a separate file for each claim. This is done to keep track of each statute of limitations independently. Ideally, your injury attorney would handle both the workers’ compensation and third-party liability claims. However, if that is not possible, the attorneys should communicate regularly. This ensures that neither attorney takes an action that would negatively impact their mutual client’s other claim. It also reduces the amount of duplicative work.

Scrutinize asserted New Hampshire workers’ compensation lien amounts

When there is a third-party liability claim, New Hampshire workers’ compensation insurance carriers are, by law, entitled to liens for payments previously made, and for future payments made on your behalf, either through settlement or judgment. There is no need for the insurance carrier to intervene in the third-party suit to protect its lien. The lien arises by operation of law. The insurance carrier’s lien rights are divided into two separate and distinct rights – its right to recoupment and it’s right to a “holiday” or “offset” against future payments. The carrier may waive one right while retaining the other.

These liens can be negotiated by the New Hampshire workers’ compensation lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law. First off, per the lien statute, the lien must be reduced by the carrier’s pro rata share of expenses and costs for bringing the third-party claim. Additionally, certain expenses incurred by the insurance carrier are prohibited from inclusion in any lien but may appear in the itemization of amounts paid provided by the insurance carrier. For example, administrative claims costs, vocational rehabilitation expenses, and interest cannot be recovered and, accordingly, should be removed from the calculation of a lien amount. In addition, work injury lawyers should consider negotiating an even lower repayment or holiday if, in your third-party claim, you have limited insurance available, there are significant liability problems, or the claim would be expensive to pursue.

If the insurance carrier refuses to negotiate or appropriately reduce its lien, your New Hampshire workers’ compensation attorney at Manning & Zimmerman Law  can request a hearing on the equitable repayment of the lien before the Superior Court.

Hearing at Department of Labor

During the litigation of your claim, the insurance carrier may deny coverage of one or more of your medical bills. In order to get that bill paid, a hearing on payment before the Department of Labor would normally be requested. Before you do so, however, if you have a third-party liability claim, your injury attorney should take time to consider the effect of a Department of Labor decision upholding the carrier’s decision to deny payment of that particular bill(s) on your future ability to present that bill as evidence of an injury-related medical expense in any hearing or trial regarding your third-party claim. A negative decision from the Department of Labor will be binding. Also, the potential detriment of requesting a hearing on a particular bill may outweigh the potential benefit under certain circumstances.

Third-party claim settlements must be approved

The New Hampshire workers’ compensation attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law know that no settlement by an employee against a third-party is binding until approved by the Labor Commissioner. Actions that have already commenced are subject to approval by the court or arbitration proceeding where the action is pending. The purpose of this process is to protect the lien rights of the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Accordingly, the documents submitted to the Labor Commissioner upon settlement, or the Court through a Petition to Approve the Settlement, require that the amount of the lien be provided. Also, a portion of the settlement funds must be paid to the insurance carrier in satisfaction of its statutory lien.

Contact Experienced New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Workers are often worried about how they are going to pay for an attorney. Attorneys in the NH workers’ compensation system  are generally paid on a contingency fee basis (percentage of any future recovery). They may alternatively be paid by the insurance company after a successful hearing. Thus, in most cases, workers do not need to pay any fees up-front.

At Manning & Zimmerman Law, we are proud to fight for the rights of workers who have suffered workplace injuries. It is essential that you have experienced legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too! For a free consultation with our NH workers’ compensation attorneys, call (603) 671-3156, send us an email to info@MZLawNH.com, or use the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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The Need to Buy as Much Car Insurance as You Can Afford

Manchester Car Crash Lawyers Discuss Insurance Claims for NH Car Crashes

According to the Manchester car crash lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law, it is very important to buy as much car insurance as you can afford. This recommendation is made to protect you and your family. Insurance is purchased to provide coverage and protection in the event that we harm someone else. Insurance can also protect you if you are injured by someone who has no insurance or insufficient insurance. In New Hampshire, insurance is not required for drivers unless that driver has already had an uninsured at-fault crash.

Have you been injured by an uninsured driver? If so, your Uninsured Motorist Coverage will protect you and compensate you and your family for your losses and harms. If someone else causes a crash that results in injuries, you may have an insurance claim. Be sure to gather the other driver’s insurance information, provided they have insurance. You may also have to request a copy of the investigative report from the police department.

If the responsible driver has insurance, you will likely receive a phone call or a letter from the insurance company. We do not recommend that you give a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster before you speak with the Manchester car crash lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law.  Insurance adjusters are trained to take statements that help them delay, deny, and defend against compensating you for your losses. We provide a free consultation for those hurt in a car crash or in any other personal injury matter.

Contact Experienced New Hampshire Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured by another person’s careless acts, contact the experienced NH car crashes attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 605-0547 and by email at info@MZLawNH.com. You may also use the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

It is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

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