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Resolving your New Hampshire personal injury case

There are a number of different ways to resolve your New Hampshire personal injury case. They include:

    1.  Settlement negotiated between your attorney and the insurance adjuster
    2.  Trial
    3.  Mediation
    4.  Arbitration
    5.  Summary jury trial

New Hampshire personal injury

Settlement Negotiated Between the Attorneys

In many cases, after discovery is complete, and the insurance adjuster and attorneys from both sides have had an opportunity to review all the evidence, the attorneys can come to an agreement about the value of the case, who is at fault, and what is a reasonable settlement offer. If that occurs in your case, your New Hampshire personal injury attorney at Manning & Zimmerman will contact you to convey the settlement offer. As the injured party, you are able to make a determination about whether or not you will settle for the amount offered. Your attorney’s job is to assist you in making an informed decision.  This means they will tell you if they believe you could receive more money at trial, or if your expectations about a certain settlement is unreasonable for your injury. If you agree to settle, the lawyers will notify the court and take care of the necessary paperwork for you.

Trial

Trials are available for cases that cannot be resolved by negotiation, or by using one of the many forms of alternative dispute resolution available to the parties. At a trial, the parties both make opening statements, witnesses are examined by both sides, evidence is admitted, and the lawyers make closing arguments. Then the case is given to a judge or jury, who will decide the case. Trials can be stressful for lay people. Trials also run the risk of a lack of finality. This is because, in addition to the uncertainty that comes with letting others determine your fate, if the insurance company doesn’t want to pay the amount awarded or otherwise believe that some injustice occurred during trial, they can appeal the verdict in certain circumstances. This makes an already long wait for resolution even longer.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
In New Hampshire, all civil cases must go to some form of alternative dispute resolution. Typically parties either go to a non-binding mediation or a binding arbitration. Alternative dispute resolution proceedings are confidential. Things that are said to attempt to resolve the matter at these hearings cannot be used against the other party if the case does not settle and ultimately goes to trial.

The Effects of an Agreement

If you participate in an alternative dispute resolution to resolve your personal injury case, your New Hampshire personal injury attorney, along with the lawyer for the other side, will execute a written agreement for the court, documenting the terms of the agreement. It has the same strength and is enforceable just as any other written contract would be.

Mediation

Mediation involves a mediator, who is a neutral third party such as an attorney or retired judge. The job of the mediator is to remain impartial during the proceedings. Mediators attempt to facilitate a discussion between the parties. The goals of mediation include promoting an understanding between the parties, reconciliation, and settlement. However, the mediator is not permitted to substitute his or her judgment for the parties’ own. Alternative dispute resolution proceedings are confidential. Things that are said to attempt to resolve the matter at these hearings cannot be used against the other party if the case does not settle and ultimately goes to trial.

If you participate in an alternative dispute resolution to resolve your personal injury case, your attorney, along with the lawyer for the other side, will execute a written agreement for the court, documenting the terms of the agreement. It has the same strength and is enforceable just as any other written contract would be.

Arbitration

There are two kinds of arbitration: binding arbitration and non-binding arbitration. Regardless of whether the arbitration in binding, both parties will present their position to impartial third parties called arbitrator(s). The arbitrator or arbitrators will issue a specific award. If the parties have agreed to a binding arbitration, the arbitration decision is final and will be enforceable like any other contract. If the decision is not binding, the idea is that the decision will provide a basis upon which the parties can negotiate further.

Summary Jury Trial

A summary jury trial is designed for early case evaluation and provides a way to develop realistic settlement negotiation. In a summary jury trial, attorneys for both sides present their position to a panel of six jurors. The parties can agree to more or less jurors if they are so inclined, but typically six jurors are used. After hearing the positions of the parties, the jurors make decisions about what damages might be reasonable, and who is at fault. This is also an advisory opinion, and as such, is not binding on the parties.

Injured? Contact the New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law

If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, it is essential that you have competent NH injury lawyers representing you from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. The experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman are ready to represent you immediately.  Call (603) 239-2459 today for a free initial consultation, send us an email to info@MZLawNH.com, or reach out to us using the “contact us” or the chat feature on our website.

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NH Personal Injury AttorneysWe highly recommend the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman. Our case took about 18 months to resolve and throughout that time Maureen and Brenda were always professional, thoughtful and accessible. They answered every question, explained the process along the way and were attentive to our concerns. Maureen’s extensive experience and knowledge are impressive and my wife and I feel fortunate to have had her on OUR side of our case!

Distracted Driving: Mayhem on the Roads

Distracted Driving: Making Our Roadways Less Safe Everyday

distracted drivingAccording to an article on distracted driving by the American Rental Association, “When you look at the statistics, it’s a wonder anyone voluntarily gets behind the wheel; it’s mayhem on the roads and driving is becoming more dangerous on a daily basis. Consider, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): From 2014 to 2015, vehicle accidents resulting in fatalities rose by more than seven percent, the biggest increase in almost 50 years. Over that same time frame, the number of injuries from motor vehicle crashes jumped up by nearly five percent.”

The article continued, “During that same period, the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by nearly four percent; the largest increase since 1992. The fatality rate per 100 million VMT increased by the same. Fatal accidents caused by distracted driving rose by almost nine percent. In 2015, there were over four percent more fatalities involving crashes with large trucks — any medium or heavy truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 lbs., excluding motor homes and buses — than in 2014.”

The article concluded, “It gets more troubling. Again, according to NHTSA data, during the first six months of 2016, highway deaths rose by more than 10 percent to 17,775, compared to the same period in 2015. Data indicates that rather than vehicle/equipment failure, drivers — particularly distracted drivers — were the primary factor behind these fatalities.”

What is Distracted Driving?

So what exactly is distracted driving? According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

New Hampshire’s “Hands-Free” Law

Distracted driving has now been categorized as a national epidemic. In an effort to address distracted driving and make roads safer in New Hampshire, lawmakers took action by making handheld cell phone use and texting while driving  a violation of state law. New Hampshire law enforcement officials are authorized to stop drivers who have been observed texting or using a cell phone while driving, even if the driver is not committing any other offenses. This is what is known as a “primary offense.”

New Hampshire’s “Hands-Free” law went into effect in 2015, prohibiting the use of any hand-held device while driving. New vehicles are manufactured with Bluetooth capability, allowing for hands-free and voice-activated connections to electronic devices. For those drivers with older vehicles without this technology, an update is necessary to enable hands-free capability. Research has shown that older drivers who commit violations of the law do so while using a device to make and receive phone calls, while younger drivers are far more likely to be texting.

At the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, we have seen an increase in the number of cases we handle that are the result of injuries caused by distracted drivers. We must ALL develop strategies and the discipline necessary to eliminate distractions while driving to ensure our own safety as well of the safety of all others on our roadways.

Distracted Driving Presentations in Schools

At Manning & Zimmerman Law, we are committed to helping to reduce the number of distracted driving crashes on New Hampshire roadways. Attorneys Maureen Raiche Manning and Anna Goulet Zimmerman, who combined have more than 50 years of experience in the practice of law, have volunteered their services to provide distracted driving presentations at local high schools. This is being done as part of a state-wide initiative being organized by the New Hampshire Association for Justice, an organization of trial lawyers of which Attorney Zimmerman is the current president and Attorney Manning is a past-president. More information on the program provided to schools is available at EndDD.org or, if your school would like a presentation, please contact Attorney Zimmerman at our office.

Contact the NH Personal Injury Lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the New Hampshire personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC.  Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2315, email us at info@manningzimmermanlaw.com, or contact us by using the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.

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New Hampshire Personal Injury Law and Proportioning Fault

New Hampshire Personal Injury Lawyers: “What is Negligence?”

Negligence is defined as “the failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another” and is the crux of a New Hampshire personal injury case.  In order to receive compensation for personal injuries suffered in a motor vehicle collision, an injured person (known as the “plaintiff”) has the burden of proving negligence on the part the person being sued (known as the “defendant”) – usually, the other driver.

In order to prove negligence in a New Hampshire personal injury case, an injured plaintiff must show that the defendant driver owed him or her a duty; that this duty was breached; and that breach of this duty factually and legally resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries and damages (including both economic and non-economic damages).

Duty and Breach

In New Hampshire personal injury cases, a defendant’s duty is measured by the standard of a reasonable person.  In the case of personal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, the injured plaintiff must show that the defendant driver owed a duty to the injured plaintiff (and all other drivers on the roadway) to act as a reasonably prudent driver under the same or similar circumstances. “Same or similar circumstances” means that a defendant driver’s duty is “fluid,” depending upon environmental circumstances like traffic volume, weather, and other external forces.

For example, a defendant may have a duty to drive slower when road conditions are bad or if driving through an area where there are a lot of pedestrians or children present. These factors are taken into consideration when determining whether or not a defendant driver breached the duty of care owed to the injured plaintiff and other drivers on the roadway.  The injured plaintiff must ordinarily be able to prove this breach to prevail in a personal injury case and receive monetary compensation.

Defendant’s Admission of Fault vs. Taking Responsibility

In some cases where the defendant driver’s insurance company is not contesting fault (i.e. where the insurance company concedes that its driver caused the accident), it may “admit” to satisfying the duty and breach elements of negligence.  In many cases, a plaintiff’s lawyer will insist that the defense lawyer stipulate to this admission in writing – especially if the case has a good chance of proceeding to trial. Although a defendant may “admit” fault for collision, this is not the same at taking responsibility.

In fact, when this is done and the case proceeds to trial anyway it is because the defendant (or his/her insurance company) is still failing to accept financial responsibility for all the harms and losses which were caused by the defendant’s conduct. The admission of fault is often done simply because the defendant wants to avoid the jury hearing about what he or she did wrong, with the hope that this might result in a smaller verdict.

Causation and Damages

In a New Hampshire personal injury case, an injured plaintiff must ordinarily show that the defendant driver’s breach of duty was both the factual cause and legal (foreseeable) cause of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.  In addition to causation, the plaintiff must have suffered damages – usually in the form of personal injuries.  These damages are classified into two main types:  economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are those damages that can be measured numerically – such as medical bills, physical therapy bills, and compensation for missed time from work (also known as lost wages).  The injured plaintiff must demonstrate that the treatment, bills, and lost wages are the proximate result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages include compensation for pain and suffering; aggravation and inconvenience, psychological and psychiatric harm, loss of earning capacity, and loss of companionship or consortium (i.e. spousal support).  The value of these losses can be difficult to determine, but are often far greater than the non-economic damages as this is the category of damages within which the jury is compensating a plaintiff for the change in the plaintiff’s ability (whether for a period of time or permanently) to live and enjoy life in the same what that he or she once did. Again, the injured plaintiff must demonstrate that these damages were proximately caused by the accident.

Plaintiff’s Contributory and Comparative Negligence in New Hampshire

New Hampshire personal injury law penalizes plaintiffs when the evidence shows that they somehow caused or contributed to the accident in which they sustained their injuries.  Examples of contributing to an accident might include exceeding the speed limit, violating a traffic law, or engaging in some type of distracted driving, IF this conduct contributed to the accident.

New Hampshire, like most states in the country, uses a modified comparative negligence scheme – otherwise known as the “51% Rule.”  Under this rule, an injured plaintiff’s contributory negligence does not completely bar his or her recovery, so long as the plaintiff’s negligence was not greater than the defendant’s.  Under New Hampshire personal injury law, a judge will reduce an injured plaintiff’s damages (the total amount of the damages as determined by a jury) in proportion to his or her amount of negligence. For example, if a defendant driver was 75% at fault for the accident, and the injured plaintiff contributed 25% to the accident, then the injured plaintiff is only entitled to recover 75% of the damages found by the jury.

Contact the New Hampshire Personal Injury Lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman

If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the New Hampshire personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, PLLC. There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2427, email us at info@manningzimmermanlaw.com, or contact us by using the “request a free consultation” feature on our website.

NH Car Crash Attorneys Share Winter Driving Tips

NH Car Crash Attorneys Share Winter Driving Tips

Reduce Speed

* When it snows, the NH car crash attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law urge you to use your head – not your feet. Slow down for wet, snowy, or icy conditions; when visibility is poor; or when conditions are changing or unpredictable. Stay alert!

* Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice – a thin coating of clear ice can form on pavement surfaces that may be nh car crash attorneys, nh injury lawyers, nh car crash lawyers, nh accident lawyerdifficult to see.

* Drivers should allow additional room between their vehicles and others. Winter road conditions often result in longer stopping distances.

* Don’t take chances when pulling out in front of approaching vehicles. Remember, they may not be able to slow down, and you may not be able to accelerate as quickly as on dry pavement.

* Avoid using cruise control in winter driving conditions. You need to be in control of when your vehicle accelerates based on road conditions – don’t let cruise control make a bad decision for you.

Driving Maneuvers

* Stopping on snow and ice without skidding requires extra time and distance. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, NH car crash attorneys urge you to give yourself plenty of room to stop.

* On snow and ice, go slowly, no matter what type of vehicle you drive. Even if you drive an SUV with four-wheel drive, you may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better, once you lose traction. Four-wheel drive may get you going faster, but it won’t help you stop sooner.

* When you’re driving on snow, accelerate gradually. Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.

* When you’re driving on snow, ice or wet roads, merge slowly, since sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.

* It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in adverse weather conditions, so use your brakes carefully. Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes.

* Look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely.

* Avoid distracted driving – texting, eating, handheld devices, etc.

* Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. “When there’s ice and snow, take it slow” is sound advice from the NH car crash attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC.

Safe Travel Around Snowplows

* Don’t crowd the plow. Snowplows plow far and wide – sometimes very wide. The front plow extends several feet in front of the truck and may cross the center line and shoulders during plowing operations.

* Don’t tailgate or stop too close behind snowplows. Snowplows are usually spreading deicing materials from the back of the truck may need to stop or take evasive action to avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. The road behind a snowplow will be safer to drive on.

* On multiple lane roads, watch for snowplows operating in either lane.

* Snowplows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react. Drive smart. Never drive into a snow cloud – it could conceal a snowplow.

* Snowplows travel much slower than posted speeds while removing snow and ice from the roads. When you spot a plow, allow plenty of time to slow down.

* A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them but they may not see you.

* Plows turn and exit the road frequently. Give them plenty of room.

Trip Preparedness

* Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions. Safe drivers know the weather, and they know their limits. If the weather is bad, remember, ice and snow, take it slow, or just don’t go.

* Before venturing out onto snowy roadways, make sure you’ve cleared the snow off all of your vehicle’s windows and lights, including brake lights and turn signals. Make sure you can see and be seen. Always buckle up, and remember, when driving in winter, ice and snow, take it slow.

* Give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation, just to be on time.

* Winter conditions can be taxing on your vehicle. Check your vehicle’s tires, brakes, fluids, wiper blades, lights, belts, and hoses to make sure they‘re in good condition before the start of the winter season. A breakdown is bad on a good day, and can be dangerous on a bad-weather day.

* Wear your seat belt! Nearly three-quarters (71%) of all traffic fatalities in New Hampshire over the past 10 years have involved non-seat belt use.

Contact Experienced NH Car Crash Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the New Hampshire car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, PLLC. There are no up-front costs for our services.  All personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 624-7200.

Source: https://www.nh.gov/dot/

 

 

Steps to Take Following a Manchester Auto Accident

manchester auto accident attorneyYou’ve just been involved in a Manchester auto accident with another vehicle. It was the other driver’s fault, and you both know it. You believe you are hurt, but you’re not sure how badly or to what extent. What do you do?

Call Emergency Personnel and Seek Medical Treatment

First of all, call 911 and report the accident right away. Let the dispatcher know you’ve been injured in a collision and are in need of emergency personnel. This is crucial for two reasons. First, it will ensure that you receive prompt medical attention for your injuries. Second, it will result in the police being notified and responding to the scene so that an appropriate investigation can be completed.

The police will be interested in collecting the following information:

(1) the date, time, and location of the crash

(2) personal information and statements from all drivers, passengers, and witnesses

(3) a summary of all injuries claimed to have been sustained by individuals as a result of the accident

(4) detailed information concerning the vehicles involved in the collision (including license plate, year, make, model, color, sedan/SUV/coupe, etc.)

(5) weather and street conditions

(6) any and all property damage to vehicles

(7) whether any part of any vehicle was malfunctioning or defective leading up to the moment of the accident (i.e. brakes, taillights, turn signals, etc.)

The officer preparing the report will also write a narrative of the details and apparent cause of the accident, including whether one party claimed that another party was speeding or driving erratically, etc. The officer will probably also draw up a diagram of how the accident unfolded with illustrations of points of impact.

The police report can be very helpful in identifying witnesses and other information that may later be relevant to your claim.

Collect Information and Make Notes

To the extent you are physically able to do so, collect all necessary insurance and contact information from the other driver. Take photographs of vehicle damage as well as your injuries if possible. Of course, if you are hurt or unable to move around, there’s no need to attempt this on your own at the accident scene.

As soon as possible after the Manchester auto accident, write down notes regarding your memory of how the accident happened and what you observed immediately before, during, and afterwards. As time elapses, it will naturally become more and more difficult to recall smaller details of the incident. However, in the event you end up filing a personal injury lawsuit, it’s possible you could be asked about these details several months from the time they happened. By creating a detailed log, you will have something you can review prior to a deposition or trial.

Speak with a Manchester Auto Accident Attorney

Should you receive a phone call from an insurance adjuster, keep in mind that you are under no obligation to discuss the accident with them. The representative with whom you speak may invite you to give a “statement” concerning what transpired. At the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, we offer a free consultation for those who have been injured in a car crash. Please feel free to contact our office at (603) 624-7200 to schedule a consultation before speaking with an insurance company representative, including giving a statement of any kind. Should you decide to retain our office to represent you, we will handle all communications with the insurance company and will work to ensure that you are compensated for the injuries you sustained.

 

Free eBooklet: Critical Evaluation Factors for 17 Types of Injury Cases

NH Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Free Injury Case eBooklet

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If you are like many personal injury victims, you may be unsure of the civil litigation process and whether it is the best fit for you and your family moving forward. The NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC understand the hesitation many people feel about filing a lawsuit – we are here to help answer your questions and explain the process from start to finish. At Manning & Zimmerman, you can expect uncompromising persistence and professionalism as our lawyers work hard to obtain the best results possible as we fight to protect your legal rights.

We are pleased to present this quick-reading and informative eBooklet, loaded with helpful insights into how attorneys and insurers evaluate a wide variety of injury cases.  Find your case type and learn about:

Vehicle accidents

— Rear-end collisions

— Intersection accidents

— Parked or disabled vehicles

— Auto vs. pedestrian

— Auto vs. bicyclist

— Truck accidents

Premises liability

— Slips and falls

— Stairway falls

— Falling objects

— Animal-attack cases

— Inadequate security

Government entities

— Claims against a public entity

— Police misconduct

Other cases

— Children and minors

— Food poisoning

— Intentional torts

— Nursing home abuse and neglect

Download the eBooklet Now

Contact Experienced NH Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, 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! The experienced NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations to NH injury victims. Call us at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.

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Manchester Car Accident Attorney Assistance in Distracted Driving Cases

Manchester Car Accident Attorney Assistance in Distracted Driving Cases

A Manchester car accident attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman may be able to help you to receive compensation if you were injured in a crash. In  2015, a law took effect in New Hampshire that bans the use of any hand-held electronic devices while driving. The law took effect after a lengthy public education campaign. It warned New Hampshire drivers about the dangers of, and penalties for, driving while distracted.

Restrictions

The ban includes the use of hand-held devices even when drivers are stopped at a red light. This means that if you have stopped for any reason without pulling off the roadway, you may not use a hand-held device. Restricted devices include cell phones used for emailing, calling, and texting, as well as GPS systems. Hands-free cellphone operation is permitted. These regulations are stricter than the prior law that only restricted texting while driving. Additionally, all similarly distracting activities will be prohibited. The new law also bans all minor drivers from any cell phone usage while operating a vehicle, even if they are using hands-free technology. Emergency calls are still allowed.

Statistical Evidence

According to the New Hampshire Driving Toward Zero Coalition, of all fatal crashes that occurred in New Hampshire over the past four years, 116 were caused directly by distracted driving. Drivers distracted by texting are also 23 times more likely to crash than other drivers. According to a report by the National Safety Council on addressing this issue that has now been classified a national epidemic, “Our complacency is killing us. Americans believe there is nothing we can do to stop crashes from happening, but that isn’t true. The U.S. lags the rest of the developed world in addressing highway fatalities. We know what needs to be done; we just haven’t done it.”

Penalties for Violations

The first offense results in a fine of $100 for those found to be in violation of the law. The second offense results in a $250 fine, and the third offense within two years results in a $500 fine. Additional penalties may be assessed in addition to the monetary fines.

Contact a Manchester Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured by a distracted driver and would like more information on filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman at (603) 624-7200 or by email at info@MZLawNH.com.  Stricter distracted driving laws may make it easier for victims of negligent drivers in New Hampshire to receive compensation. From medical expenses to compensation for lost wages, a Manchester car accident attorney may be able to help you recover damages caused by a driver who was texting or otherwise distracted by a hand-held device.

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11 Questions an Attorney May Ask Before Accepting Your Personal Injury Case

nh personal injury lawyerIf you have been injured in an accident, be sure to contact a NH personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC as soon as possible. However, before a personal injury lawyer accepts your case, there are a series of 11 questions they might ask you in order to obtain the details of the accident and your injuries.

  1. How did the accident happen? Be sure to be as detailed as possible when explaining how the accident occurred.
  2. When did the accident occur? Your personal injury lawyer will want to know exactly what date and time the accident happened. If you waited too long after the accident to file a claim, then you may be outside of the statute of limitations.
  3. Where did the accident happen? Your personal injury lawyer will need to determine the venue for your case, which will be based upon where the accident happened. If the accident happened in another state, we can recommend a personal injury lawyer for that area.
  4. What injuries did you sustain?
  5. Did you seek medical attention for your injuries? Your personal injury lawyer will request the names of the places you went to seek attention, as well as copies of any medical records you may have.
  6. How are your injuries presently? Your injury attorney will want to know if your injuries have healed or if you are still from the effects of the crash.
  7. Were there witnesses to the accident?
  8. Do you have any type of insurance?
  9. Have you been in contact with any insurance companies about the incident?
  10. Where is the car or truck that caused your injuries? If you were hit by a car or truck, or injured by something else, your injury lawyer will want to see pictures before the vehicle is repaired. If you have already taken pictures, bring them in to show your NH personal injury lawyer.
  11. Were you referred to the law office by someone? At this point, you can ask the personal injury lawyer any questions you may have as well.

Contact an Experienced NH Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured by another person’s careless acts, contact the Manchester injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC at (603) 239-2489 for a free consultation. 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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