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NH Injury Attorneys: Holding Big Pharma Accountable

According to the NH injury attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law, deaths due to opioid use have drastically increased in the last 20 years. In 2016 alone, according to a special report from Time magazine, nearly 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses – “roughly as many as were lost in the entire Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars combined.” An average of 115 people die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Life expectancy in the U.S. – one of the richest countries in the world – went down in both 2015 and 2016. So just how did we get here?

An Explosion of Pills and Prescriptions

The original marketing for OxyContin as providing long-lasting and non-addictive pain relief was based on questionable research.

Last year, 236 million opioid prescriptions were doled out in the U.S. The amount of prescription opioids sold to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, yet there was no overall change in the amount of pain that Americans reported. Deaths from prescription opioids – drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone – have also quadrupled since 1999.

Until the mid-1990s, opioids were only prescribed for pain from severe injuries or to cancer patients. That all changed in 1996 with the introduction of OxyContin, an extended-release opioid from Purdue Pharma. This drug was heavily promoted to doctors as less addictive and therefore appropriate for more common conditions. As prescription opioids became a cash cow for many pharmaceutical companies, they continued to trivialize the risks while overstating the benefits of opioid usage.

Battling the Big Pharma Goliath

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Trial lawyers are working with advocates to hold opioid makers accountable.

Addiction prevention and recovery organizations, law enforcement, and health care advocates are doing their best to combat the many-headed monster of opioid abuse. Now, multiple states, counties, cities and other jurisdictions are banding together and filing lawsuits to hold opioid companies responsible for the consequences of the crisis. In so doing, they are borrowing a page from the playbook of Mike Moore, a lawyer and former attorney general for Mississippi. In 1994, Moore was the first state AG to sue the tobacco industry for lying about nicotine addiction and to hold them accountable for the cost to the public of treating sick smokers. He gathered lawyers and other AGs from across the country to take on Big Tobacco – and won. It was the largest corporate legal settlement in history, with 50 states participating and an enormous $246 billion agreement. This money funds smoking cessation and prevention programs to this day.

The Important Work of Trial Lawyers

Last year, Moore decided to turn his sights on Big Pharma. Since then, more than 400 cities, counties and Native American tribes have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy chains. In February, the Justice Department announced it was standing behind the plaintiffs and plans to file a statement of interest as well.

Meanwhile, trial attorneys are working with the authorities in many of these jurisdictions to help claw back the millions spent on law enforcement, opioid-related crime prevention, and addiction treatment. Trial attorneys are also representing individuals and their families who have suffered the consequences of opioid addiction and forcing Big Pharma to acknowledge the shattered lives left in the wake of the opioid crisis.

Personal Responsibility and Activism

What can you do to help stem the growth of opioid addiction and create a future with fewer overdoses? One way is to support lawmakers who are taking on Big Pharma and holding them accountable. The other is by exercising extreme caution when coming in contact with prescription opioids in your life. If your doctor prescribes one of these drugs for you or a family member, ask about and seriously consider less addictive medications, appropriate therapies and other ways to manage pain. If you do decide to go with opiates, consider these tips:

  • Make sure you are getting the right medication.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor to make sure that the medication you are taking is working and that the dose is appropriate.
  • Follow directions carefully. Use your medication the way it was prescribed.
  • When you are nearing the end of your prescription, discuss the safest way to discontinue use and prevent withdrawal.
  • Never use someone else’s prescription.
  • Secure your prescription drugs.
  • Properly dispose of medications. Don’t keep unused or expired drugs. Check the label or patient information guide for disposal instructions, or ask your pharmacist for advice.

Contact Experienced NH Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Have you or a loved one been injured due to 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 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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NH Injury Attorneys: Foodborne Illnesses

Keep Foodborne Illnesses Away from Your Thanksgiving Table

According to the New Hampshire injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, each year 48 million people fall sick from foodborne illnesses. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. One in six Americans could get food poisoning this year alone.

Food Safety and the Civil Justice System, a recently published landmark study by the American Association for Justice, traces a growing number of serious foodborne illnesses to questionable practices by some large factory farms [download report]. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions increase the chances of bacterial contamination entering the food supply. Overuse of pharmaceuticals and chemicals to prevent disease in livestock and produce have also been associated with the rise in “super bugs,” bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics. Diseased livestock, improperly handled produce and poor government oversight all add to the problem.

Contamination at this level won’t be prevented without the help of improved government oversight and a robust civil justice system that continues to hold wrongdoers accountable. You can, however, lessen the chances of food poisoning in your home as follows:

Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

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While preparing any meal, the New Hampshire injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman encourage you to remember these four steps from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep bacteria away from food, utensils and yourself.

  1. Wash: Clean hands and surfaces often. Illness-causing bacteria can collect on hands, utensils and surface areas. Also wash fruits and vegetables, but not meats.
  2. Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate foods. Raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can still spread harmful bacteria to ready-to-eat items if they aren’t kept separate. Use one cutting board for fresh produce and another for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
  3. Cook: Use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of cooked foods. Check temperatures in several places to make sure that meat, poultry, seafood, eggs (or dishes containing eggs) are cooked to safe minimum internal temperatures as shown in the Safe Cooking Temperatures Chart.
  4. Chill: Illness-causing bacteria can grow in perishable foods in just two hours. Refrigerate foods promptly and properly, and throw out food before it begins to spoil.

    Tips for On-Time Turkey

    Is your Thanksgiving often interrupted by multiple trips to the grocery store, or worse yet, a bird that isn’t done when guests are ready to eat? What about sorting out all those leftovers? Well, then you should check out this handy guide from FoodSafety.gov with tips on how to streamline your schedule – from shopping to preparation to cooking to storing leftovers – and ensure a safe, delicious Thanksgiving dinner at your home.

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    The turkey is safely prepped and the kitchen is sparkling clean. What next?  The New York Times recently investigated something that all Americans can agree on – Thanksgiving dinner! Here are 52 recipes representing each state as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico. See what neighbors are cooking, or find a dish for guests traveling from afar. You might even add a new favorite to your annual feast!

    Happy Thanksgiving from the

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How Working Impacts Your Social Security Benefits

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Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in New Hampshire can take more than a year. Many people who experience an injury or illness that makes them unable to work struggle with how to support themselves and their families while waiting for Social Security benefits. Some people find that while their medical impairments make them unable to work enough to support themselves, they are able to work on a limited basis.

Working while on or applying for SSDI may impact your eligibility for benefits or the amount you receive.

Working and SSDI

Those receiving SSDI benefits can earn up to $1,180 per month in 2018 and still receive the full Social Security disability monthly benefit. This amount of money is known as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). Earning more than that amount can cause you to lose your benefits.

Individuals attempting to return to work can earn any amount of money for up to 9 months in a 5 year period without losing their benefits. This period is called a Trial Work Period. Once the nine months of the trial work period are used up, earning even $1 more than SGA can result in losing benefits. In 2018 any month where a person earns more than $850 counts as a month of the trial work period.

Each year the Social Security Administration posts the amount of earnings that trigger a trial work period. After more than the trial work period amount in 9 out of 60 months, the Social Security Administration will determine your average earnings over that period. If the amount is more than SGA, benefits may be terminated.

Working and SSI

If you are receiving SSI, your benefit will be reduced proportionately with your income. SSI also has a limit on the total amount of income you can receive which includes income you earn and income that you receive from sources other than work.

Generally, while working the first $85 dollars you earn each month is not counted. If you earn more than $85, your SSI benefit will be reduced by 50 cents for each dollar you earn. Social Security will send you a notice alerting you to changes in your benefits due to income that you earn.

Are you are attempting to return to work while applying for or receiving Social Security benefits? If so, you should speak with a New Hampshire disability attorney to determine how your benefits may be impacted.

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You may need a New Hampshire attorney who is experienced in disability law to assist you with your claim. There are numerous deadlines and countless rules and regulations that must be met.

At the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC, your initial consultation with a New Hampshire disability attorney is free. Please feel free to call us at (603) 210-4464, send us an email to info@MZLawNH.com, or reach out to us using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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NH Divorce Lawyers Explain Collaborative Law

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Collaborative law is a process in which the parties in a divorce (or other family law matters) agree to work through the issues in dispute together, instead of looking to the courts for resolution through traditional litigation. After agreeing to proceed with the collaborative process, both parties will need NH divorce lawyers. The lawyers should be trained in collaborative law and will sign a participation agreement. As a part of the participation agreement, the parties agree that if they are unable to resolve their disagreements and resort to litigation, both parties will be required to obtain other NH divorce lawyers. This process ensures that everyone is working together collaboratively, without the threat of litigation.

In addition to attorneys, other professionals are often used in the collaborative process. A financial advisor might be retained to help sort through the finances to understand the consequences of certain financial decisions. A mental health professional might be involved as a coach to help with communication, conflict resolution or other issues. A parenting coordinator or children’s advocate may also be utilized. The attorneys and parties will work together to determine what professionals are needed and at what step in the process, in light of the specific requirements of a given case.

A primary benefit of collaborative law is allowing the parties to control what is going to happen in their case. Especially regarding children, no judge can know better than the parents what is going to work best for their children. Courts will issue orders believed to be in the child’s best interest. The end result, however, is often an order which neither parent believes is best for their family.

The collaborative process is intended to be cooperative instead of adversarial. As a result, the parties are often left with a much better working relationship. This creates the ability to more effectively co-parent their children. The children also benefit if their parents are able to work together without subjecting the family to stressful legal proceedings.

For more information, visit the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire or the International Association of Collaborative Law Professionals.

Contact Experienced NH Divorce Lawyers

If you are wondering whether collaborative law might be right for your case, call the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC at (603) 624-7200 for a free consultation. We may also be reached by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.


Anna Goulet Zimmerman is certified as a collaborative law attorney and is a member of both the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire and the International Association of Collaborative Law Professionals. This allows Anna to handle collaborative law cases in addition to traditional litigation.