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Portsmouth New Hampshire Personal Injury Law Blog

Workers' compensation laws change under union pressure

Workers' compensation has become a sacred trust for thousands of workers who sacrifice their health for a job well-done. From an early start as laws guaranteeing workers' rights to sue employers, the federal and state requirements for workers' compensation are nearly automatic in the case of a serious injury on the worksite.

Many injured people and their families find their own money disappearing while they recover from a workplace injury. The difference between workers' compensation coverage and expenses that eat into someone's savings or insurance deductible can mean saving or losing thousands of dollars.

New Hampshire agency is defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit

It's hard to put a dollar figure on human suffering, let along the end of a human life. But often, after a tragic accident or collision, financial damages are the only way to make a family whole and stop future harm to others.

Wrongful death lawsuits are often directed at a person who directly caused a fatal injury or the person responsible for a dangerous environment. On occasion, government agencies may be held legally responsible for a situation that their employees should have prevented.

What's the best way to avoid motorcycle injuries?

If you're seeing the Granite State from over handlebars, you should also be seeing them through a helmet visor. Are you practicing safe biking during your trips through New Hampshire?

Is it illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet?

Nashua man suspected of DUI after highway collision

New Hampshire is the place to live free, but the state's communities rely on people paying attention and fulfilling their obligations. Although accidents can happen, serious injury or death can occur if drivers are inattentive, careless or negligent behind the wheel.

One of the most serious motor vehicle violations is driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The loss of judgment and reflex while intoxicated can lead to damage, suffering or worse for drivers and others on the road.

New Hampshire lawyers investigate dog bite

A dog is often a man's best friend, but this relationship can turn dark when a canine's worst instincts are aroused. A dog bite can lead to a long period of physical pain as well as emotional recovery.

Prosecutors are looking to resolve an issue around a large-breed dog accused of attacking a caretaker. Lawyers representing the state of New Hampshire are hoping to impound a 145-pound Great Dane who bit and wrestled a woman who was tending to its exercise needs in a government kennel.

New Hampshire hospital fights an increase in worker injuries

From logging to fishing, New Hampshire residents fulfill some of the country's most dangerous jobs. It is rare that competent workers with dedicated managers are injured on the job, but employers must be ready to help anyone who has suffered due to difficult working conditions.

Another dangerous career can be medical services, where health care workers are often exposed to dangers in the field and in hospitals. One hospital in the Granite State is fighting an upward trend in workers' compensation claims after at least 10 employees were hurt badly enough to miss a day of work in the first six months of 2018.

New Hampshire accident claims life of young mother

A young mother of a toddler was killed recently on New Hampshire Route 11 when the vehicle she was riding in was slammed into head-on by a pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup, identified as a 47-year-old teacher from Belmont, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged with negligent homicide-DUI.

Tips to help you get through your motorcycle test successfully

If you want to ride your motorcycle in New Hampshire, you need the right permit or motorcycle license. It's very important to get it before you get on the road, no matter how proficient you believe yourself to be.

To do that, you need to take a driving test. The following tips can help you ensure you pass:

  • Test all functions on the bike prior to the test. For instance, make sure that the brakes and the turn signals work. Go over the bike carefully to get it ready to ride.
  • Study the rules of the road and the road signs. Yes, many of these rules apply to driving a car as well, and you probably already have that license. However, if it's been a while since you took that test, it does not hurt to refresh your memory.
  • Get there early. Aim to arrive at least 10 or 15 minutes before the scheduled test.
  • Practice often before riding. Even just practicing parking in the driveway can help significantly. Never just assume you can pass the test. Go over the basics often so that you feel confident when you actually start.
  • Listen carefully. Your instructor is going to walk you through the test, and you need to follow their instructions to the letter. Pay attention. Keep your cellphone off. As long as you're taking the test, do not allow yourself any distractions.

Driving courses may help with anxiety after a crash

You got into an accident, but you didn't cause it. The blame fell squarely on the other driver. Even so, your anxiety goes through the roof any time you're even near a road. You refuse to drive. Just the thought of it threatens to bring on a panic attack.

There are many ways to treat these symptoms, such as therapy and medication. One option that many people overlook, though, is simply enrolling in a driving course.

Tips to help reduce a scar after a dog bite

A dog bite can put you in the hospital with serious pain and suffering. It can lead to infection, and you may need follow-up medical treatment. There are potentially serious physical ramifications.

It is important to remember that the physical injuries may not heal entirely. One of the biggest complications is the development of scars that can lead to permanent disfigurement. This can make you feel self-conscious, it can impact your employment prospects and it can even change your personal relationships.

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