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Dear Parents: McDonald’s has decided to voluntarily recall a red whistle included in a happy meal Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop toy #6 in the U.S. and Canada after recently discovering that components of the whistle can detach, posing a choking and aspiration hazard to a young child. McDonald’s asks customers who have the toy to [Read More]



Published October 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

To better serve our clients, we are a bilingual law firm. Spanish speaking clients should feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need assistance in any personal injury, workers’ compensation and/or social security disability claim. Esperamos con interés escuchar de usted!

The Social Security Administration welcomed a new Administrative Law Judge to their Manchester, New Hampshire office. The new Administrative Law Judge is Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer who was an Administrative Law Judge in New Haven, CT ODAR office. According to disabilityjudges.com, Judge Groeneveld-Meijer has a 46% approval rate, 35% denial rate and 18% of her cases are [Read More]

Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act. President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act during the midst of the great depression in 1935. The act initially only covered a limited number of workers in commerce and industry and provided only retirement benefits. Subsequently, it was expanded to provide additional retirement [Read More]

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premiere trial lawyers from across the country who exemplifies superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or civil defense trial lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers top 40 under 40 is a division composed of America’s top young trial attorneys. The National Trial Lawyers 40 under 40 [Read More]

Danny is a rising junior at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH. Danny is also a lead attorney on Souhegan’s mock trial team and is active in local politics. Danny is hoping to attend law school and practice law or become a political campaign manager.

Effective July 1, 2014, the maximum New Hampshire compensation rate under the New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation law will increase from $1,333 to $1,404. In order for an injured worker to receive the maximum benefit, the employer must have an average weekly wage that is determined by RSA 281-A:15 in the amount of $2,340 or more. [Read More]

  The New Hampshire legislature recently created a special fund to provide additional benefits to police and fire fighters who are injured on the job and suffer a permanent impairment as a result of their work injury. Please contact Patch & FitzGerald for more information regarding this special fund to compensate police and fire fighters injured [Read More]

Elaine Murphy-Maltasis was recently named Director of the Workers’ Compensation division at the New Hampshire Department of Labor. Mrs. Murphy-Maltasis previously served as a hearing officer at the New Hampshire Department of Labor.

Governor Maggie Hassan has recently announced the creation of a task force to make recommendations to reform the New Hampshire workers’ compensation system. This was done after a study by the New Hampshire Insurance Department showed that New Hampshire has some of the highest medical costs in the nation for workers’ compensation claims. The task force [Read More]

It was recently announced that Kathryn Barger has been named Deputy Labor Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Labor. Ms. Barger previously held the position of Director of Workers’ Compensation Division.

Attorney John L. Ward will be presenting on workers’ compensation law at the 9th annual UNH alumni CLE day on June 6, 2014. This is an all-day opportunity to earn New Hampshire CLE credits before the June 30, 2014 deadline.

Serious work-related injuries will frequently enable the worker to also qualify for Social Security disability benefits. This is especially true when the worker has other health conditions that limit his/her ability to work. When you reach the point where you are able to settle the workers’ compensation claim, beware of the Social Security Disability Benefits [Read More]

Attorney John L. Ward of the Patch & FitzGerald Law Firm was recently selected by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the top ten personal injury attorneys under 40 in New Hampshire. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys uses a rigorous and thorough selection process to determine the top personal [Read More]

Whether you are an experienced rider or considering purchasing your first motorcycle, educating yourself about motorcycle safety is a must. Generally speaking, motorcycles are significantly more dangerous then passenger cars and light trucks. Consider the following statistics; • According to the Federal Department of Transportation, motorcycle operators are involved in deadly accidents 35x more than [Read More]

On March 26, 2014, Attorney John L. Ward of Patch & FitzGerald law firm spent the day at the Littleton High School career fair. At the career fair, Attorney Ward talked with students from 6th grade to 11th grade regarding the legal profession, some of its challenges and the benefits of becoming a lawyer. Attorney [Read More]

NEWS RELEASE – – – NEWS RELEASE Date: March 19, 2014 Contact: Attorney John L. Ward Patch & FitzGerald, P.A. 25 Bay Street Manchester, NH 03104 (603) 647-2600 jward@patchfitz.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ATTORNEY JOHN L. WARD ELECTED VICE-PRESIDENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE BAR ASSOCIATIONS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW SECTION Attorney John L. Ward of the Patch & [Read More]

2014 Social Security Changes

Published February 24th, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you are injured in an automobile accident or slip and fall, it is critical that you take pictures of your injuries and your vehicle. Many times injury victims forget to take pictures of their injuries which heal over time and this puts them at a disadvantage in their case, as they are unable to [Read More]

In the winter New Hampshire roads can be covered with snow and ice. When this happens, there is a dramatic increase in winter related automobile accidents. The question may be, if you sustain a personal injury, do you have a case? Just because you get into an auto accident does not mean you automatically have [Read More]

Effective 10/30/13 Policy Ruling regarding Evaluating Cases Involving RSD and CRPS Future release, Police Ruling regarding evaluating cases involving Drug Addiction and Alcoholism SOCIAL SECURITY RULINGS Chart (most frequently used)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PATCH & FITZGERALD OPENS NORTH COUNTRY OFFICE Manchester- Patch & FitzGerald, PA, a statewide law practice headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, has announced the opening of a North Country satellite office in Littleton, NH. The law firm established in 1997 concentrates on workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury cases. The [Read More]

Date: March 5, 2013 Contact: Attorney John L. Ward Patch & FitzGerald, P.A. 25 Bay Street Manchester, NH 03104 (603) 647-2600 jward@patchfitz.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ATTORNEY JOHN L. WARD ELECTED TO SERVE ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE BAR ASSOCIATIONS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW SECTION Attorney John L. Ward of Patch & FitzGerald was recently elected as Clerk [Read More]

House Bill 0546 requires a 10-day notice for an independent medical examination. Additionally, the notice of independent medical examination must include a statement that “This medical examination is at the request of either the employer or insurance carrier. The examination is not for the purpose of treatment or advice about treatment for a medical opinion [Read More]

RE: Mileage Rates

Published January 9th, 2014 in Personal Injury

Pursuant to RSA 281-A:23 (medical, hospital and remedial care) all claimants are entitled to mileage to and from mileage for their appointments. This mileage rate changes on a yearly basis. As of January 1, 2014, the mileage rate is being decreased from $.56.55 to$.56 for all miles incurred.

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