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John B. FitzGerald, III of the Patch & FitzGerald Law Firm was recently a speaker at the Regional (practicing in MA, NH, RI and in between) Workers’ Compensation Conference held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Attorney FitzGerald along with several other attorneys throughout New England was asked to speak regarding border wars and how [Read More]

The law firm of Patch & FitzGerald is pleased to announce Attorney John L. Ward has been elected by his peers for inclusion in the New England addition of the Super Lawyers magazine, a publication listing the most accomplished attorneys in each state. Roughly 5% of attorneys from each state in the US, Super Lawyers [Read More]

Attorney John B. FitzGerald was recently named as President of the Serenity Place Board of Directors. Attorney FitzGerald has a long history of service to Serenity Place and this is his second time serving as President of the Board. Serenity Place has been providing critical substance abuse disorder assistance for adult men and women for [Read More]

On March 20, 2015 SSA published the final rules on the submission of evidence including adverse evidence, in disability claims. The new rules went into effect on April 20, 2015. The regulations require claimant’s to submit all evidence known that relates to the claim to the Social Security Administration, with two exceptions: Material subject to [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. 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 is [Read More]

The maximum weekly compensation rate under the New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Law will increase from $1,404.00 to $1,468.50 effective July 1, 2015. The minimum weekly compensation rate under the New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Law will increase from $280.80 to $293.70 effective July 1, 2015. These changes are in accordance with RSA 281-A:28. The increases are [Read More]

Attorney John L. Ward of the Patch & FitzGerald Law Firm was recently quoted in the March 2015, issue of New Hampshire Magazine. The author, State Senator Jeff Woodburn wrote an article titled The Complicated Process of Claiming Disability where he reviews the claims process and speaks with several attorneys involved with the process regarding [Read More]

Legislation known as senate bill three is working its way through the legislative process related to the reasonable value of services for medical service for workers’ compensation providers. The bill as introduced would reduce payment for medical services necessary for treatment of injured workers to 150% of the Medicare rate until July 1, 2016. Thereafter, [Read More]

ATTORNEY JOHN L. WARD ELECTED CHAIR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S BAR ASSOCIATION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW SECTION Attorney John L. Ward of Patch & FitzGerald, PA was recently selected as chair of the New Hampshire’s bar association’s workers’ compensation law section for the 2015-2016 term.  Attorney Ward concentrates on personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability [Read More]

It is important for injured workers to understand that workers’ compensation carriers have 30 days to either accept or deny medical bills. It is important that injured workers get the medical treatment that they need to recover from their injuries and get the treatment that they are entitled to under the law. Please don’t hesitate [Read More]

Attorney Ward of the Patch & FitzGerald law firm was recently named for the Board of Directors of the Manchester City Library Foundation. The Manchester City Library Foundation is a private, non-profit cooperation committed to providing supplemental support to the Manchester City Library. The foundation reinforces the need for continued and increased public support for [Read More]

Mileage reimbursement payable under RSA 281-A:23 Medical, Hospital & Remedial Care has been increased from 56¢ to 57.5¢ for all miles incurred on or after January 1, 2015.

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security (SSI income) benefits from nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration recently announced. The 1.7% cost of living adjustment will begin with benefits that more than 58 million social security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI [Read More]

Carolyn W. Calvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, recently announced that the agency will resume the periodic mailing of social security statements.(once every 5 years for most workers/ encourage everyone to create a secure my social security account to immediately access their online statement, anytime.) This statement is a valuable financial planning tool to provide [Read More]

It has been announced that CJ Stone has been named Director of the Workers’ Compensation Division of the New Hampshire Department of Labor. Director Stone has previously held various positions at the New Hampshire Department of Labor prior to her becoming Director. Patch & FitzGerald wishes Ms. Stone success in this new endeavor.

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