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In New Hampshire, you can be arrested for a DUI if you have a blood Alcohol Level of .08% or higher for anyone at the of 21 or older. If you are under the age of 21 you can get a DUI with a Blood Alcohol Level of .02% or higher and if you are [Read More]

NOTICE: The maximum weekly compensation rate under the New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Law will increase from one thousand five hundred seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,507.50) to one thousand five hundred thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,537.50) effective July 1, 2017.  In order for an injured employee to receive the maximum benefit, the employee must [Read More]

In some Divorce cases one spouse could potentially be awarded what is called “Alimony.” Alimony is the payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse.  The Alimony could be given in a lump sum or on a month to month basis. Alimony is paid to what is called the “dependent” spouse by the “supporting” [Read More]

Construction workers build our roads, houses, and repair and maintain our nation’s physical infrastructure. This work includes many hazardous tasks and conditions. Construction workers incur the most fatal injuries of any industry in the private sector. Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in the United States. While the construction industry provides employment to [Read More]


The following is a list of the ten most common workplace injuries: Overexertion – This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics. Fall on Same Level Surfaces – This pertains to falls on wet and slippery [Read More]

“Dance Like No One is Watching; Email Like It May One Day Be Read Aloud in a Deposition.” Quoting Olivia Nuzzi, political reporter for The Daily Beast.  The same goes for your posts and pictures on social media as they can end up in court. Modern life is so infused with social channels that it can [Read More]

John B. FitzGerald, III has been appointed as a Founding Board Member of Kids Chance of New Hampshire. Educating Children of Injured Workers in New Hampshire. Planning for the future never starts too early. Financial hardship often results from the death or serious injury of a parent due to a workplace accident, making it difficult [Read More]

  Come join us to benefit the Manchester City Library Foundation and to celebrate national library week! John L. Ward is a foundation director of The Manchester City Library Foundation which is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplemental support to the Manchester City Library. The Foundation reinforces the need for continued and increased [Read More]

JOHN L. WARD PRESENTS AT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLE John L. Ward was recently a speaker at the Traps for the Unwary: Workers’ Compensation webinar https://www.nhbar.org/NHBACLE/ which was held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and filmed at the New Hampshire Bar Center. The seminar focused the nuts and bolts of a Workers’ Compensation practice in New [Read More]

IF I AM HURT IN A CAR ACCIDENT CAN MY SPOUSE MAKE A CLAIM? New Hampshire recognizes a type of personal injury claim known as a loss of consortium. Loss of consortium is a cause of action that is available to the spouse of a person injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of [Read More]

If you’re a tenant, what do you do when you’re having serious concerns about your apartment such as the heat not reaching a certain level? Sure, you could try contacting the landlord or the property management company to address your issue. But what if they don’t respond? Or what if they don’t repair it correctly? [Read More]

What do I need to do if I get injured? The gathering of documentary evidence at the early stage of the case is very important.  A personal injury case can take several years to resolve and as time goes by memories get hazy and document are lost. Don’t delay, get organized right off the bat! [Read More]

Effective January 1, 2017 the standard mileage reimbursement rate for transportation expenses as set by the IRS will be reduced to 53.5 cents per mile. This changes the mileage reimbursement rate payable under RSA 281-A:23, Medical, Hospital & Remedial Care. This rate should be used by workers’ compensation carriers for reimbursement for eligible workers’ compensation [Read More]

As medical providers move toward the practice of maintaining electronic medical records, it is important to keep a few things in mind during this transition.  Unfortunately, not all providers have the same level of proficiency with technology and this can create some problems with the accuracy of your records.  During an average visit with your [Read More]

I get questions all the time from tenants about the return of their security deposit and whether the landlord can deduct a certain amount for repairs. Frequently, the landlord will attempt to keep portions of their deposit to repair conditions that may have existed prior to the tenant moving in. This post will hopefully provide [Read More]

On January 13, 2017, the law firm of Patch, FitzGerald & Ward volunteered at the New Hampshire Food Bank. The attorneys and staff organized and sorted 3,716 pounds of frozen goods into 116 cases which will be distributed throughout the State of New Hampshire. The Food Bank estimated that this work will produce 3,096 meals [Read More]

Did you know that in the State of New Hampshire you do not need to carry auto insurance? A study in 2012 found that 9.3 percent of New Hampshire residents do not carry insurance. I have seen this too frequently in my practice  as many of my clients are hit by somebody who does not [Read More]

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