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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]

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]

  Patch, FitzGerald & Ward is proud to announce that the New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of our client regarding attorney fees. December 13, 2016 opinion in the matter of Appeal of Katherien Streeter.  Attorney John FitzGerald, III and Attorney Dana Smith on the brief. The petitioner, Katherine Streeter, appeals an order [Read More]

Patch, FitzGerald & Ward, P.A. is pleased to announce Attorney John L. Ward has once again been recognized by his peers for inclusion in the New England edition of the Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication listing the most accomplished attorneys in each state. Each year, the magazine compiles a list of roughly five percent of [Read More]

Parenting Plans

Published November 15th, 2016 in Blog Post

PARENTING PLANNED By Dana K. Smith, Esq. A big part of being an attorney is that everyone, from your neighbor, to Uncle Jim, to the cable guy, has a question or scenario they want to run by for your legal advice. Most of the time, I can certainly understand where these questions are coming from. [Read More]

IMPORTANCE OF PARENTING PLANS IN DIVORCE AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS According to the New Hampshire Law regarding parental rights and responsibilities, specifically section 461-A: 2, children are considered tohave proper development when both parents are present during their childhood. The state has therefore put in place measures to ensure children always have access to both parents [Read More]

Every year, almost 5 million people are bitten by dogs….and most of those bitten are children, followed by senior citizens. Preventing dog bites is everyone’s responsibility, and simple measures can be very effective. Be aware of the fact that any dog can bite. From the smallest to the largest, even the friendliest, cute and easy-going [Read More]

New Hampshire Workers’ Comp Covers All Employees. It doesn’t matter whose fault the injury was. In most cases, employees can get workers’ comp, including part-time, temporary, and immigrant workers. Undocumented workers are eligible for most types of workers’ compensation benefits, including payment of medical bills. Injured Workers’ Benefits: New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation law is designed [Read More]

Hispanic and Latinos are much more likely to be fatally injured on the job. Personal Injury Attorney services are needed in the Spanish Speaking community. Their families are in need of the legal support of attorneys wHispanic and Latinos are much more likely to be fatally injured on the job, but are less likely to [Read More]

Custody cases are a common phenomenon in the modern day courtrooms with failed marriages being a major contributing factor. The families of the involved parties are often affected by these incidences with children being the most affected. The effects can range from psychological change to changes in academic performance which is often portrayed by children [Read More]

5 WAYS TO APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME pays benefits based on financial need. Here are 5 ways to apply for Social Security [Read More]

The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently ruled that family members of injured workers’ are entitled to reimbursement for home care health care that they provide for their relative.  The Court found that the definition of health care provider did not exclude family members and that this service was reimbursable pursuant to the New Hampshire Workers’ [Read More]

On February 26, 2016 the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued a decision in the Appeal of Raymond Cover which states that part time employees are eligible for reinstatement pursuant to RSA 281-A:25-a. The Supreme Court found that part-time employees have a right of reinstatement pursuant to RSA 281-A:25-a and that Lab 504.05 (b)(3) impermissibly modifies [Read More]

Patch, FitzGerald and Ward are pleased to announce that Lori Jusczak, nurse paralegal, was recently named to the school board for the Making Community Connections Charter School. Lori also serves on the Academic Excellence and Development Committee at the school. Congratulations Lori!

Mileage reimbursement payable under RSA 281-A:23-Medical, Hospital & Remedial Care has been decreased from 57.5 cents to 54 cents for all miles incurred on or after January 1, 2016.

The Law firm of Patch & FitzGerald is pleased to announce that Attorney John L. Ward has been named a partner. The firm will now change its name to Patch, FitzGerald & Ward. Attorney Ward is currently a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, New Hampshire Association for Justice and the National Organization of [Read More]

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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