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Good representation is the key to making sure your rights are protected. If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury as a result of another person's or company's negligence, you should contact a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you get representation, the better your chances of a successful outcome in your case. It is not difficult to get an initial consultation on the phone or in person. You can outline the facts of your case with an attorney, who will then decide if you have a promising case. An attorney will even come to your hospital room or home if you are incapacitated.

A personal injury is defined as an injury to the emotions, mind, or body, juxtaposed to an injury to a piece of property. It usually is referred to a lawsuit that involves a plaintiff has been injured due to another person's carelessness. There are many different types of personal injuries, including tripping accidents, assault claims, dog bites, accidents at work, accidents in the home, holiday accidents, medical and dental accidents, and defective product accidents. A personal injury is not only accidental in nature, it may be an industrial disease case, as well. These include occupational stress, contact dermititis, mesothelioma and asbestosis, chest diseases, vibration white fingers, and repetitive strain injuries.

Personal injury cases, like all lawsuits, can vary in size and scope. Product liability or asbestos exposure cases are much more complicated and costly than a typical auto accident case. New Hampshire law requires that the plaintiff prove that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care, and thus is guilty of negligence. Your attorney must establish that this person had a duty and failed to uphold their duty in your particular situation. You must also have suffered damages directly related to the accident.

If you are less than 51% responsible for your accident, you can still collect, but if you are 51% or more responsible you cannot sue. This system is called modified comparative fault. Your personal injury lawyer can sue on your behalf for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of future earnings and any other expenses directly resulting from the injury.

A personal injury lawyer is also the professional you need if you are suing for loss of income or loss of consortium in a wrongful death case. A wrongful death is one that occurred due to the liability or negligence of another person, a company, or a third party, such as the manufacturer of faulty equipment that was utilized on a job site. Those eligible for compensation from wages lost as a result of the death include spouses, domestic partners, children, and other relatives, or anyone who was supported by the deceased's income.

An example of a recent personal injury case in New Hampshire involves a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital by a widow of a man who died at the hospital. He had his gall bladder removed at the hospital, where they failed to see that his oxygen tank was empty, later on resulting in his death.

A plaintiff in a personal injury or wrongful death case will often need expert witnesses, and your attorney will be able to locate those. If you do not have the funds up front to finance your case, your attorney can find doctors and witnesses that will wait for payment. Your lawyer may pay for some of these costs out of pocket and charge you at the end of your case. Additionally, most attorneys will take your case on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not be expected to pay for anything until you win your case. New Hampshire caps the fees your attorney can receive at $200,000 any more must be approved by the court.


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