New Hampshire, like every other state, has unique personal injury laws. While these laws are similar, in most respects, to the personal injury laws in other states, you will need to work with an attorney who has experience with the law in New Hampshire. The most common personal injury cases that personal injury attorneys in New Hampshire see are medical malpractice, defective products, nursing home negligence and abuse, and motor vehicle accidents.
If you were injured in New Hampshire you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Permanent disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Other expenses that were a direct result of your injury
Comparative negligence allows you to claim compensation even if you were partially responsible for you accident or injuries. New Hampshire follows the doctrine of "modified comparative negligence," which means you can be eligible for compensation as long as less than half of the blame falls on you.
Joint and several liability
When multiple parties have caused your injuries, New Hampshire uses a combination of joint and several liability to determine who must pay. Parties who are less than 50% responsible will be held liable for their share, and only their share. A party who is more than 50% to blame for you injuries can be held liable for the entire amount. You can collect from that party is the other party or parties fail to pay, and then the party who paid you can seek reimbursement from the other parties.
Statute of limitations
Each state has time limits on filing a personal injury claim called the statute of limitations. In New Hampshire, the statute of limitations is three years for most types of personal injury. If you are suing a ski area, you may only have two years to file. In defective product cases, the time limit may be up to six years if there was a legal duty imposed on the manufacturer.
If you live in New Hampshire and feel you may have a personal injury claim on your hands, please contact an experienced New Hampshire attorney in your area today.