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In New Hampshire, accidents happen every day. Some are severe, even fatal. The fatality rate of persons killed by motor vehicle accidents in NH remains steady year after year. These numbers could rise with the mass amount of smart phone usage and texting while driving increases. If you are looking at filing a legal claim or lawsuit due to injuries sustained through the negligence of others, you are probably wondering what your injury case may be worth. There are a lot of factors that will decide the dollar amount, however you must first determine if there is enough evidence to prove negligence, if the injuries are causally related  and severe enough to provide for a monetary recovery or settlement. injury claim

In the end, it boils down to the damages sustained. You have to determine what your injuries cost you physically, mentally and monetarily. When it comes to personal injury cases, the company or the individual who is responsible for the accident can be held liable and ordered to pay monetary compensation to the injured party. Damage awards can be determined by a negotiated settlement between the attorneys, insurance company and the parties involved, or a jury and judge can decide at trial.

Don’t Sign Anything Until First Speaking With an Experienced NH Injury Attorney

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Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise in recent years. As a result, lawmakers have introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014. States must comply within the next two years with their plans to resolve these problems by implementing a diversity of safety measures. Funding is also being provided to support these initiatives. Pedestrian Fatality, NH

Though each state has released their numbers, they will vary from state to state. As with the federal data for the state of New Hampshire, here’s the current statistics as of 2010.

Rank                                        44

Total Pedestrians Killed          9

Pedestrian Fatality Rate          0.68

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In 2013, the punishments for driving while intoxicated – DWI – or driving under the influence – DUI – in New Hampshire were significantly increased by the NH Legislature.  Now all convicted drivers have a shorter time in which they must attend an approved Impaired Driver Care Management Program – or IDCMP.  IDCMP

The purpose of the IDCMP is alcohol and drug education and treatment.  Drivers are evaluated to determine if substance abuse problems exist or are likely to develop.  Convicted DUI offenders must attend 20 hours of alcohol and other drug education classes.  Counselors determine whether aftercare treatment is needed and outline a treatment plan that must be followed before any driving privileges are restored.

If you have been convicted of a first offense DUI in New Hampshire, you have 14 days to complete an intake and screening at an approved IDCMP center in order to be eligible to receive a reduction in your license revocation.

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The family-owned law firm of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is growing with the addition of its newest attorney, Annmarie A. Tenn.  Tenn joins her siblings in one of the area’s top-ranked law firms and focuses her practice on business disputes, personal injury, and marital cases. Annmarie Tenn

Tenn And Tenn, P.A. has long been a family law firm  comprised of three attorneys – James Tenn, Jr., John Tenn, and Mary Elizabeth Tenn. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our family business,” said John Tenn, who is one of the firm’s founders. “We work hard to serve our clients and to help them achieve great results. Annmarie continues those efforts.”

Tenn is quick to emphasize that Annmarie joins the firm with top-notch experience. Annmarie graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003, where she served as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.  She  served as a law clerk to the former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Annmarie also spent the better part of a decade working her way to a senior position in the litigation department of Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, a premier national law firm.

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On Wednesday January 29, 2013, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 496 which would allow first-time DWI offenders to drive for limited purposes, so long as an ignition interlock device is installed in their vehicle to test their blood alcohol content.ignition interlock

The Bill’s sponsor, House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook, was named a “legislative champion” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his work on the legislation.  The idea behind the Bill is to let those convicted of DWI keep their license so they can drive to work, to their required alcohol and drug treatment, and can continue to care for their family.

Currently, anyone convicted of aggravated DWI or a subsequent DWI offense, must install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, after the period of license suspension has been served.  This also applies to anyone who is younger than 21.  Judges can order the interlock device to remain in the car for 12-24 months after suspension.

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and you want to get together with some of your friends to watch the game – and the commercials. You make the wings, someone’s bringing pizza, and you have plenty of ice cold beer in the fridge. You’re all having a great time. But at halftime you decide to go home. Superbowl Sunday

STOP!

You’ve been drinking. You have been together for a few hours with friends and you’ve lost track of how much you’ve had to drink, but you know it’s more than one. Depending on your size and how much food you’ve eaten, by halftime you could be well over the legal limit in New Hampshire.  And if you venture out on the roads, you’re setting yourself up to be pulled over, cuffed, and instead of seeing how the game ends, seeing what the inside of a jail cell looks like. On Super Bowl Sunday the police will be out in force looking for impaired drivers.

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Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is pleased to announce that three of its senior trial lawyers, James, John and Mary Tenn, have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America. One of the lawyers, John Tenn, has been recognized for his work in Personal Injury Litigation. John’s personal injury practice is diverse. His cases cover a wide range of personal injuries including automobile collisions, slip and falls, product liability, and toxic torts. But he is most passionate about the injured motorcyclists he represents.

NH Best LawyersInjury Attorney John Tenn started riding motorcycles in the 1980’s when he was in high school. His friends remember him as a young man fascinated by motorcycles. With the world renowned Laconia Motorcycle Rally just 30 minutes away from his home town, John would attend the Rally each year. This year (2014) will mark John’s 30th consecutive Rally. John’s enthusiasm for motorcycles, the motorcycle community and motorcycle law, continues to this day.

After graduating from law school, John began his legal career as a personal injury lawyer in NH. Now in his twenty second year as a trial attorney, John represents injured parties against insurance companies. John’s focus continues on representing injured motorists and bikers.

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Unsafe appliances produce an extremely poisonous gas called carbon monoxide. This highly toxic substance is produced by the incomplete burning of gas and other petroleum products. It usually occurs when a gas appliance has been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained. It may also transpire if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked. You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it, but the worst part is that it can cause serious long term health problems such as brain damage or death with little warning.

Its symptoms are similar to flu, food poisoning, viral infections and fatigue. Listed below are the seven main symptoms that indicate carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Headaches
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Three NH lawyers selected for 2014 Best Lawyers in America.

bestlawyersgI_134658_blf-badge-2014Tenn And Tenn is honored that three of its senior lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is a boutique New Hampshire litigation firm handling personal injury, family law and criminal defense/DWI matters. Attorneys James Tenn, John Tenn, and Mary Tenn – senior trial lawyers — have again been selected by their peers for inclusion in the upcoming edition of Best Lawyers in America.

“We are proud to be recognized by our peers for delivering top-notch legal services to our clients,” said John Tenn, a 2014 Best Lawyer selection and the Firm’s managing partner. The lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have been recognized in New Hampshire in the areas of Family Law, Family Law Mediation and Personal Injury Litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Individual lawyers from the Firm receiving awards included:

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NH Supreme Court Upholds Negligent Homicide in Cellphone case.

 If you are not convinced that talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous, consider this recent ruling by NH Highest Court.  On Friday, February 8, 2013, the Court ruled unanimously to uphold the conviction of Lynne Dion in the 2009 death of pedestrian Genny Bassett.  Although talking on a cell phone while driving is not illegal in New Hampshire, by its ruling, the Supreme Court says doing so can be used to convict a driver of criminal negligent homicide.

According to the Court Opinion, the collision occurred a little after 9 p.m. on June 28, 2009.  Genny Bassett was walking her close friend, Elsa Gonnella home, after an evening of playing cards and watching movies. The two women were crossing a bridge in Franklin and had almost reached the sidewalk when they were struck by Dion’s car.  Dion said she never saw the women in the newly painted, well-lit crosswalk. Dion braked when she heard a loud “pop” and felt glass coming into her car. Her vehicle had hit Bassett’s right leg and Bassett’s head hit the passenger side of the windshield, fracturing her skull and causing a fatal head injury.cellphones