Personal Injury Attorneys in Concord
Committed to Protecting the People in Our Community
Upton & Hatfield, LLP in Concord is known among our clients and our peers as a personal injury team with as much compassion as we have experience. Given that our law firm was founded in 1908, this is saying something about how much we genuinely care about helping our clients. We see everyone who comes to our firm as a friend and neighbor in need, not a case number or a chance to earn a paycheck. This intentional approach to casework has steered us to countless victories across the decades. Let us see if it can make all the difference for your personal injury case, too.
We can work on a variety of personal injury claims and lawsuits, such as:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Brain injuries
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful deaths
- And more
Want to work with our Concord injury lawyers? Dial (603) 716-9777 now.
On This Page:
- Do You Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim?
- How Much To Ask for In a Settlement
- How Settlements Are Paid Out
- How Long It Takes to Settle an Injury Lawsuit
- Why You Should Hire a Lawyer
In order to determine whether or not you have grounds for filing a personal injury claim, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did the responsible party owe you a "duty of care"? - In other words, was there a reasonable expectation that they should have acted in a manner that prevented another person's injury?
- Did the responsible party breach that duty of care? - For example, if a driver was speeding, they can be considered to have breached the duty of care by violating the posted speed limit.
- Did you incur damages as a result of that breach? - In order to claim personal injury damages, you must be able to prove that the injuries you suffered were a result of that other individual's behavior.
If you aren't sure whether or not you have grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim, you can reach out to our legal team today and discuss your case in a free initial consultation.
A question that we hear often from our clients is how much they should ask for when accepting a settlement, so it is worth exploring here. The answer is that you should ask for as much as you deserve based on your injuries and damages. There is no default dollar amount that makes a settlement worth accepting because every claim has a unique value.
Damages that add to the value of your claim include:
- Medical treatments
- Property damage
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
- Scarring and disfigurement
We can carefully calculate your claim’s damages by evaluating all of the ways that your life and finances have been impacted by the accident that the defendant caused. We will also want to research to see if the defendant has more than one insurance policy that we can file against, which could improve your chances of getting full compensation before hitting an insurance policy cap. Only through this thorough process can you then be sure that you are asking for the right amount in a settlement.
A personal injury settlement is usually paid in one of two ways:
- Lump-sum: If your settlement is a paid as a lump-sum settlement, then you will be paid the full amount at once.
- Monthly: When a lump-sum settlement is not offered or possible due to the defendant’s financial restrictions, the money will instead be paid in monthly increments, usually spaced out over two or so years, depending on how much is owed.
Keep in mind that any amount of compensation you receive might first be reduced by the payments of miscellaneous costs and debts owed. For example, if your injuries were treated through a medical lien, then the physician that agreed to the lien will need to be reimbursed first.
No one wants to wait forever to get the compensation that they need after being in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Yet it could be a bit of time before your case can reach a settlement. The average settlement time is difficult to estimate because all cases are different, but, in an ideal situation that involves no serious pushback from an insurance company, you could expect to see a settlement within four or six months of your accident.
On the contrary, if your claim is hotly contested and it has to go to court for litigation, then the timeline to close it will be much longer. It is not unusual for personal injury lawsuits to take one or two years to end. One of our promises to you when you are our client is that we will do all we can to ensure your case runs as smoothly as it can and with as few delays as possible.
Why should you hire our Concord personal injury attorneys from Upton & Hatfield, LLP when you could handle your injury claim on your own? We think our experience is simply too impressive to pass up. When you let us manage your case, all of our experience effectively becomes yours. There will be no complicated legal questions thanks to our knowledge, and there shouldn’t be any insurance company tricks thanks to our reputation. All in all, when you hire our Concord personal injury lawyers, you give yourself the opportunity to pursue compensation while simultaneously resting and focusing on your health and family.
Learn about our client-focused solutions today during an initial consultation with our Concord injury attorneys.
Concord Personal Injury FAQ
How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire has a standard three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. This statute of limitations can be shorter or longer in uncommon situations, though. It will usually begin on the date of the injury in question, but, again, the starting date can be later in rare circumstances. Once the statute of limitations ends, the court will reject any claim you then attempt to file against the party that hurt you. It is crucial that you take legal action sooner than later to avoid an expired statute of limitations.
Can I file a personal injury claim if I am partially responsible for the accident?
In New Hampshire, you can file a personal injury claim against a defendant if you are partially responsible for the accident that hurt you, but not if you are mostly responsible for it. Under this rule, you can’t make a recovery against a defendant if you are found to be more than 51% liable. Furthermore, any recovery that you make will be reduced by your liability percentage. For example, if you are 20% liable, then your final recovery amount will be reduced by 20%.
Will I go to trial for a personal injury lawsuit?
Your personal injury lawsuit could eventually go to trial for a resolution before the court. However, insurance companies don’t like going to trial because it is expensive, time-consuming, and can hurt their public reputation. For this reason, most insurance companies and defendants will try to negotiate a settlement if it looks like the claimant’s case is legitimate. Historically, most valid personal injury claims settle and don’t go to trial. Yet there is never a guarantee that a trial can be avoided because every case is unique.
Can I represent myself in a personal injury claim?
You have the right to represent yourself and go to court without a lawyer in New Hampshire, including in personal injury cases. Representing yourself is never recommended, though. Your case will be stronger if it is built by a legal professional who understands liability law, knows legal procedures, and can deal with the opposing side with experience and confidence. Just as you would hire a mechanic to work on your car because they are trained to do that work, you should hire a lawyer to work on your personal injury case.
What do I do if I am contacted by an insurance company or investigator?
You should never give a recorded statement to an insurance company representative or investigator working with the opposing side. If they contact you, then you should immediately inform them that they should call your attorney’s law office instead. You have the right to authorize your attorney to act on your behalf, which includes fielding calls from insurers and investigators. By doing so, you can avoid misspeaking and hurting your case, which is exactly what those inquiring parties want you to do.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
You can always afford to hire a personal injury lawyer from Upton & Hatfield, LLP because we offer contingency fees. A contingency fee agreement means that we aren’t owed any attorney fees unless we win your case, such as through securing a settlement or award in your favor. Furthermore, the contingency fee amount that we are paid will be equal to an agreed-upon percentage of any financial compensation that you receive. This guarantees that our attorney fees will not exceed what you can afford.
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