Knowledgeable Manchester Attorney Works to Secure Fair Compensation for the Injured
Dedicated New Hampshire lawyer litigates many types of personal injury cases
At Joseph Kelly Levasseur, Esquire in Manchester, I represent clients throughout New Hampshire in a wide range of personal injury matters and strongly advocate for victims’ rights. With 22 years of experience, I am extremely effective at obtaining positive results through negotiation and at trial, including in cases involving catastrophic injury. Whether you were rear-ended by a semi-truck driver, slipped on ice or lost a family member in a car accident, I will make every legal effort to fight for your interests.
What should you do if you are involved in an auto accident?
Auto accidents can trigger shock and disorientation, but immediately gathering information at the crash site can greatly support any claim for recovery. Assuming you do not require serious medical attention, you should:
- Photograph and video the accident scene
- Record the names and contact details of others at the scene, including witnesses
- Write down your recollection of the accident as soon as possible
- Obtain copies of all police reports
Even if you think you are partially at fault, you still might be able to recover damages if the other party was more responsible than you for the accident. It is imperative to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. I will outline your legal options and carefully assess the merits of your personal injury claim.
What kinds of compensation can you be awarded in a wrongful death claim?
Compensation for losing a loved one, while never adequate, can alleviate financial strain and provide some measure of comfort after their passing. Anyone with an interest in a deceased’s estate is permitted to pursue a wrongful death claim in New Hampshire. Damages that may be awarded in these claims include:
- Medical bills incurred and pain and suffering experienced by the victim prior to death
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Income and benefits the decedent would have provided throughout their lifetime
- Loss of comfort and companionship that would have been provided by the victim
- Punitive damages in extreme cases
I understand how overwhelming and emotional these cases can be and will work to secure a fair resolution.
How do you prove fault for a slip and fall injury?
Injuries from slipping and falling, especially on hard or elevated surfaces, can be severe. In order to collect damages from the property owner, you must show one of the following:
- The defendant created, knew of, or should have known of the hazard that caused the fall
- Reasonable efforts weren’t made to correct or warn others of the dangerous condition
- The dangerous condition that existed due to the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of your injury
I know how to gather and present the evidence needed to demonstrate liability.
When is an owner responsible for a dog bite?
Dog owners have a legal duty to keep others safe, and under New Hampshire’s strict liability standard, an owner is at fault if the animal bites and causes injury, even if the dog had no history of aggression. Beyond basic compensation for medical bills and lost wages, bite victims often suffer emotional and psychological harm, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, so speaking with an experienced attorney is critical to understand what type of damages can be collected.
Why do truck accidents occur?
Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, accidents often involve severe or fatal injuries. Commercial vehicles are extensively regulated to reduce this danger, but collisions cannot be eliminated. Some of the most common reasons these accidents happen include:
- Stopping short
- Wide turns into oncoming traffic
- Failure to stop
- Loss of control
I know the tactics insurance companies use in these cases to reduce their exposure and will not settle for less than you deserve.
Contact an experienced New Hampshire law firm to schedule a free initial consultation
At Joseph Kelly Levasseur, Esquire, I represent clients throughout New Hampshire in personal injury cases. Call (603) 622-7575 or contact me online today to schedule a free consultation at my Manchester office.