Personal Injury Law

Experienced personal injury lawyers at the Coolidge Law FirmInsurance companies and large corporations may seem intimidating to you and rarely offer fair settlements when you have been in an accident or were injured. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience to reach satisfactory outcomes for clients in Dover NH, Portsmouth NH, Rochester NH, Somersworth NH, Farmington NH, Sanford ME, Berwick ME, York ME and throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

If you have been injured in an accident, then we can help. Years of experience in negotiations and jury trials will get you results. Call (603) 692-4282 for a free evaluation of your case.

Call right away

The sooner you call, the clearer the details of the accident will be in your mind. The sooner you get representation in place and have good advice before you speak to the insurance adjuster, the better for you. Having a lawyer on board early takes the burden off of you. You won’t have to worry about dealing with the adjuster or other details of the case, and you can concentrate on getting well.

The Coolidge Law Firm fights for fair compensation in your personal injury case
  • Slip and Fall accidents
    • Unsafe property conditions may have caused you pain and suffering, you may have missed work or have medical expenses. We will push hard to hold property owners accountable.
  • Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
    • We are familiar with the way insurance companies process claims so we can maximize settlements for the injured.
  • Product liability
    • We have won cases of injury claims due to faulty products against major manufacturers, thus enhancing the safety of sports equipment and firearms.
  • Medical malpractice
    • Errors in diagnosis, surgery, or medication, negligent care or other medical malpractice are often a difficult area to prove. If we think you have a case, we won’t hesitate to file suit against doctors or hospitals, engage expert witnesses and do whatever it takes to get you fair compensation. Call us and schedule an interview so we have a better sense of your injury and your claim.

 

The Coolidge Law Firm also handles social security benefit claims, workers’ compensation claims, as well as cases in areas of family law, probate and estate law, bankruptcy law and more.

Workers’ Compensation

Receive the benefits you are entitled to

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment. We will fight for fair compensation for you. Located in Somersworth and Farmington, we will handle cases throughout NH and Maine, including Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester, Concord, Manchester, Exeter, as well as York, Sanford, Kennebunk, and Portland, ME.

Work-related accidents or illnesses due to exposure to hazardous substances can entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits. You should contact us as early as possible so we can assist you with your claim most effectively. We have the knowledge to deal with insurances and are happy to answer your questions. Call us at (603) 692-4282

Workers' compensation - Peter Mathieu and Dick KransWorkers’ compensation benefits

Benefits may include
– lost wage benefits
– total disability benefits
– partial disability benefits
– necessary medical expenses
– specific loss (of a body part) benefits
– disfigurement awards
– work-related death benefits
Wage loss benefits are usually based on your pre-injury earnings, including gross wages, overtime and bonuses. Average weekly wages also includes any second job you had when you were injured. The correct calculation of the average wage is important as small differences will add up over time and it may affect the value of a the claim for a settlement.

Settlements

You may be eligible to receive a lump sum settlement. Only an experienced attorney will be able to tell accurately how much your case is worth, but insurance companies often try to settle for less without you being represented by an attorney. The experienced attorneys at the Coolidge Law Firm will assure that you get what you are entitled to.

Insurance experts

Sometimes the insurance company will want a nurse go with you to your doctor’s appointment or ask for medical information. Unfortunately, this is not because in your best interest, but to stop your benefits. You are not required to comply with that request. Call us if you have any questions: (603) 692-4282
In case the insurance company hires a vocational expert to determine your ability to work or a doctor conducts a Independent Medical Examination, please contact us immediately to make sure your claim is handled correctly.

Don’t sign anything without review

Workers’ compensation claims can be complicated if you are or will be also receiving Medicare or Social Security disability, or if some part of your medical bills have been paid by a private insurance or other institutions. You may have to reimburse some insurance companies, unless all documents are thoroughly reviewed. We urge you to involve one of our knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers before you sign anything.

Even when you can return to work, do not sign any papers regarding your case before running them by us. While you may think you sign to receive your final check, these documents might affect your rights to receive later wage loss benefits and get medical bills paid later. Let us review any document and protect your rights! Call (603) 692-4282

In addition to workers’ compensation claims we also handle personal injury cases.

Social Security Law

We deal with the Social Security Administration

The Coolidge Law Firm has the experience it takes to help you with your claim for Social Security Disability Benefits or Supplemental Security Income.

When you can prove you have a physical or mental impairment that is so severe that it prevents you from working a regular job (“substantial gainful activity”) for a minimum of twelve consecutive months, you may be eligible for benefits.

Application

We can help you file an application with the Social Security Administration. Our staff will explain the process and help prepare the application. Our thorough approach in supplying the appropriate information is key in this step.
Nevertheless, as most applications at the Social Security Administration are declined, we are also prepared to request a hearing within 60 days on your behalf.

Hearing

At the hearing we can present a clear picture of your limitations, supported by medical records and testimonies, to the judge, who even may call in an expert about possibilities for a different job. Although the hearing takes place in an informal setting, it is important that we present evidence to the judge in the clearest way possible. A decision will be made within approximately 4-6 weeks.

Appeals Council

If the decision is not in your favor, we can appeal it to the Appeals Council (within 60 days). The Appeals Council can decide to review your case itself or to return it to an administrative law judge for further review. If you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision, or if the Appeals Council decides not to review your case, your next step is to file a civil suit in a federal district court.

Experience counts

The attorneys at Coolidge Law Firm in Somersworth NH have over 100 years combined experience in Social Security law and have helped many clients on the Seacoast, in New Hampshire and in Maine. No matter where you are in the process, preparing a claim, dealing with hurdles on the way or with a rejected claim – our experienced attorneys can help
The process often is not straight forward, so many people are denied even though they have a legitimate disability. We take the time and care it needs and are the determined advocates you can rely opon. Right from the start we will use reliable strategies to build a strong case and fight for the benefits you deserve.

In addition to Social Security Disability Benefits we also handle personal injury claims.

Bankruptcy Law

Bankruptcy in the United States is governed by federal law. Personal bankruptcies are typically filed under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the United States Code. Over 95% of bankruptcy filings are non-business related and most of these are Chapter 7 filings. The majority of personal bankruptcy cases involve substantial medical debt, but cases can be very complex.

Stop Foreclosure, Negotiate Debt

If you are in other financial trouble, if you lost your job, you face large student loans, overwhelming bills – we can help stopping foreclosure and repossessions, and stop collection calls. Each client and each situation is different, we’ll take the time to review your best options to deal with your personal situation.

We can also help with general debt negotiation, fair debt collections and mortgage modifications. You will have to provide some information as this is your personal case, but we will work hard take care of the paperwork and make it as easy as possible for you.

Bankruptcy may sound scary to you, but it is your right and opportunity to get a fresh start and security in your life. Call us at (603) 692-4282 – we are here to support you.

Attorney Barrington has the Experience to Help you

Attorney Brian R. Barrington has been filing bankruptcies since 1985, well before most attorneys around have considered the practice and he is on a first name basis with most of the persons involved in this practice area from the clerk’s office to the trustees to fellow attorneys, to the judges. He has filed hundreds of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies and basically provides a path of hope to go beyond your current financial crisis to the future. The purpose of bankruptcy is to let the past be buried so that you can go forward without being weighted down by past misfortune and mistakes.

Chapter 7

A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – Liquidation – is available to most people who earn an average income or less. Most of what you own is covered by exemptions, and even though a Chapter 7 is called liquidation, very, very seldom do you actually have to give things up after filing a Chapter 7 because of the exemptions. A homestead exemption in New Hampshire is $100,000.00 per person and there is a wild card exemption of $7,000.00 that can be applied to miscellaneous items that don’t fit the exact categories, such as $5,000.00 for a car or $5,000.00 for tools of the trade.

Chapter 13

A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – Restructuring – is what you use when you have to catch up on your mortgage to stop a foreclosure or you have other nondischargeable debts (debts that can’t be ‘forgiven’, e.g. student loans, taxes, child support, or alimony). A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can also be used to strip off attachments and second mortgages. In filing a Chapter 13, it is not uncommon for clients to be charged $3,000.00 or more, but we will file a Chapter 13 for an initial $1,500.00, and a portion of the fee can be paid through the plan. Attorney Brian Barrington has successfully seen Chapter 13 Bankruptcies through in Maine and New Hampshire. He will personally guide you through this complicated process.

What are the fees?

Some companies’ deceptively low initial flat fees for filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies may not include action to protect your homestead exemption. Our $1,500 flat fee approach should cover the most likely issues that can happen to you.
Attorney Barrington’s knowledge of domestic law, trusts and estates, civil litigation, personal injury, and workers’ compensation allow him to seamlessly integrate the other practice areas into the bankruptcy issues. Call us at (603) 692-4282 to sit down with Attorney Barrington for an initial half hour free consultation and let him guide you to the best path which may or may not include bankruptcy.

Probate and Estate Law

Trusts, Wills and Powers of Attorney are important to ensure that if you become disabled or die, there is an orderly distribution of your assets to the persons you actually choose as your beneficiaries. If you do nothing, the law will dictate what happens to your lifetime treasure, regardless of your wishes. An example is when people divorce and die, all their money goes to the benefit of their children and then the ex-spouse is appointed the guardian and executor and ends up spending all the money that he or she didn’t get out of the divorce settlement! The point is, there are many traps and unintended consequences that can happen without proper planning. Set up an appointment now to discuss your plan: (603) 692-4282

Proper Planning to Fulfill Your Wishes

Proper planning means you have a Will that makes sense and one that will appoint guardians for minor children and trustee provisions for minors until they are of age. Wills and Trusts give you flexibility to decide when a child should get his or her money, which is seldom wise at age 18. Trusts have the advantage of allowing you to control how money is used well after your death, especially if you have a camp or summer home that you want to be available for everybody’s use. Trusts allow you to decide whether one or two people should be in charge for the benefit of all the other children or grandchildren involved.

Personalized Plan for Disability and Death

There are things that can be done with your home and financial assets in order to plan for a nursing home stay. These all have specific rules which you can find through a personalized plan with an attorney. Attorneys at Coolidge Law Firm in Somersworth and Farmington are extremely skilled in dealing with probate issues in Maine and New Hampshire. We will make sure that there are no surprises and your plans for your wealth are executed both in disability and death.

Trusts

Trusts are not just for the wealthy, but in fact make sense for the solid middle class, because we eliminate the need for probate judges, bankers, appraisers and other professionals that would just use up your money. Everybody should all have a comprehensive estate plan. Let us help setting up trusts for you or your parents: (603) 692-4282

Advance Directive

We also can do end-of-life and Medicaid planning which is fair to the caregivers and to the care-receivers in a legal and ethical manner. A little planning today, including Advance Directive, Living Will, Durable Medical Power of Attorney, can save a huge amount of heartache in the future.

Family Law

Coolidge Law Firm attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience, and we know that only a specialized, personal approach can effectively address the difficult and emotional issues in family law matters. Every divorce or family law matter is different; each has its own unique circumstances. We have the breadth and depth of experience to guide you through your case.

We want to resolve issues as amicably as possible, ensuring efficient handling of divorces, including child support, alimony, equitable asset division, parenting time issues, legal and physical custody.

We Listen

The attorneys at Coolidge Law Firm will listen to you, work closely with you and give advice based on your personal situation, explain the process and keep you involved. As these matters affect your life and your loved ones, we try to do our best to provide you with the assistance for a new beginning.

Cost

The cost of a divorce depends much upon the parties involved. If the divorcees constructively work together, cost, and the duration of the process, can be contained. If this is not possible, delays and expenditures may be the result. Usually child custody and asset division can be the origin of disputes. The economic implications for low-income, custodial parents as well as the uncertainty of child support and alimony payments for higher-income earners can be overwhelming.

We have the experience to assess how monetary support would be handled in court; we can negotiate fair settlements and protect your rights. Call us at (603) 692-4282

Settlements

No matter how difficult or how easy divorce proceedings turn out, children are usually the ones that suffer most. We strive to keep conflict to a minimum, instead seeking settlement of all custody and support conflicts. This also saves time and money and is better for your own emotional health. If settlement can’t be reached, we have the know-how to successfully support your rights in court. Call us at (603) 692-4282 to discuss your options.

Guardian ad Litem, Mediation

Linda Mayrand also serves as Guardian ad Litem, a person that protects specifically the rights of the children and gives them a voice in court. Linda is also experienced in marital mediation, a way that parties can resolve their own disputes without going to court. In mediation, a neutral third party tries to help the opposing parties find solutions that are satisfactory to both parties. The mediator cannot impose a solution but helps to develop solutions by facilitating communication between the parties.

 

 

Labor and Employment

The Departments of Labor monitor employers, workers compensation, and insurance carriers to ensure that they are in compliance with New Hampshire and Maine Labor laws. These laws range from minimum wage, overtime, safety issues and workers compensation.

The lawyers at the Coolidge Law Firm have been protecting the employees’ rights in many industries and jobs with passion and know-how. Attorneys Manny Krasner and Dick Krans have maintained their focus on labor law since the 1960s. Over the decades the attorneys of the Coolidge Law Firm have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. We offer the experienced legal advice you need and deserve when you face employment issues.

Covering Diverse Aspects of Labor Law

Our opinion that every employee has the right to good working conditions, fair pay and a harassment-free environment made us a strong advocate for any working person.

  • Wages/Hours
    • We will ensure that employees get the fair pay they are entitled to. This also includes minimum wage claims, unpaid overtime and commissions
  • Discrimination
    • We protect your rights when you are being treated unfairly because of your race, religion, gender and sexual orientation, age, disability.
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Our attorneys fight hard to stop any sexual harassment at work and will advise you of your rights.
  • Medical Leave
    • We can counsel you on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as other protective employee medical leave and disability rights.
  • Termination
    • We fight for wrongfully laid-off employees and can also negotiate severance agreements. We also help you obtain unemployment benefits.

The Coolidge Law Firm has represented clients successfully in administrative hearings, grievance hearings, arbitrations, bargaining and court litigation. We will ensure that your interests are protected, preferably through labor arbitration to sustain work relationships, but also tenaciously in court, if needed.

Call us now to learn about your options: (603) 692-4282

 

 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death. The claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives. Any type of fatal accident caused by negligence can result in a wrongful death claim, including auto accidents, dangerous roadway or defective vehicles, medical malpractice, and abuse.

We’ll Handle your Case with Dignity and Respect

You may have the right to receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. You must prove that the other person had the duty of care, breached that duty, that it was a direct cause of the death, and that this caused the damages you are trying to recover. The Coolidge Law Firm can take the burden from you by handling all of the details, treating you with respect and dignity, and making sure you receive financial compensation for your losses.

Damages

A wrongful death claim is usually filed by a representative of the estate of the deceased victim, on behalf of survivors who had a relationship with the victim. Our attorneys understand that you, as the survivors, also deserve special, sensitive care, while you are still healing from the grief.

Damages may include:

  • deceased’s pre-death suffering
  • deceased’s medical costs
  • funeral and burial
  • deceased’s expected income loss
  • loss of any inheritance of the deceased
  • loss of deceased’s care and guidance, as well as loss of love and companionship
We can Help

At the Coolidge Law Firm we have helped clients who lost family members in automobile accidents, in premises liability and, if the death was result of a workplace accident, as claim against the workers’ compensation insurance. The attorneys at Coolidge Law Firm have the experience to take the right actions, investigate the issues carefully and take the right approach in wrongful death cases.

Call (603) 692-4282 and speak to a lawyer to protect your future.

Business Law

Business law, also known as corporate or commercial law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. Commercial law includes such diverse titles as contracts and partnerships, principal and agent; carriage by land and sea; merchant shipping; guarantee; business insurances; bills of exchange, negotiable instruments. It can also be understood to regulate corporate contracts, hiring practices, and the manufacture and sales of consumer goods.

 

The Coolidge Law Firm can help you the areas of

  • Contract Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Collections
  • Asset Recovery
  • Business Negotiations
  • Arbitration
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Dishonesty
  • Unfair Banking Practices

 

Best Approach for Your Situation

The legal issues of commercial litigation are often very complicated and may have an impact on your business decisions and goals. We can help assess the options of litigation and the consequences on the business objectives. At the forefront of our strategic approach is always the best outcome for our client, taking all economic ramifications into account. If you are looking for an individual, focused approach to business disputes, call the Coolidge Law Firm at (603) 692-4282

We have the experience to pursue or defend lawsuits with an appropriate approach, which may be arbitration or may be aggressive litigation – we’ll always focus on your objectives and the best way to achieve your goals.