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Key facts about workers’ compensation

If you're injured on the job in New Hampshire, it's crucial for you to know what rights you have to workers' compensation. This way, you can ensure that you get the proper benefits from your employer. Below are a few key facts that you should be aware of.

New Hampshire woman arrested on drunk driving charges

A woman from Merrimack was charged with drunk driving last week after receiving similar charges the day before. The 48-year-old woman was arrested for DUI on March 19, after police were tipped off regarding her erratic driving behavior at approximately 2 p.m. She was also arrested in Nashua for drunk driving on March 18.

Teacher in New Hampshire takes deal to have charges dropped

A teacher from Pinkerton was accused of inappropriately touching one of his students, and the case is just now going to court. The teacher has entered an opening guilty plea. This happened in the 10th Circuit Court, and the guilty plea is for both counts, which are for simple assault.

Do New Hampshire drivers have to have automobile insurance?

As we pointed out previously, there are more vehicles on New Hampshire roads than ever before. Even if at a reduced rate, car accidents will always be something that residents must keep in the backs of their minds as a possibility. For victims, seeking compensation from those responsible is something to which they are entitled. When factors fall in the victim's favor legally, compensation may be required on the part of an at-fault driver.

Car accidents: What it can take to recover

There are more cars, trucks and sports utility vehicles on the roads of New Hampshire than ever before. In fact, most families have more than one vehicle – almost a necessity with jobs, school and other activities sending them in different directions at the same time. Some communities have accommodated increased traffic fairly well; others are riddled with traffic jams and slow-moving lanes that create danger, upset and frustration on a daily basis. Unfortunately, car accidents are a potential negative consequence of modern day travel.

Remember your Miranda rights when a cop pulls you over for DUI

Police officers are intimidating. Just driving by a patrol car can make any driver’s hands sweat and heart skip a beat – even when they know they are not doing anything wrong. If you have had a couple drinks, being pulled over can be downright terrifying. Immediately you start worrying about what you should do when the officer comes to the window and starts asking questions.

Heroin use is rising in New Hampshire

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, heroin is being used more and more often in New Hampshire and other states. In 2004 and 2005, only 1.2 percent of people polled said they had used the drug one or more times in their lives. In 2010 and 2011, just six years later, that number had gone all the way up to 3.3 percent. While that may still seem like a small number, it means that the total amount of usage has more than doubled -- and almost tripled -- in just a short time.

New Hampshire driver accused of driving 109 mph while DUI

New Hampshire state troopers arrested a man in early March for allegedly drunk driving at speeds of 109 mph. A New Hampshire police officer claims he clocked the man at 108 mph on Interstate 93 where the posted speed limit is 55 mph. The officer said that while he was pursuing the car the man increased his speed up to 109 mph.

Do renters need to shovel snow in New Hampshire?

If you slip and fall due to snow that someone failed to clear after a reasonable time from their steps, you may want to start a premises liability lawsuit for the damages. In many cases, you do have a right to do this, as homeowners are obligated to make the property safe so that it is not a hazard. However, what do you do if the person living there is a tenant? Are they supposed to clear away the snow, or is the actual homeowner -- the landlord -- supposed to do it in New Hampshire?

Workers’ Compensation: Employer basics

New Hampshire law requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance to protect their employees if they are hurt while at work. The state Department of Labor provides guidelines, forms and information about their insurance responsibilities. While the laws can address complex employee situations, the basics are not complicated.

Teen drinking: numbers less, but still a car accident threat

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens between 16 and 19 years of age than for any other driving group. Teens driving with other teenagers in the car, males and newly licensed teen drivers are the most at risk. Driving drunk, however, is a very relevant factor in car accidents as well. At any blood alcohol level, the likelihood of a teen driver being involved in a car crash is greater than for any older driver.

Why is identity theft a federal crime in New Hampshire?

Identity theft has not always been a federal crime, and the government did not take steps to make it so until 1998. In the Internet era, where online identity theft is such a large concern, this may come as a surprise to some. What caused the government to take this step?

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