James J. Tenn, Jr, Mary Elizabeth Tenn, John J. Tenn
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Portsmouth Personal Injury Lawyers

Accident Attorneys Advocating for Portsmouth Victims Personal Injury

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County with a population of slightly over 20,000 people. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth offers a number of attractions, such as the Portsmouth Bridge, the Strawbery Banke Museum, the Market Square, Discover Portsmouth, and Prescott Park. However, both residents and tourists in the area fall victim to accidents in unexpected situations, whether they are struck by a careless driver or fall on a wet floor in a restaurant. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our Portsmouth personal injury lawyers can meticulously analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. We are committed to helping our clients pursue the compensation that they deserve for their harm.

Understanding the Process of Bringing a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury law covers accidents in which someone is harmed because of someone else’s carelessness or intentional misconduct. Examples of these accidents include car crashes, medical malpractice, slip and falls, construction accidents, and issues involving defective products.

Most personal injury claims involve negligence. Negligence is a common-law concept that is applicable in situations in which a person’s failure to use reasonable care led to the injury or death of someone else. Reasonable care refers to the level of care that a prudent person would have used in the same situation. In New Hampshire, each of us has a duty to exercise reasonable care regarding foreseeable risks of harm that may arise from our conduct.

For example, drivers have an obligation to obey traffic laws and drive safely. As a result, a driver who is excessively speeding and strikes a motorcycle would likely be liable for any resulting harm under the theory of negligence. This is because a driver using reasonable care would not engage in this behavior, understanding the risks involved and the importance of obeying traffic rules.

To win in a negligence claim, a personal injury attorney in the Portsmouth area must establish the following elements:

  • The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff;
  • The defendant violated the duty of care owed to the plaintiff; and
  • The defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

New Hampshire follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence, also known as the 51 percent rule, in which fault is apportioned between the parties to an accident. Under this rule, the plaintiff’s recovery will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if the plaintiff is deemed to be 20 percent at fault, they will take home 80 percent of the total damages award. If the plaintiff, however, is found to be over 50 percent at fault, they will be barred from recovering any damages at all. Our Portsmouth personal injury attorneys can help our clients fight back against allegations of comparative fault.

In each state, personal injury claims must be filed within a certain time frame, and New Hampshire is no exception. When it comes to personal injury claims, a plaintiff has three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. If you do not file your claim within the three-year deadline, the court will likely refuse to hear your case. In other words, if you miss the window to file your claim, you will likely be permanently barred from pursuing any legal action in the future.

Discuss Your Case with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Portsmouth

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, or if you have lost a loved one, it is important to have skilled legal representation on your side to help establish your case. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys can work diligently to help you seek the compensation that you need to move on with your life. With nearly two decades of experience, we understand how to protect your rights in New Hampshire personal injury cases. For more information, feel free to call us at 888-511-1010 or 603-624-3700. Alternatively, you can reach us through our website.

Client Reviews
From the very first phone call with Tenn And Tenn, until the day my motorcycle accident case was settled, John and his terrific staff have been nothing short of amazing. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Tenn And Tenn are the best injury lawyers in New Hampshire. They updated me frequently on the status of my case, answered all my question and made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Mark P.
Jim Tenn is unlike any other lawyer you will meet. I first met Jim when my life was falling apart... Jim worked tirelessly for me, and on behalf of my two children to get the best possible results in a case fraught with difficulties and unnecessary complications. At what is undoubtedly the lowest point in your life, you need someone who has your back and protects your interests while you're frantically trying to keep things together. Jim Tenn is the man to hire. H.E.
Jim is an excellent and very thorough divorce attorney who examined every possible aspect of my case. I found his knowledge of the law and his courtroom capabilities to be outstanding. He deserves the reputation that he has as one of New Hampshire Super Lawyers. It is very comforting having an attorney whom you can trust during difficult personal issues. Jim Tenn is that lawyer. Thank you for all your help Jim. Anne