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GOTTESMAN & HOLLIS, P.A. ANNOUNCED 2013 U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYER® “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® – November 1, 2012
Gottesman & Hollis, P.A. received First-Tier and Second-Teir Rankings in the following practice areas:
- Tier 1
- Tier 2
Land Use & Zoning Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Real Estate Law
Read the press release announcing this great honor.
WHEN DO WE TELL DAD OR MOM THAT THEY CAN’T DRIVE ANYMORE?
March 21, 2011 for Immediate Release-Nashua, NH
By David M. Gottesman, Esq.
We all love the freedom that independent transportation gives us, but there may come a time that we have to explain to our parents and relatives that it is just too dangerous or too risky to allow them to continue to drive their car. The risks of liability that an elderly driver takes when he or she gets behind the wheel are significant. First, and most importantly, they can seriously injure someone who is on the road as a driver of a car, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist, or a pedestrian. Second, they can seriously injure themselves and impose a tremendous burden upon their family. Third, they can put all of their life’s savings and assets at risk to be attached or levied upon by a person or estate of that person who was severely injured as a result of the elderly person’s negligence.
I recently handled a case where the defendant was an 88 year old man who ran a red light and struck the side of my client’s car, causing devastating injuries. Aside from the fact that the defendant acted negligently by running a red light as witnessed by three bystanders, he never even realized that he did something wrong, and in his mind, was unable to comprehend the magnitude of the situation. The defendant had significant insurance coverage, but it was not enough to satisfy the claims of my injured client. I had no choice, but to sue the defendant, and attach his real estate. Some of his estate was protected by the Homestead exemption, but some of it was not protected. On behalf of my injured client, I was able to recover in excess of the insurance policies, by convincing the defendant, through his counsel, and with the help of successful mediation, to pay personally toward my client’s recovery of damages.
Another matter I handled was for a 50 year old man who was hit head-on by a 78 year old woman who was driving erratically in the opposite direction. She struck a school bus and her car catapulted into my client’s driver’s compartment, causing life threatening injuries. The elderly woman did not have any idea how she got to the scene of the crash, nor a clear picture of what was going on. Her explanation was that she was crying from being upset at a family situation, but no one could explain her erratic behavior. In that case, all of her assets were at risk, but because my client had his own significant insurance coverage, including very extensive underinsured coverage available, the case was able to be settled without having to dip into the woman’s personal estate.
Children of elderly parents need to have a discussion with their parents, albeit very difficult. This is one risk that you want to have your parents avoid. Preservation of their estate should be paramount, as their care and standard of living ought to be protected. If, however, there is agreement that the elderly person is capable and will continue to drive, then that elderly driver needs to have enough liability insurance coverage in place to protect him or her from having their estates diminished by claims of other people who may have been injured by the negligence of an elderly driver. We recommend having in place a base auto liability policy that is large enough to allow the driver to obtain an excess liability policy of at least $1,000,000.00, if not more. This way the assets of the elderly driver are protected from loss or shrinkage should any unpredicted auto event should occur.
There is no magic time for a child to have this discussion with their parents, but if you see this situation developing, have the conversation before it is too late.
BICYCLE SEASON ABOUT TO BEGIN: BEWARE!
Most people do not realize that a bicycle must follow the rules of the road, just as if it was a car
For Immediate Release, March 10, 2011 – NASHUA, NH – The roads are clearing up, the weather is getting warmer, and the urge to pull those bikes out of storage is upon you. Bicycling is one of the greatest forms of recreation and a terrific sport to enjoy alone or with a group. More
SUMMER FUN SHOULD INCLUDE WATER SAFETY AWARENESS
Drowning dangers lurk at home and on vacation
For Immediate Release, July 14, 2008 – NASHUA, NH – For centuries, people have flocked to the water’s edge to relax and escape the heat of summer. Natural bodies of water like lakes and rivers along with the backyard or community pool attract those looking for fun and relief from the sun.
CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS HAVE NO OFF SEASON
Deadly gas can be created by any burning fuel for summer recreational activities
For Immediate Release, June 24, 2008 – NASHUA, NH – Escaping the workday grind in the RV or camping on the family boat may seem like idyllic ways to create summer memories, but the hidden hazards of carbon monoxide should never be ignored.
PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY SAYS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FACE UNSEEN HAZARDS
Employment misclassifications by employers can lead to financial pitfalls
For Immediate Release, June 9, 2008 - NASHUA, NH – More than nine millionconstruction workers across the country face dangers every day that are some of the deadliest in the nation. But while physical safeguards are readily apparent on the jobsite, a worker’s financial safety may be less protected.
PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY GIVES PATIENTS A DOSE OF REALITY
For Immediate Release, March 10, 2008 - Gottesman says knowledge is the best way to avoid medication errors, dangers
NASHUA, NH – On the heels of recent reports about preventable prescription errors and dangerous medications on the market, a local personal injury attorney is urging residents to educate themselves and take a more active role in their health care. More
THE BEST GIFT FOR ALL CHILDREN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: SAFTEY
For Immediate Release, December 5, 2007 - Gottesman & Hollis offers its top 5 tips for avoiding toy-related injuries NASHUA, NH – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s most recent numbers, there were 212,400 toy-related injuries in 2002 that were serious enough to warrant treatment at emergency rooms.
Most of these injuries were preventable with proper toy selection and supervision, and Gottesman & Hollis, PA, a Nashua-based law firm specializing in personal injury, has created its top five tips for avoiding toy-related injuries to keep all children safe this holiday season. More
GOTTESMAN HONORED AS TOP PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATOR
For Immediate Release, November 30, 2007 - Nashua attorney featured in New England Super Lawyers.
NASHUA, NH – David M. Gottesman, co-founder of local law firm Gottesman & Hollis, P.A., has been selected as one of the state’s best personal injury attorneys for the second time this year.
Gottesman was featured in this month’s New England Super Lawyers magazine, which is published annually to represent top attorneys in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. This award follows a similar accolade in October, for which Gottesman was recognized for his personal injury litigation work by the Best Lawyers in America® list compiled by national polling firm Woodward-White.
SENATOR GOTTESMAN NAMED LAWMAKER OF THE YEAR
For Immediate Release, October 20, 2007 – Concord, NH – The American Cancer Society has named Senator David Gottesman (D-Nashua) Lawmaker of the Year for his efforts to make bars and restaurants smoke-free in New Hampshire.
"Senator Gottesman’s work is appreciated by cancer survivors and their families across the state. Even more importantly, many New Hampshire citizens are no longer at risk for developing cancer simply due to the fact that they earn a living in a restaurant or bar. The American Cancer Society is grateful to Senator Gottesman and all lawmakers of both parties who helped make New Hampshire smoke free," said Peter Ames, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the American Cancer Society.
DO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SCREENING PANELS LOWER COSTS OR SAVE TIME?
ATTORNEY DAVID GOTTESMAN RESPONDS
Insurance Journal, Oct. 12, 2007 – A two-year-old New Hampshire law that was supposed to speed up the processing of medical malpractice lawsuits has slowed things down instead
The law created special screening panels designed to encourage people to settle or drop their suits. But in a report last month, Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn said only eight of the 131 cases filed since the law was enacted had been screened. Another 34 of the cases were settled before they could be screened.
FUNDRAISER A HOLE IN ONE, GOTTESMAN & HOLLIS MAKES A DONATION
Nashua Telegraph, Oct. 2, 2007 – On Sept. 11, more than 110 people arrived at the Amherst Country Club for the fifth annual College Bound Classic. Sponsored by CBM Cares, the tournament was held to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua.