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ADA - Americans with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more ... major life activities."  Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations.

Nixon, Vogelman handles individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of persons with disabilities who were denied access to employment, business, education, government facilities, health facilities and services.  We have successfully challenged policies and procedures that impose unlawful limitations upon the full and equal participation with disabilities.

We have developed a special expertise in working with the deaf community, particularly in situations where hospitals have failed to provide the interpreters required by law to explain the nature of medical care.  We have succeeded in a number of cases in bringing to the attention of medical care providers that deaf individuals have equal rights to participate in their medical care.  That participation is unavailable if the medical providers assume, without any reasonable basis, that the patient understands what treatment is being provided.  We find that many of our most sophisticated medical institutions do not understand the nature of deafness, or what the law provides in this area.

Attorneys

David Slawsky

Kirk C. Simoneau

Lawrence A. Vogelman

Cristin Hepp

Testimonials

I met Attorney Simoneau after being referred to his firm Nixon, Vogelman, Barry ,Slawsky & Simoneau from the Lawyers Referral Service. Mr.Simoneau was very knowledgeable regarding civil rights issues and provided me with the guidance to make an informed and educated decision to settle a case and put behind years of stress and more legal fees. I am happy to report that because of his integrity, good judgement and advice I was able to close the door behind years of stress and get on with my life, "For The Trials In Your Life" you want a friend like Kirk!

- Anonymous

My professional relationship with Kirk has spanned almost a decade. Kirk was an incredible resource to me at times when I felt overwhelmed and I needed legal advice to help guide my decision making. I continue to recommend Kirk and his firm because even if something is outside of the scope of their practice they are well connected in the field and an excellent referral will be made. Kirk's passion for the citizens of New Hampshire has set into motion changes that have not only improved the lives of individuals, including myself, but has charted us on a new course for a more fair and equitable future for generations to come.

- Lesley G.

This Thank You is long over-due.  Once we knew the case was done, we waited and waited for the final bill to arrive.  A couple of weeks ago, Bill decided to call and check on it so we could settle up and finally put this whole thing behind us.  To our pleasant surprise, Bill was told our account was clear.  Thank you!  We do not know why this whole event happened in the first place but we are most grateful for your help in walking us through the case, for your guidance, and for your generosity.  Thank you.

- Bill and Sue

  • How much money can I expect to get when my case is over?

    First, you should run away from any lawyer who tries to answer this question before he or she has built your case into the best it can be.  No lawyer can, even after meeting with you for that free, initial consulation, tell how much your case is worth.  Yes, there are factors that drive most every case; how much are your medical bills or lost earnings, how bad are your injuries, did you require pyschological treatment and many others.  But, there is a lot more to determining the value of any legal claim. 

    There are two key factors many people overlook.  Nice plaintiffs, that is the people suing, can do better than others.  In fact, a nice plaintiff, someone a jury will like, can turn a bad case into a good one.  This is true in reverse.  A likeable defendant will result in a lower verdict.  As a well regarded New Hampshire Judge recently said, we can't determine the value until we "eyeball" the parties. 

    If you want a lawyer who will promise you a fortune to get your case, this firm isn't for you.  If you want lawyers with the experience and skill necessary to accurately "eyeball" the parties, including being honest about your jury appeal, contact us below.