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How will a personal injury lawyer help my case?

For people who have been injured in car accidents, truck wrecks, motorcycle crashes and other types of accidents in West Virginia, there are often a few common questions: How will I pay for my medical bills? Am I entitled to compensation and if so, how much? Do I need a lawyer to handle my case?

Premises liability considerations for the winter

When someone enters your property, they have a reasonable expectation that it is being maintained as a relatively safe environment, and it is your duty as a property owner to ensure that it is. This theory is called premises liability. Premises liability holds property owners liable for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. Of course, there are always exceptions. For example, if the mail man slips and falls on a patch of ice on your sidewalk, you may be responsible to pay for his injuries. However, this only applies if it can be proven that he did not act in any unsafe or negligent manner that could have contributed to or caused the incident.

Summer boating can be fun and safe!

In the summer months, people enjoy traveling to the nearest body of water to boat for recreation. Did you know that in 2013, there were 4,062 boating accidents reported to the National Guard? Of those accidents, 2,620 involved injuries and 560 involved fatalities. The top 3 contributing factors of these accidents were operator inattention, operator inexperience, and keeping improper lookout. While you hit the lake or the river this summer, be sure to keep the following tips in mind to ensure a safe and fun time!

Elderly Abuse and Negligence

Elderly abuse and negligence can happen anywhere, whether an elderly person is living at home, with relatives, or in a nursing home. Abuse and neglect can take different forms including: intimidation, threats, neglect, and financial chicanery. Elders become frail and are less able to stand up for themselves. More than 500,000 cases of elderly abuse get reported each year in the United States, with an estimated 1 million cases that go unreported.

Dog Bites

Dogs can be loving animals that bring joy to many people, however under the right circumstances, a dog can become aggressive and attack a person, or another dog. Dog bites can cause serious injuries to people and over 800,000 dog bite victims require medical help. Results of dog bites could leave deep muscle and tissue injuries that can eventually lead to infections, causing serious health problems. Some victims of dog bites are left disfigured and roughly 31,000 victims have to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog attack.

A Recent Report Suggests That Testosterone Manufacturers Have Been Marketing Their Products Despite Knowing About Their Risks

A recent report published by the New York Times suggests that the risks of testosterone gels have been know for nearly 10 years by the manufacturers of the gels. If this is true, the manufacturers pushed the testosterone gel onto men despite the known risks associated with the gel. Manufacturers conducted a test with the gel and those who took the drug were 5 times more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke.

WV Supreme Court Abolishes the Open and Obvious Doctrine

For years in West Virginia, Plaintiffs were precluded from bringing premises liability actions if the danger that caused the injury was deemed "open and obvious." Under the open and obvious common law doctrine, if a plaintiff is injured by a hazard on another's land that was "open and obvious" such that it was or could have been known to the reasonable plaintiff, then the Plaintiff was barred from recovering any damages from the premises owner or possessor. Under this doctrine, the premises owner owed no duty of care to eliminate the open and obvious hazards. Instead, the owner only had a duty to correct hidden dangers.

Tactics used by insurance companies in Fairmont, Clarksburg, and all of West Virginia

If you have been injured as a result of someone's carelessness, more than likely, you will have to deal with an insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters and the insurance industry will often go to great lengths to obtain information from you early and will also try to push you into an early settlement before you are fully recovered from your injuries.

Your West Virginia Personal Injury Case and Social Media

One of the preliminary questions asked to clients when they come to our office is if they use any type of social media.  Sites like Facebook and Twitter are very popular among people of all ages to connect with friends and family.  However, when an individual is involved in a personal injury case, social media habits and usage should change.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

You've just suffered an injury from a car collision, medical negligence, work place injury, or other catastrophe.  The bills are starting to pile up, you are trying to recover, and attempting to get back on your feet.  The question arises in your mind of whether or not you have a claim that amounts to a personal injury case. 

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