CATASTROPHIC INJURIES

Catastrophic injuries are life-changing events. When a catastrophic injury occurs because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, it is only right that the person or corporation responsible for the catastrophe be held accountable.

Car Wrecks

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Car wrecks are a frequent cause of personal injury and accidental death in West Virginia. Serious car accidents cause medical, legal, and economic difficulties for drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians. When you are severely injured, you face immediate problems that can feel overwhelming and insurmountable, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of Income
  • Harassment by bill collectors
  • Impact on family relationships
  • Nonpayment by insurance
  • Pain and suffering

There are many potential reasons for a bad wreck to occur, including unsafe road, mechanical failure, driver irresponsibility, defective vehicle, drunk driving, drowsiness, inattention to the road, or cell phone distraction.

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Whether it be running a red light or Stop sign, excessive speed, driving while drinking or under the influence of drugs, or simply being careless, the negligent driver must be held accountable and responsible, and must be required to pay for the medical bills, car repair, lost wages, and pain and suffering of those he or she hurts.

In these circumstances, you need a lawyer with the knowledge, experience and determination to stand up for you, protect you, and get you the justice you deserve.  Someone knowledgeable to investigate what caused the accident, what happened, why it happened, and who was at fault. Someone with the experience to prosecute your claim against the wrongdoer. Someone with the determination to not give up on you, and take your case to trial, if need be.

If you were injured as a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, it is important to get professional legal help that is knowledgeable, experienced and determined to represent your interests and hold the at-fault driver accountable to you – especially when an insurance company is opposing your claim.

Please call us at (304) 485-4516 to schedule an initial consultation at our office, which is free of charge. As a matter of fact, once we enter into a signed contract with you, we will work for you on a Contingent Fee basis (we get paid for our work only if we obtain a monetary award or recover funds for you.).

Trucking Accidents

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By their very nature, trucking accidents are likely to be catastrophic. Tractor-trailers are long and heavy (40 tons). When a tractor-trailer gets up to highway speed, the size and weight of the truck decrease the maneuverability of the truck, increase the stopping distance, and makes the truck a missile on wheels, very difficult to control. That combination of factors presents a very real and very dangerous hazard to other motorists on the highway. Throw in some bad weather, a fatigued trucker, or a tractor-trailer that is poorly maintained, and a regular motorist is in grave danger.

Tractor-trailers, and other trucks, operate under a myriad of state and federal laws and regulations designed to prevent these horrible collisions. For example, truck drivers and trucking companies are required, like all drivers, to follow the rules of the road set out by each state. In addition, truckers and trucking companies must follow the additional safety rules contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that govern all interstate trucking operations. But sometimes truck drivers exceed the maximum number of driving hours permitted to get that extra income when they are too tired, or their employers force them to drive excessive hours to the point of dangerous fatigue, or they are just careless.

When those laws or regulations are violated and you or a family member have been hurt because of that, the truck driver and/or trucking company should be held liable and required to make things right.

Due to the great weight of tractor-trailers and the speed at which they move, when a tractor-trailer collides with a smaller car, catastrophic injuries and vehicle damage are almost inevitable. In light of this, the federal government requires trucks to carry much higher insurance than regular cars. But because of the catastrophic injuries and resulting high economic and personal damages, the trucking companies and their insurers act quickly to protect their interests after a wreck, often getting to the crash site the same day as the wreck to obtain crucial photographs and witness interviews.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you contact a lawyer immediately after a tractor-trailer collision so evidence can be cataloged and preserved, and your rights protected.

As part of our investigation, we are able to consult with safety and trucking specialists to help us analyze the facts and determine what safety laws or regulations were breached and caused the wreck. The at-fault driver and his corporate employer are subject to paying your medical bills for treatment and surgeries, future medical bills anticipated because of the wreck, wages lost while recuperating from your injuries, wages that will be lost in the future if you are not able to perform your job as before, and payment for your past and future pain and suffering.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, one of the leading causes is driver fatigue, but there are many possible contributing factors to investigate:

  • Driving on insufficient sleep
  • Driving too long at a stretch
  • Jackknifing
  • Rollovers
  • Overloaded truck
  • Improperly secured load
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Equipment failure
  • Inadequate brakes
  • Truck maintenance
  • Driver inexperience
  • Lack of driver credentials or training
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Intentional misconduct

Please call us at (304) 485-4516 to schedule an initial consultation at our office, which is free of charge. As a matter of fact, once we enter into a signed contract with you, we will work for you on a Contingent Fee basis (we get paid for our work only if we obtain a monetary award or recover funds for you.).

Oil and Gas Field

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Work in the oilfield is rough, hard and dangerous work.

Sometimes corporate employers in the oil and gas industry choose to sacrifice worker safety to maximize profits. For example, the corporation might force workers to work excessive, strenuous hours to get a well in. Or the corporate employer may put pressure on workers to cut corners to save time, making an unsafe work site. When safety regulations are ignored, the odds of injury skyrocket.

  • Oilfield workers face many dangers every day:
  • explosions
  • toxic gases and fumes
  • defective or unrepaired machinery
  • high pressure line blowouts or ruptures
  • collapsed rigs
  • non-compliance by companies with safety standards

The dedicated workers who search for, drill for, and transport oil and gas, and those who service and maintain the wells, are entitled to be protected from harm by the manufacturers of oil and gas field equipment, by the companies charged with the responsibility to service and maintain the wells, and the companies that transport the product. Indeed, there are governmental regulations, published safety standards and commonly-accepted industry safety practices designed to protect the oilfield workers.  But sometimes companies don’t properly train their workers, some companies under-staff to save money on labor costs, some companies simply tell their workers to do things a certain way or lose their job, and then something goes wrong. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong in this business, very bad things happen. There are numerous ways things can go wrong, resulting in explosions, fires, crush injuries, burn injuries, and the like.

If you’ve been hurt in an oilfield-related accident, we can help you. We can locate and employ an expert in that business to investigate and help find out the truth of why the accident happened and how it should have been prevented, and then work to hold the responsible parties accountable to make things right (i.e., payment of medical bills, payment of lost wages, payment of wages lost in the future if you can’t work, and pain and suffering).

Call us at (304) 485-4516 to schedule an initial consultation at our office, which is free of charge. Once we enter into a signed contract with you, we will work for you on a Contingent Fee basis (we get paid for our work only if we obtain a monetary award or recover funds for you.).

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