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West Virginia Uses Strict Liability and Negligence Standard in Dog Attack Cases

In the majority of U.S. states, dog owners are held strictly liable for the injuries caused by their pets biting someone, regardless of what the owners knew or what actions they took to prevent the incident. In West Virginia, however, strict liability is limited to situations where the owner of a dog has allowed the… Read More »

How Hours-of-Service Violations Contribute to Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cites driver fatigue as a leading cause of U.S. commercial motor vehicle crashes. Driver fatigue is impaired performance caused by insufficient sleep, long work hours, strenuous labor or other mental or physical exertion. Tough and unrealistic deadlines set by trucking firms may encourage drivers to rush and skirt… Read More »

West Virginia Car Wreck Guide to a Smoother Outcome

The aftermath of a car accident can be a stressful, overwhelming time. However, if you’ve been in a car crash in West Virginia, there are four main steps you should take immediately after the accident if you are able to, which will help ensure a smoother outcome. 4 Steps to Do Immediately After a Car… Read More »

When Do You Need to Hire a West Virginia Car Accident Lawyer?

As a rule of thumb, you should always consult an attorney after any type of auto accident, regardless of how minor the car crash may seem. Most reputable car accident lawyers provide free consultations, which can help you determine whether it’s prudent for you as the accident victim to file a personal injury claim. A… Read More »

Lawsuits Allege Truvada Linked to Kidney Disease and Bone Damage

Gilead Company Inc, a biopharmaceutical company, has been faced with hundreds of lawsuits over its anti-HIV drug Truvada, filed by users alleging the company failed to warn the public of the potential toxicity and severe side effects of the medication. Truvada is an antiretroviral medication intended to treat viruses like HIV. The medication is a… Read More »

Essure Contraceptive Injury Claims Persist After $1.6B Settlement

Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company, has agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle lawsuits claiming that its Essure contraceptive implant caused serious injuries. According to Bayer, the settlement covers 90 percent of an estimated 39,000 U.S. claims by users alleging injury from the nonsurgical birth control implant. The company is continuing talks with counsel for… Read More »

Lawsuits Mount Over Recalled Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implants

The global recall of the Allergan Biocell textured breast implant has prompted a spate of U.S. lawsuits against the manufacturer, a Dublin-based pharmaceutical giant. The July 2019 recall followed recommendations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the product was linked to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the lymphatic system that… Read More »

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident in West Virginia?

In general, you should always consult with a lawyer to see if you have a case regarding your recent auto accident. Most reputable West Virginia personal injury law firms offer free consultations in order to determine if you have a solid car accident case which dictates whether they will be willing to take it on…. Read More »

How Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Works

If you have been injured in a car accident in West Virginia, you might find that the at-fault driver didn’t carry enough insurance to cover your medical bills and other out-of-pocket costs — or perhaps had no insurance at all. You will then have to file a claim against your own insurance policy’s uninsured (UM) or… Read More »

Understanding Contingency Fees in Personal Injury Cases

When hiring a lawyer, it is important to understand not only what fee is being charged but also how it is to be paid. While there are many different types of fee arrangements, the most common are the flat fee, the hourly fee and the contingency fee. The last one — which is standard in… Read More »