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Understanding DUI Penalties in West Virginia

Every state has different drunk driving penalties, though many similarities exist between states. In West Virginia, driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. If a driver is found to have a BAC above the legal limit, he or she faces criminal charges […]

Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

We’ve all heard about the elaborate prenuptial agreements that precede celebrity marriages and subsequent divorces. But if marriage is in your future, how do you know if this type of contract is right for you? As you consider your options, focus on the specifics of your own circumstances to determine whether you need a prenup. […]

The Safety Institute Names Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects

On June 24th, 2014, The Safety Institute distributed its list of the top 15 vehicle safety defects to monitor. The list, which uses data obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was designed to establish potential areas of concern related to vehicle defects. An updated version of the list is distributed quarterly each […]

The Most Common Car Accident Causes

Every year, thousands of West Virginia citizens are injured in motor vehicle accidents, many of which are entirely preventable. Even as the country continues to focus its efforts on automobile safety, the number of car crashes will likely continue to rise as the  population grows. Car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but […]

What if My Auto Accident Was Caused by Poor Road Conditions?

In many car accident cases, such ones involving drunk, reckless or distracted drivers, determining liability is fairly straightforward. The situation becomes more complicated, however, when one car’s damage results not from another driver’s actions, but from poor road conditions. In these cases, who is liable? Some of the most common road conditions that can cause […]

What Should I Do if I’m Involved in a Car Accident?

A car accident, no matter how minor, can leave those involved feeling disoriented and upset. If you or your passengers are injured in a crash, however, it’s important to understand what to do immediately to ensure that you maintain your options for taking future legal action, if appropriate. Always take the following steps: Assess and […]

West Virginia Physician Suspended While Facing Medical Malpractice Allegations

On July 25th, 2014, the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted unanimously to suspend a physician’s medical license after he was accused on multiple occasions of reusing syringes on different patients. The physician, neurosurgeon Roland Chalifoux, was given 15 days to pursue a hearing in front of the board. The board’s concern in part […]

Charleston Woman Allegedly Injured During Nursing Home Stay

On July 1st, 2014, Katherine McCourt of Charleston, West Virginia filed a lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court on behalf of someone she knew who had reportedly been injured during her stay in a nursing home facility. Ms. McCourt seeks fair compensation for Bessie Fisher, who was a resident at the Ansted Center nursing home when […]

Speed May Have Played a Factor in Fatal West Virginia Crash

On July 17th, 2014, a multi-vehicle crash on Route 10 near Chapmanville, West Virginia involving one car and one truck left three people dead and one person seriously injured. According to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, 27-year-old Eddie Mullins was driving a 2002 Chevy Malibu north on Route 10 on the morning of July 17th […]

GM Works to Create Settlement Fund for Victims of Faulty Ignition Switches

In the wake of a 2.6 million vehicle recall and around 50 car crashes in which airbags failed to deploy due to an ignition switch defect, General Motors (GM) now faces many personal injury lawsuits filed throughout the country. In response, the company is working to create a compensation plan that would offer claimants payments […]

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