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What Are the Special Considerations in Truck Accident Cases?

A collision with a truck or some other type of large commercial vehicle can cause devastating damage. These crashes also present special legal challenges for victims who seek to recover appropriate compensation through a trial or settlement. After a collision involving a truck, you can protect your interests by retaining an attorney who has specific… Read More »

What Damages Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

No monetary award can fully compensate someone who has lost a loved one prematurely because of someone else’s negligence or misconduct. However, West Virginia law does attempt to give family members some form of legal relief while holding the responsible parties accountable. In a wrongful death suit, various types of damages are available, and an… Read More »

What Is Mesothelioma and What Causes It?

Mesothelioma is a vicious form of cancer that has no cure. Unlike some other cancers that are isolated to one part of the body, mesothelioma attacks the tissue layer that covers numerous internal organs. Though typically associated with the lungs, this disease can also affect the heart, abdomen and testicles. Most victims of pleural (lung)… Read More »

How Can a Local Attorney Help Me with an Asbestos Claim?

The devastating nature of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases has prompted numerous legal actions by victims and their families. For decades, asbestos manufacturers and sellers concealed the dangerous nature of their products, ultimately resulting in thousands of deaths. If you’re considering a lawsuit against the parties who are responsible for the exposure, it is not… Read More »

Thousands of West Virginia Workers Injured by Exposure To Asbestos

Thousands of workers in West Virginia have been injured by exposure to asbestos fibers.  Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which was widely used for its heat retention capabilities.  From the 1950’s through the 1980’s asbestos was used in a variety of products to which West Virginia workers would have been exposed.  Asbestos was used… Read More »

Are Workers with Mesothelioma Limited to Workers’ Compensation?

Normally, when a worker acquires an occupational disease, such as asthma, silicosis or even lung cancer, workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy. Workers’ compensation pays for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses plus benefits for loss of income, but it does not compensate a worker for pain and suffering or the loss of quality of… Read More »

West Virginia’s Startling Auto Accident Rates

We all remember how tenderly John Denver sang about West Virginia’s “Country Roads.” But if he were traveling them today, he might do so with some trepidation. According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, West Virginia ranks among the most dangerous states for fatal crashes. In 2013, the most recent year for… Read More »

A Short History of Asbestos Usage

Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals, which have been mined and used as building material for more than 4,000 years. The ancients recognized several desirable properties, especially resistance to fire, but also recorded serious and fatal health effects among miners who suffered heavy exposure. Large scale mining of asbestos began during… Read More »

State Senate Announcement of Brian Prim

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to run for State Senate for the 4th District of West Virginia, which covers Mason and Jackson Counties along with portions of Putnam and Roane. As people close to me know, politics has never been a plan of mine. But I cannot sit idly by while the… Read More »

Types of Mesothelioma Cancer and Their Warning Signs

Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that results from asbestos exposure. The disease begins in the layer of specialized cells, known as the mesothelium, that lines certain parts of the body, such as the chest and abdomen. In these areas, abnormal cells grow out of control, invading and destroying normal cell tissue. The job of the… Read More »