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December 2016 Archives

The reopening of an approved workers' compensation claim


West Virginia workers who have suffered permanent total disability can have their lives turned upside-down. They may need extensive medical care in an attempt to recoup from their injuries or medical condition, and their inability to work leaves them with significant lost wages. Taken together, these losses can leave an injured worker in a precarious financial position. Although many West Virginians injured in a workplace accident are able to recover some of their losses through the workers' compensation system, the funds are not endless, and they are not given freely.

How do federal regulations limit truck driver fatigue?


Whether it is on a snow covered road or on a sunny summer day, sharing the road with large commercial trucks can be nerve-wracking for some motorists. These enormous vehicles can be intimidating to travel near, especially when motorists experience truck drivers that speed, travel too closely or drive over the line. Truck driver fatigue is often the cause of many truck accidents, and many innocent motorists fall victim to negligence every year.

Helping you reclaim your losses in a truck crash


While motorists in West Virginia are used to sharing the road with large vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and semi-trucks, the winter holiday season often means an influx in these 18-wheelers and delivery trucks. With the intent to make timely deliveries of online orders or holiday shipments, these trucks tend to make lengthy trips with large shipments. While this might please the customers, this is not always risk-free to those sharing the road with these trucks. In fact, the increase in commercial trucks during the holidays often means an increase in truck accidents.

Firm suing distracted drivers in West Virginia


A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed distracted driving, in particular texting and driving, and the dangers it poses to motorists. It's a little known reality that tens, perhaps hundreds, of yards can pass in the few second that it takes a driver to look down at a text message. In that same span of time, a distracted driver can swerve into oncoming traffic, veer into other lanes, fail to stop at a red light, or fail to yield for a pedestrian who is crossing the street. When this happens, victims can be left with significant injuries accompanied by extensive losses, including medical expenses and lost wages.

Recovering from a brain injury


Suffering an injury in an accident is a terrifying event. Following an accident, many questions are probably running through your mind. How serious is the injury? Will it be expensive to treat? How long will it take to recover? Will I recover from it? For those suffering a head trauma, the list of questions is likely endless. Traumatic brain injury victims in West Virginia often think about the recovery process and how it will impact them in the long-term.

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