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When insurance fails: Bad faith denials

Imagine making monthly payments for an insurance policy for years. You have paid thousands of dollars in an attempt to manage risk. You have a contract that says that in return for regular payments, your insurance will cover you in the event of an accident. In other words, your insurance provider will compensate you for damages.

Recognizing 5 common signs of elder abuse in parents

Your parents may have gone to a nursing home after a stroke, due to old age or due to a number of other factors. Regardless of the reason, you want to make sure they're taken care of appropriately. Since your parents have a hard time communicating with you, you're unsure of how to know that they're cared for. Fortunately, there are physical and emotional signs to look for that can help you identify nursing home abuse.

Settlement reached in 2014 Elk River chemical leak case

The civil case against West Virginia American Water Company and Eastman Chemical settled this week for $151 million. Eastman Chemical continues to deny negligence in the spill, but agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the matter. West Virginia American Water claims that the lawsuit is "without merit," but will pay $126 million in damages.

Fatal pedestrian car collision in West Virginia shopping center

During the summer months, West Virginia residents frequent the sidewalks, crosswalks and shopping centers. With the increasing number of pedestrians in areas where cars are driven, the number of pedestrian-vehicle collisions rise. Serious injuries and fatalities could result in these pedestrian accidents, most likely causing harm to the pedestrian versus the driver of the vehicle.

Roller derby hits hard in West Virginia

Roller derby has seen a resurgence in popularity in the last 10 years, and Hollywood movies have taken note. What Hollywood has left out in its movies, however, is the fact that the sheer physicality of the sport may result in injuries. For players, some may worry about being subjected to legal liability, and wonder what to expect in a personal injury lawsuit.

West Virginia ranks poorly in recent seat belt study

If you happen to be driving a car in West Virginia, buckle up: according to a recent study, West Virginia has the nation's seventh-highest death rate involving accidents and violence at 19.8%, compared with the national average of 12.4%. The state also rated poorly on seat belt use and non-fatal motor vehicle injuries.

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