The most difficult task for first responders in West Virginia and everywhere else is the handling of catastrophic accidents that involve injuries to one or more children. This was a problem recently in a fiery accident that occurred on the Interstate 77 in Mercer County. A tractor-trailer crossed the median and crashed into an oncoming vehicle carrying two adults and two children, all of whom died in the crash. Such car accidents involving tractor-trailers are the most dramatic in terms of property damage and the most expensive in taking a human toll.
Preparing for the end of one's own life is a necessary task that most West Virginia residents often prefer to put off. However, estate planning is an important part of making sure that one's wishes are carried out. It is also an essential part of taking care of loved ones.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website, the requirement of employers to report work accidents has produced much safer workplaces, reducing the daily average of on-the-job fatalities from 38 to 12. Yet as a personal injury law firm that focuses on plaintiffs’ litigation, we know that prospective improvements will not provide immediate answers to injured workers or their surviving family members.
A recent coal mining accident has resulted in tragedy. According to the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, a miner who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a falling rock at the CK Mine No. 5 in Mingo County recently died from complications. The miner had been a section foreman for CK Coal Corporation.
In West Virginia and all states, a claim for injuries by a passenger against his or her negligent driver who caused an accident is a proper claim that will generally be honored. Even where there are no other vehicles involved, passengers are entitled to claim damages from their driver whose negligence caused their injuries. Thus, for example, when the operator in such car accidents loses control and crashes into a barrier or an embankment, his injured passengers usually will have a successful claim for compensation against the driver.
For most people in West Virginia and across the country, there is not much choice when it comes to trusting a doctor about their health. When a patient goes to a health care professional complaining of pain, they have every right to expect the appropriate tests will be performed to diagnosis the issue, whatever it may be, so that the proper treatment can be provided. In a medical malpractice suit in another state, a woman claims that a doctor failed to perform such tests, resulting in much-delayed diagnosis of her cancer, with painful consequences.
John Denver fans continue to enjoy the tunes of the country-music singing icon, born as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. in 1943 and laid to rest in 1997. One of his biggest hits of all time focused on the country roads of West Virginia although modern motorists might say these roadways are anything but the peaceful, calm, rambling lanes the song makes them out to be. In fact, well over 200 of the 337 fatal car accidents in the state in 2011 occurred on rural roads.