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Tips for Driving in the Rain

Published on Nov 4, 2021 at 12:35 pm in Car Accidents.

Tips for Driving in the Rain
On average, over one-fifth of vehicle crashes are caused by weather. Rain—which decreases visibility and makes road surfaces slippery—statistically increases the chances of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and even bicycle accidents. When rain is involved in high-speed travel, an accident that may have been less severe on a clear day can turn deadly. Bad weather is one of the most common causes of car accidents resulting in fatality.

How to Safely Ride a Bike on the Road in Charleston, WV

Published on Oct 28, 2021 at 1:42 pm in Bicycle Accidents.

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One of the unanticipated cultural side effects of COVID-19 was a phenomenon that has been referred to as a “bike boom.” The city of Charleston has long been a favorite with bicyclists both local and tourist. And the rise in biking for transportations over the past two years has increased the number of bikes on our roads. But an increase in the number of bikes has brought with it a rising number of bicycle accidents. More than ever, it’s important to know how to ride a bike safely.

How Are Hospitals Ranked?

Published on Oct 22, 2021 at 12:24 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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We need good systems of accountability for our hospitals and medical care facilities. In a country in which medical mistakes rank among the top three causes of death each year, we more than ever need ever-improving methods for identifying and fixing weaknesses in our state and national medical systems. Ranking and scoring hospitals on quality of care is one way to help hold medical institutions accountable. Although a shining report card does not eliminate the possibility of medical malpractice, it is an effective way to encourage responsibility, and a way for current and future patients to learn about a facility’s history of patient care.

What Does Loss of Consortium Include?

Published on Oct 14, 2021 at 4:53 pm in Wrongful Death.

What Does Loss of Consortium Include
There is a general public misconception that loss of consortium in a personal injury claim always refers to a relationship between spouses, and usually one of a sexual nature. But loss of consortium is a much wider term. So what does “loss of consortium” include? Loss of consortium covers several types of social and emotional benefits, and, in addition to relationships between spouses, can also include relationships between close family members, such as between parent and child. In short, loss of consortium is when someone is deprived of the vital benefits of a family relationship.

Let’s look more closely at the meaning of this term and how it applies to personal injury cases—in most situations, wrongful death cases.

Tips to Help a Friend Recovering from a Car Accident

Published on Oct 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm in Car Accidents.

Tips to Help a Friend Recovering from a Car Accident
Roughly 5 to 6 million people are involved in car accidents in the U.S. each year. Think about it—that number is higher than the number of people who are born (less than 4 million), die (less than 3 million), get married (2 million), or earn a bachelor’s degree (less than 2 million) in the United States each year. And the number of car accident cases continues to climb. Chances are, someone close to you will be involved in a car crash at some point in your lifetime.

How do you comfort someone after a car accident? What do you say to someone recovering from an injury? Being present, being willing, and being a good listener is a good place to start. It’s not always easy to know how to be the best friend you can be to someone who was hurt in a car accident. Remember—there is no one-size-fits-all solution, no one right thing to do or say that makes every recovering car accident victim feel better. But understanding your friend better than most people do, you know what will be the most benefit to them as they recover from an accident. We’ll discuss tips in the following article that can help you prepare ways to support your friend.

What Are the Signs of Workplace Complaint Retaliation?

Published on Sep 9, 2021 at 2:44 pm in Employment Law.

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In your workplace, you should feel safe and respected at all times. When that doesn’t happen and you’re discriminated against or face harassment in your workplace, you file a complaint with your Human Resources department. Even though they’re supposed to be there to help you, and complaints are intended for you to see change and justice, the opposite might happen.

Can a Passenger Be Held Liable for a Car Accident?

Published on Sep 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm in Car Accidents.

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Car accidents can be caused by many different individual factors on their own, or multiple of those factors combined. When you’re a victim of an auto collision, you might think that the other driver is solely responsible for what happened, but they might not be the only one at fault, or they might not be at fault at all.

Top 5 Symptoms That Indicate You Were Injured in a Car Accident

Published on Aug 26, 2021 at 1:51 pm in Car Accidents.

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Getting into a collision with another vehicle can cause a lot of damage to your car and your body. After a car accident, you might walk away thinking you haven’t been injured and you only suffered from property damage to your vehicle. Or you might think there hasn’t been any damage done at all and you leave the scene. But then hours or days later, you start feeling symptoms that show you were injured in the wreck.

How Long Will Your Personal Injury Case Take?

Published on Aug 26, 2021 at 8:33 am in Personal Injury.

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After being injured by another negligent party, you might be interested in filing a legal claim to hold them responsible for the damage they’ve caused you. But if you’ve never done that before, you might be hesitant because you don’t know how to go about it or don’t know how long it will take.

Announcing the Winner of Our Fall 2021 Scholarship

Published on Aug 13, 2021 at 4:40 pm in News.

At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we pride ourselves on doing what we can to boost our local and nationwide communities. As part of that dedication, we understand the importance of education and how crucial it is for aspiring students and professionals to receive a college degree. We decided to start a scholarship in 2018 that was specifically geared toward first-year college students. The Fall 2021 submission period just came to a close.

We were humbled by the amount of applications we received as well as the overall quality of every essay. The essays were fantastic and we enjoyed reading them! We’d like to thank everyone who applied.

We’re pleased to announce we’ve chosen a winner.

Congratulations to Cheyenne Schad of Colorado!

Cheyenne will be attending University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology.

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