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What Is the West Virginia Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice?

Published on Dec 17, 2020 at 1:13 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Going to the doctor is necessary when you’re sick or hurt and need treatment. You expect the medical professionals who are there to help you will take proper care of you, but sometimes they can make mistakes from negligence. There are many factors that go into medical negligence, but regardless, the injuries and damages you were caused could have been prevented.

That’s why you might be interested in filing for medical malpractice. One of our med mal lawyers from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC are here to guide you through a claim and get you the justice you deserve. We’ll help you determine what you’re owed and give you the legal support you need.

What Are West Virginia’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws?

Published on Dec 17, 2020 at 12:40 pm in Motorcycle Accidents.

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Riding a motorcycle is a freeing experience—nothing but the bike is separating you from the road, and the air is whipping all around your body. Compared to a regular motor vehicle, you are more exposed to the elements while on a motorcycle. This is why there are motorcycle helmet laws to keep you as safe as possible while on your motorbike.

Even if you’re wearing a helmet, motorcycle accidents can be dangerous and cause serious damage to your body and bike. When someone else’s negligence has caused a collision with your motorcycle, you could use the help of one of our lawyers. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, our motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help you through your claim and get you justice.

Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in Winter

Published on Dec 11, 2020 at 10:43 am in Motorcycle Accidents.

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When you think of riding a motorcycle, you might exclusively imagine riding on a sunny summer day. But you can still ride your motorcycle into winter if you’re careful and know the safest ways to ride in colder weather. While it could be more dangerous to ride in the winter, there are ways to ride that can keep you on your bike in December and still have fun.

How Common Are Snow Blower Injuries?

Published on Dec 4, 2020 at 10:14 am in Product Liability.

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In the winter, snowfall can cause a lot of extra work for home and property owners. Rather than labor-intensive shoveling, some people choose to buy snow blowers to quickly and easily remove snow from driveways, sidewalks, and other walkways. As with any machinery, though, people can get injured while using snow blowers.

When a product is defective and causes you unexpected harm, it can be shocking and you might not know what to do. That’s where a product liability lawyer comes in. One of our attorneys from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC in Charleston can help you recover compensation for your injuries caused by a defective product.

Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays

Published on Nov 24, 2020 at 9:47 am in Product Liability.

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Whether you’re buying a toy for your child, a niece or nephew, a child in your family, or your friend’s children, it’s important to consider safety before purchasing and presenting the toy to the child. Even though the toy you want to buy is the toy of the season that everyone is getting, you still want to make sure that it will be safe for the specific child you’re planning to purchase it for.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were over 226,000 toy-related injuries in children under 15 in 2018, and 17 children died from toys. In all ages, injuries most commonly occurred to the face and head. Much less common were injuries to arms and legs. All these injuries could be prevented by taking proper safety precaution.

Law Changes Coming to West Virginia in 2021

Published on Oct 22, 2020 at 3:50 pm in Legal Information.

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As 2021 approaches, you’ll want to stay on top of any law changes in West Virginia—especially if that’s where you live. While law changes can happen at different points in the year, we often look to the beginning of a new year to determine what big changes are coming.

Not only will this knowledge keep you up-to-date on what changes the state is making, but you’ll also know that you’re continuing to abide by any applicable laws. So far, we know there will be changes coming to fishing, college information availability to students, and medical marijuana.

Announcing the Winner of Our Fall 2020 Scholarship

Published on Sep 23, 2020 at 1:10 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 2020 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 Celine Moubayed of California!

Celine is attending UC Hastings College of the Law.

Clarksburg VA Medical Center Faces Whistleblower Lawsuit After 8 Deaths

Published on Sep 4, 2020 at 10:23 am in In the News.

Gregory Bee, a timekeeper in the patient care services department at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, says he’s the whistleblower in the string of patient killings at the facility. Bee worked at the facility from 2015 until April 2019.

According to the lawsuit filed in the North District of West Virginia, Bee is alleging he was wrongfully suspended for reporting a number of suspicious deaths. He is seeking reinstatement of employment and to be back paid wages and compensatory damages, along with several other monetary compensations.

While he was employed at the VA, Bee was responsible for updating standard operating procedures in the patient care department. In August 2018, he was instructed by the hospital to amend various policies regarding insulin. This included the security, storage, and administration of insulin, as well as the language concerning hypoglycemia. At one point, Bee was pressed by a supervisor on why the changes were taking so long. Bee didn’t understand why the changes were so important and claims he was the only employee outside of upper management at the facility who knew about the changes.

How to Overcome the Guilt of Causing a Car Accident

Published on Aug 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm in Car Accidents.

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Car accidents are traumatic events. When one happens, it generally takes some time for those involved to realize what has happened. Vehicular damage and physical injuries are a real possibility—the latter of which should be attended to immediately. But, what about the emotional injuries? How does a person go about overcoming the guilt of causing a car accident?

The emotional stress of causing a car accident, even if you were only partially at fault, can take a significant toll on a person’s everyday life. Let’s take a look at the concept of guilt after an accident, trauma reactions, and what steps you can take to overcome guilt.

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