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What Do Insurance Adjusters Need to Know After a Car Wreck?

Published on Dec 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm in Car Accidents.

After being in a car accident, you’re going to deal with insurance companies that want to settle your claim quickly—regardless of any injuries you have or vehicle damages you need to get repaired. It may be in your best interest to wait before settling to ensure you get the full amount of compensation you need to recover. While insurance companies might sound pleasant or reassuring, their goal is oftentimes to get you to settle for less than what you’re owed.

The lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia don’t think you should be held responsible for a crash that wasn’t your fault. Our car accident lawyers will help you get the compensation you need to recover from the crash.

What Are Whiplash Injuries?

Published on Dec 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm in Car Accidents.

Car crashes can cause a lot of injuries. Some of the scariest ones affect your mobility. If you get whiplash, you might not know it at first. After a car accident, your body is in shock. This can mask symptoms of any injuries, including whiplash.

While it’s still possible to recognize whiplash, it could take a few hours or weeks for you to feel whiplash symptoms. Without proper care, you could have chronic pain.

When you’re trying to recover from injuries from a car accident, it’s stressful to think about how you’re going to pay the medical bills. It’s even more frustrating when the accident wasn’t your fault. That’s where you need a car accident attorney. DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia is ready to help you fight for your rights.

Breaking Down the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Published on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm in Car Accidents.

Nearly everyone has a smartphone now. We use our cell phones to communicate via text and social media. We’re trained to look at notifications the second we hear our phone vibrate or see the light blinking.

Unfortunately, we still have this impulse when we’re driving. The urge to check the notification and respond as soon as possible often leads people to make reckless driving decisions. Taking your attention and focus off the road for less than second can lead to a car accident where someone gets injured or killed.

Car accidents take a long time to recover from in every aspect. You have to heal mentally, physically, and still take care of yourself financially. Car accident injuries might leave you with hospital and prescription medication bills. Your injuries could prevent you from working. If you’re dealing with these stresses in West Virginia, the lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC are ready to help you get the compensation you need so you can focus on your recovery.

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in Charleston – 2017 Edition

Published on Nov 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm in Fun Stuff.

The Ultimate Guide for Holiday Fun in Charleston - 2017 Edition
Houses are adorned with bright, colorful lights, the air bites your nose when you venture outside, and you probably have an ongoing list of gift ideas for family and friends. The holiday season is here and we couldn’t be more excited.

The holidays are a time of celebration and cheer where we spend quality time with loved ones. In this special part of the year, we observe many traditions, including exchanging gifts and eating delicious food. But your community will also have fun holiday activities you can participate in. Check out events and shows you can see, great local food, where you can find holiday gifts, and get your perfect Christmas tree. Enjoy our guide below, and if there’s anything you’d like us to add, get in touch!

DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC Ranked Among the Best Law Firms in America

Published on Nov 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm in In the News.

For years now, the personal injury attorneys at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC have ranked high among their peers. Since 2003, they have appeared on multiple “Best Lawyers” lists for the state of West Virginia. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the legal industry. The organization aims to help those in need of legal services find the best attorneys in the business. We’re honored to be included in the organization’s prestigious lists year after year.

This year, we’re proud to announce that DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC has been ranked on the organization’s “Best Law Firms” list for 2018. The “Best Law Firms” list, published by U.S. News & World Report, recognizes law firms with attorneys who appear on The Best Lawyers of America list which names the top 4% of practicing attorneys in the United States. Over 1,000,000 law firm assessments were provided by attorneys to create this year’s peer-reviewed list.

Pete Cuffaro Honored with National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Medal of Courage

Published on Nov 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm in Client Stories.

On Sunday, October 29th, Pete Cuffaro, a prior client of DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s West Virginia Chapter and presented with the Medal of Courage for his dedication to the sport and overcoming adversity.

Cuffaro of Wheeling, West Virginia had wrestled since he was in middle school, and continued to wrestle throughout his life. But this changed soon after he graduated from West Virginia University.

On June 25, 1983, Cuffaro dove into a pool that didn’t have the depth clearly marked. The hospital misdiagnosed his injuries and sent him home. By the next day, the 24-year-old Cuffaro was paralyzed.

The Challenges of Preventing Elder Abuse in West Virginia

Published on Nov 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

When you send your loved one to a nursing home, you want them to have a life where they’ll receive good care that promotes a better well-being. Good homes have attentive and skilled staff, a clean environment, and plenty of activities to keep your loved one engaged mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Sometimes, a nursing home isn’t the place it’s supposed to be. When nursing homes are understaffed, there might not be enough people to care for your loved one. This can lead to abuse because your loved one might try to do something without assistance.

What to Do After a West Virginia Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on Nov 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents can be jarring and terrifying experiences, and leave everyone shaken up. If they don’t result in dangerous injuries, the people can usually exchange information and start working toward moving past the accident.

But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, one party flees the scene to try and get away from the responsibility and repercussions.

When you see the car speeding away, you might wonder how you could ever resolve this issue. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. You did the right thing by staying put.

You’re supposed to pull over if you can and give the other person your insurance information. What are you supposed to do when the other person leaves?

Is the Opioid Crisis Causing More Car Accidents in West Virginia?

Published on Oct 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Personal Injury.

The country is facing a serious opioid epidemic, and West Virginia is suffering the most. These drugs include heroin, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. West Virginia had the highest overdose death rate in the nation at 880 people. Anyone can get addicted to opioids, but West Virginia is losing a disproportionate amount of people, especially young ones.

Funeral directors report normally seeing two to three bodies a day, or usually about seven bodies in one week. They’re saddened at the amount of young people coming through their doors.

As opioid addiction is on the rise, so is the amount of people driving under the influence. Car accidents are sudden and take a huge emotional and physical toll on everyone involved. If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident where opioids were involved, you have a right to seek legal action.

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