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Basic Guide to Wrongful Death Claims in West Virginia

Published on May 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm in Wrongful Death.

Unexpectedly losing a loved one is a terrible and traumatic experience. When someone’s negligence caused this loss, you would want that person to be held accountable. Filing a wrongful death claim can be difficult to do on your own. While you may want to get the matter over with as soon as possible, this could mean you’re not exploring all your options. Settling early could end with an unfavorable settlement.

A skilled lawyer can make the difference in your case. The attorneys at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you with your claim. We understand how hard this situation is and we will do all we can to get your loved one the justice they deserve. An experienced, compassionate, and hardworking lawyer will fight for your rights and do everything to get you the compensation you need.

DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC has proudly represented the citizens of West Virginia for years and we’re eager to continue to stand up for this community and will use all our resources available to help your claim. You don’t have to worry about harassing calls from insurance adjusters trying to make you settle early—we’ll take care of that, too.

I Was Hit By a Distracted Driver – Now What?

Published on Apr 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm in Car Accidents.

Distracted driving has become a dangerous epidemic across the United States.  Distracted driving took more than 3,000 lives in the year 2016 alone.

Any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, or fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system is considered distracted driving.  Drivers of all ages, not just teenagers and young adults, are guilty of this dangerous offense.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is the most common and most dangerous distraction.  Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for approximately 5 seconds.  At 55 mph, this is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

10 Road Trip Tips for Families with Young Children

Published on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm in Fun Stuff.

Spending a long time in a car can be exhausting for anybody, but it is especially difficult for families with young children. Crying babies, bored toddlers, extended pit stops, and limited mobility can make everyone in the car feel like the drive will never end. DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC wants every family to reach their summer vacation destination safely and as peacefully as possible.  Here are ten tips you can use to help make car travel a happy and safe experience for your family:

Think “Safety First”. Pack plenty of water and a first aid kit. Basic car safety equipment, such as properly installed car seats, a flashlight, and jumper cables, is important to have in case you experience car trouble.

The Most Dangerous Interstates in West Virginia

Published on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm in Car Accidents.

Interstates make traveling easier. There’s a steady flow of traffic and people can get where they need to go in a timely manner. However, interstates have an accident risk because so many people use them. It only takes one moment of negligence from a driver to cause a potentially fatal accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your injuries may be keeping you from work, giving you chronic pain, and causing emotional stress. You don’t have to go through this alone. Get in touch with a West Virginia car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC so you can start your path to recovery.

How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim in West Virginia?

Published on Apr 4, 2018 at 12:54 pm in Personal Injury.

When you’re hurt in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim. You’ll hold the negligent person responsible for their actions and you may be able to get compensation for what you’ve had to experience. In these situations, a lawyer can help you get back on your feet.

A West Virginia personal injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will stand up for your rights and get you the compensation you need. We’ve proudly served West Virginia citizens and will help fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.

A Brief Guide to West Virginia Car Accident Laws

Published on Mar 28, 2018 at 11:49 am in Car Accidents.

Car accidents can be traumatic experiences that cause injuries and emotional stress. A knowledgeable and experienced lawyer could be the difference between a favorable settlement and a settlement where you don’t get everything you’re owed. If you’ve been in a car accident, a West Virginia car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you with your case. We’re ready to answer your questions and address any concerns that you have with your case and get you the compensation you need.

The lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC have proudly represented West Virginia citizens for 40 years. We treat every individual’s case with the focus and care that they deserve. Our team draws from unique experiences and strategies that allow us to choose the best course of action for you.

Can Taking Good Care of Your Car Prevent Accidents?

Published on Mar 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm in Car Accidents.

As a driver, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to be safe on the road. This includes obeying speed limits, always signaling turns, and avoiding distractions while driving. But there’s more than you can do to ensure safety. Regular car maintenance keeps your car running smoothly. You want to be able to depend on your car to get you safely to your destination. Neglecting your car could lead to degradation of car parts and could cause complications on the road.

In the event of an accident, there are people ready to help you. A Charleston car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will be at your side to get you compensation for your injuries or damages done to your property. You won’t have to worry about dealing with harassing calls from insurance adjusters or feel like you have to settle for less than what you’re owed.

Is Your Loved One at Risk for Psychological Abuse in a Nursing Home?

Published on Mar 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

When your parents get older, sometimes you’re faced with a difficult decision of placing them in long term care. Choosing the right nursing home for your loved one can be stressful, but it’s comforting to know that they’re going to get the care and support they need to live a dignified and fulfilling life. But sometimes, the nursing home doesn’t provide this care and take advantage of its residents.

Nursing home residents can be subject to different kinds of abuse: Physical, financial, social, and psychological. Psychological abuse takes a large emotional toll on seniors and may go unseen if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you suspect your loved one is being psychologically abused, a West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help. We’ll stand up for your loved one’s rights.

$1.4 Million Settlement Awarded to Family After Teen’s Death

Published on Mar 2, 2018 at 3:15 pm in Wrongful Death.

On May 24, 2014, 15-year-old Leland Brown II passed away when emergency personnel from Kanawha County, West Virginia took an hour to get the teenager to the hospital from his family’s home in St. Albans after his mother called 911. Leland collapsed in front of his mother, and she made the call immediately. By the time the response team made it to the family home and transported Leland to the hospital, it was too late.

He was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. The cause of death was determined to be cardiac arrest. According to the Kanawha Ambulance Authority and Kanawha Metro 911, the first delay of 19 minutes—the time it took the ambulance to get to the teen’s home—was a result of a funeral that was held the same day for a former ambulance authority board member. The county’s ambulance units were rotated to attend the funeral services, but one of the rotations was improperly performed.

Injured on the Job in West Virginia? Take These Steps

Published on Feb 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm in Work Injury.

Many people probably don’t associate their work with injury risk, but sometimes people are hurt on the job. You don’t have to work in construction or a profession with a high risk injury to hurt yourself at work. Simple items like loose electrical wires, poorly lit areas, or old, uneven flooring can be the cause of a sprain or broken bone.

The consequences of a workplace injury can prevent you from working, cause painful injuries that take a long time to heal, and accumulate a pile of medical bills. If you’ve had a workplace accident, a West Virginia industrial accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help. We understand what you’re going through and will do everything we can to get you the compensation you need.

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