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4 Tips for Handling Insurance Adjusters After an Accident

Published on Jul 18, 2018 at 11:31 am in Car Accidents.

After you file a car accident claim with your insurance company, you’ll hear from an insurance adjuster. While you will undoubtedly want to seek full compensation for your injuries and vehicular damages, the adjuster can make this a difficult process. If you’re unhappy with your initial settlement offer, negotiations are an option. Consider these tips before settling.

1) Understand Your Car Insurance Company and Policy

Before you make your first phone call, make sure you’ve got all your documentation prepared. You’ll want to have the police report, photos and other evidence collected at the accident scene, a list of property damage and expenses for repairs, all medical bills and expenses related to the car accident, and any notes on your pain, daily limitations, and medical consultations.

Keep in mind that auto insurance companies will want to offer you as low a settlement as possible. Large corporations, especially, often try to save money by paying you the minimum.

What Types of Surgical Errors Are Common?

Published on Jul 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Errors in the operating room can have permanent, life-altering consequences. We trust our doctors and surgeons to perform medical procedures efficiently and with our best interests in mind; however, surgical errors are much more common than you may think.

According to a study done by Johns Hopkins, surgical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. They approximate that more than 250,000 deaths are caused by surgical errors every year. Our West Virginia surgical error lawyers are here to hold those medical professionals and hospitals accountable for their deadly mistakes.

Common Surgical Errors

Foreign objects are left in the patient’s body. 

A variety of equipment and medical tools are used during all surgeries. Too frequently, one of those tools is left inside a patient. This includes objects like scalpels, gauze, sponges, and clamps. Once left inside, the object can cause severe pain and infection. A secondary surgery and longer recovery time are necessary to remove the item and heal.

Common Back Injuries After a Car Accident

Published on Jul 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm in Car Accidents.

Recovery from your car accident injuries can be a long and difficult process, especially if the accident was traumatic. Back injuries, in particular, often require extensive and expensive medical treatment. A knowledgeable West Virginia car accident injury lawyer may be able to help you seek a financial award for your damages.

The human spine is delicate and complex. It is not meant to withstand the force of a car collision, which is why so many individuals in car accidents end up with back pain and injuries. The type of back injuries varies depending on the severity of the car accident and the age and health of the victim.  Here you’ll find a list of the most common back injuries experiences after a car accident and how they’re treated.

Tim DiPiero and Lonnie Simmons Honored with Awards

Published on Jul 3, 2018 at 6:09 pm in In the News.

At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we’re proud of what we can accomplish for both our clients as well as for our local legal community. So far in 2018, our trial lawyers have been honored with multiple awards in various West Virginia organizations.

During the June 2018 60th Annual Conference and Seminar, J. Timothy DiPiero was honored with the Stanley E. Preiser West Virginia Association for Justice Member of the Year Award.

This award was given to Tim not only based upon his years of providing excellent representation to clients in civil and criminal matters, but in particular based upon his efforts to take positive actions to improve his community and to help others in need. This award is the highest award given out by the West Virginia Association for Justice.

West Virginia Law Changes 2018

Published on Jun 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm in Legal Information.

We’re halfway through 2018, and it’s been a busy six months for West Virginian lawmakers. So far, they’ve passed over 240 laws and amendments, with many more still pending. Many of these were passed during the 2018 legislative session. Take a look at a few of the most significant changes so far to see how they may impact you and your loved ones.

Gas and Oil Regulations:

West Virginia passed three important pieces of legislation in hopes of providing grounds for solid futures for mineral owners. Protection to surface and mineral owners will be provided, along with a reasonable development platform for gas and oil operators. A big change will come into place when old leases from the late 1800 and early 1900s, previously held at small flat-rates, will now take into consideration modern horizontal drilling. In the long run, these laws will give West Virginia the opportunity to expand their gas and oil industry in a fair way.

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry Indicted on Federal Charges

Published on Jun 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm in In the News.

On June 20, 2018, at 7:00 AM, suspended Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was arrested and indicted on 22 federal charges in Charleston, West Virginia. The Judicial Investigation Commission originally filed 32 charges against Loughry on June 6, 2018.

His charges, which violate the state judicial code, include 16 counts of mail fraud, three counts of making false statements to a federal agent, two counts of wire fraud, and one count of witness tampering.

If Loughry is found guilty and convicted, he faces up to 395 years, a fine of up to $5.5 million, and three years of supervised release.

While the courts originally called for the suspension of his license to practice law, it has only been deferred. This, however, will become a secondary issue, as the federal indictment will take precedence over the final decision on his law license.

How Often Do Car Accident Claims Go to Trial?

Published on Jun 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm in Car Accidents.

Recovery from a car accident is a taxing experience – both physically and mentally. Debating the necessity of a trial only adds to that stress. While a majority of car accident claims are settled outside of court, there are reasons for court proceedings to occur. Here at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we can help you reach your settlement goals in the way that works best for you.

How Car Accident Claims Work

In West Virginia, after you make an auto accident claim with your insurance company, the claim will be investigated. Medical reports explaining your injuries and predicted recovery process, police reports detailing and events of the accident, witnesses accounts will all be taken into consideration before you receive a settlement offer.

Common Causes of Concussions in Football

Published on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm in Personal Injury.

Brain injuries can be caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, and workplace accidents. But they can also occur in sports. Football is a major sport in America and many athletes can suffer from head trauma, mainly concussions. When someone suffers from brain trauma, their mental and physical health are both at risk.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. A West Virginia brain injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will help you with your claim and make sure you get the help you need. Brain injuries can lead to expensive medical bills and future rehabilitation. Knowing you have a financial cushion will allow you to focus on your recovery.

What Type of Doctor’s Note Do I Need After a Car Wreck?

Published on Jun 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm in Car Accidents.

After a car accident, you’re probably wondering about what you need for your car accident claim. You know you need the information of the other person who was involved in the crash, but what about after that? It’s important to document everything from the crash scene to your medical records.

A West Virginia car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you with your claim. We have years of experience with car accident claims and know what you need to get results.

Why Is Prescription Opioid Addiction Dangerous?

Published on Jun 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm in Opioid Litigation.

The opioid epidemic has a hold on many people. It’s important to know the risks of taking prescription opioids and how they affect your body when you take them. Some may not know the strength of the drug or how they affect your biological functions as soon as you take them. Those who have taken prescribed opioids for a long time may also feel adverse effects.

If you or a loved one has been prescribed opioids and is struggling with addiction, you can seek legal aid. A West Virginia opioid litigation lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will fight for your rights and do everything to get you the compensation you need. We will look into opioid manufacturers and if your medical provider acted negligently when prescribing these drugs.

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