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Announcing the Winner of Our Fall 2019 Scholarship

Published on Aug 1, 2019 at 11:56 am 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 2019 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 Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg, IL!

Caroline is attending Northwestern University. She is pursuing her MS in Journalism.

Who’s Liable When Someone Is Seriously Injured on a Trampoline?

Published on Jul 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm in Premises Liability.

Trampolines are a fun and different way to be active. Adults may see it as a form of exercise and kids typically can’t wait to get on one and start jumping until they tire themselves out. While trampolines may seem like an enjoyable way to pass the time, there are considerable concerns when it comes to the types of injuries a trampoline can cause. It’s even more confusing when you’re wondering who is liable for the injury.

When is a Falling Accident Grounds for a Slip and Fall Claim?

Published on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:17 am in Premises Liability.

Over one million people visit the emergency room for slip and fall injuries every year. Plenty of environmental factors can lead to a falling accident. But some of those hazards could be avoided if a property owner was regularly checking and updating their property, whether it be residential, commercial, or government. Your falling accident could have been caused by a negligent property owner, which would fall under premises liability. But how do you know when you might have a potential claim? Here’s what you need to know about when you might have an eligible slip and fall claim:

The Challenges of Proving Loss of Earnings in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Published on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:00 am in Personal Injury.

If you’ve been hurt in a personal injury accident and had to miss work to recover from your injuries, you can seek lost wages if you file a claim or lawsuit. Proving loss of earnings can be a challenge, but with the right legal team you’ll receive the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible.

You may be wondering what’s covered under lost wages. Your lawyer will be able to determine what you can seek based on your position and contract, but there are commonalities in regard to what’s typically included. Hourly wages are the most common. These are totaled by adding up the missed days and multiplying them by the hourly rate. If you regularly work overtime, that can be included as well. In addition to hourly wages and overtime, you may be eligible for compensation for bonuses, sick days, vacation days, perks, and tips.

What Can We Do to Prevent Accidents that Happen at Intersections?

Published on Jul 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm in Car Accidents.

Even though intersections are a common aspect of driving, many people do not handle them with the caution they should. Some intersections are simpler and only have yield or stop signs. Some are complex and have turning lanes, stoplights, or more than two roads. In fact, about half of all crashes occur at or around intersections. Most of these are side impact or T-bone collisions, which have a higher death rate than other crashes. Intersections are especially dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, as a speeding car might not see them until the last second. No matter what, car accidents at intersections take a toll on all of those involved.

Privacy Rights You Need to Know as a Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case

Published on Jul 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm in Personal Injury.

A personal injury lawsuit is just that—personal. As the victim, otherwise known as the plaintiff, you might be asked to present a lot of personal information when your attorney is putting together your claim. That could include W-2s, pay stubs, tax returns, insurance policies, benefits, medical records, driver’s license number, or even your social security number. But is all that really necessary? Let’s discuss what information is essential when filing a personal injury lawsuit and what you need to know regarding your privacy rights and options.

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in Charleston

Published on Jun 28, 2019 at 2:01 pm in Fun Stuff.

 

Now that the kids are out of school and the weather is nice, it’s time to get out of the house and keep everyone entertained. There’s plenty of events going on in Charleston this summer that will be fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for something to do on a day off or something good to eat, we did the research for you. And if you’re tight on money this summer, we also found a bunch of festivals and concerts for none of the cost but all the excitement! Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this guide will help you find new things to do and places to visit.

What Can Happen When Whiplash is Left Untreated?

Published on Jun 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm in Car Accidents.

West Virginia’s rural roads cause a significant number of accidents due to mountainous terrain, winding roads, and poor maintenance by the state. Many car accidents in West Virginia as well as across the nation cause whiplash, an injury that affects 3 million people each year. A person gets whiplash during a collision when their head quickly whips from one direction to another. This causes the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck to overstretch and hurt.

Adrenaline pumps through the body immediately following a car accident, and so any pain the victim should feel may be masked by the rush. A person might not even realize they have whiplash until hours or weeks after the accident.

Elder Fatalities from Falls Are on the Rise Again

Published on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:06 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Something as simple as tripping over a curb while trying to walk on the sidewalk could prove fatal to an elderly person. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the number of fatal falls in the elderly population nearly tripled from 2000 to 2016. And they’re still on the climb to nearly 30,000 per year. Even though falling might not seem like a serious threat to a person’s health, it is just that for people 65 and up.

In fact, falls are the number one cause of injuries in Americans 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Older adults who experience a serious fall in a hospital or nursing home could have a steep decline in health, especially if they suffer a traumatic brain injury or a hip fracture. A downturn in health in that population could quickly lead to death. What makes falling so serious, especially among the older population?

What Are My Legal Options if I Elect to Not Seek Medical Care After a Car Wreck?

Published on Jun 12, 2019 at 4:38 pm in Car Accidents.

If you’ve been in a car accident, there’s a chance emergency services will show up at the scene. There are a number of reasons why you may decline to receive treatment. Maybe you feel fine, or you could be worried about the cost of medical bills. Regardless, it’s important to know that if you elect not to seek medical care after a car wreck, you could be putting your claim in jeopardy. While you still have the legal right to file a car accident injury claim if you do not see a doctor after an accident, it will be significantly harder to prove the relationship between the crash and your injuries.

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