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The Difference Between Wrongful Death and Manslaughter

Published on Mar 12, 2020 at 11:59 am in Wrongful Death.

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If you’ve lost a loved one unexpectedly in a preventable manner, you know just how devastating the situation can be and how challenging it can be to move forward. When that happens, West Virginia law allows the surviving family members to come forward to seek compensation and justice for what happened with a wrongful death claim. However, the facts revolving around the death affect the type of claim that gets filed. Depending on the circumstances, it’s possible a manslaughter charge could be made. It’s important to understand the difference between the two, so you can give your family the best chance at a secure and stable future.

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.

$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.

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