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West Virginia and Ohio Personal Injury Legal Topics by Jan Dils & Jim Leach

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

July 7th, 2014

A typical passenger vehicle weighs anywhere from 2,500 pounds to more than 5,000 pounds. When several tons of metal are moving at up to 80 miles per hour, it’s vital that the driver be alert and in control. But all too often, drivers fail to pull over when they’re tired, and the results can be disastrous. Our Morgantown auto accident attorneys fight for the rights of victims whose lives have been disrupted by careless drivers of any kind.

Though sleepy drivers behind the wheel of any type of vehicle put themselves and others at risk, semi truck operators might be the most dangerous of all. A recent New York Times story notes that the trucking industry has actively fought to repeal regulations that require truckers to sleep for a modest number of hours before getting behind the wheel.

This despite studies by the National Transportation Safety Board showing that 31 percent of trucking accidents were directly or indirectly caused by driver fatigue.

In June, comedian Tracy Morgan was severely injured in an auto accident involving a commercial rig that investigators believe was being operated by a driver who had been awake for more than 24 hours. This collision, which ended in injury to two other passengers and one death, is unfortunately just one high-profile example of the tragic toll drowsy driving can take.

A drowsy driver places everyone at risk. If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident caused by recklessness, contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1 (877) 526-5461 today to schedule your no-cost consultation at our office near Morgantown.

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When Do I Need an Injury Lawyer?

June 23rd, 2014

In the United States, anyone can bring a complaint before a court in an effort to win restitution. However, though you’re entitled to pursue a claim on your own, many people harmed by another’s recklessness can benefit from the counsel of an experienced Parkersburg injury lawyer.

Some clients are initially hesitant to consult an attorney out of fear that it could take a financial toll. At Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, an initial review of your case is available at no cost to you.

Along with a free consultation, our Parkersburg lawyers will work diligently to support your injury claim through each step of the process by:

  • Handling your case personally, listening to your needs, and responding quickly to your questions
  • Assessing how much your case might be worth
  • Ensuring that all court documents, insurance claims, and other paperwork is filed correctly
  • Systematically gathering crucial pieces of evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses who saw the incident that caused your injury
  • Representing your interests during negotiations with insurance companies
  • Fielding prospective settlement offers and acting in your best interest

West Virginia law requires that injury lawsuits be filed within no more than two years of when the trauma occurred or when the damage was discovered. Contacting a lawyer sooner than later often marks the difference between successfully recovering damages and having your case dismissed by the court.

To find out how our Parkersburg injury lawyers can help you, please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule your no-cost consultation.

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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

June 16th, 2014

Soccer fans the world over are excited about the start of the World Cup. However, soccer and other contact sports continue to be under scrutiny for the escalated risk of head trauma resulting in brain injury.

Whether it’s the serious concern about concussion and its subsequent effect on NFL players or the emerging research about the dangers of repeatedly “heading” a soccer ball, athletics has become a major arena for discussion of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, sports aren’t the only cause of serious blows to the head. Other common causes include:

The Morgantown personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Jan Dils & Jim Leach have substantial experience helping victims of incidents like the above pursue compensation for their injuries. In addition to the lengthy, expensive initial recovery, TBI patients often endure major complications that make it difficult to perform or hold a job, communicate with others, or perform everyday tasks.

If you suffered brain injury or other trauma due to the negligence of someone else, you and your family don’t have to face the hardships posed by an accident alone. Contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule a no-cost review of your personal injury case. Our attorneys welcome clients from in and around Morgantown, West Virginia.

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‘SNL’ Alum Tracy Morgan Critical After Truck Accident

June 9th, 2014

According to CNN, Tracy Morgan sustained serious injuries Saturday in a crash involving the former “Saturday Night Live” player’s limo van and a semi truck. Another comedian riding in the van was killed in the collision. If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, our Morgantown truck accident attorneys can build a strong case on your family’s behalf.

Unlike collisions between passenger vehicles, in many cases multiple parties could be held responsible for the victims’ injuries in a truck accident. Potentially liable parties can include the truck driver, his/her employer, and the manufacturer of the vehicle and/or its components.

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, our Morgantown attorneys can pursue a claim against these parties on your behalf. We can’t guarantee the outcome of any case, but truck accident victims are often entitled to damages for:

  • Medical costs
  • Anticipated expenses for future treatment, including rehabilitation and at-home care
  • Forfeited income, including expected lost wages
  • Emotional distress

The huge size and weight of tractor trailers often means truck accidents can end in catastrophic injuries and even the death of one or more of the victims. If a family member died in a collision with a semi, our lawyers can pursue compensation for end of life care, funeral bills, loss of companionship, and other damages on your family’s behalf in a wrongful death action.

Truck accidents can take a physical, emotional, and financial toll on victims and their families. Don’t delay seeking compensation if you were injured or a loved one was killed in a wreck: Contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule a no-cost consultation with our Morgantown attorneys.

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Anesthesia Errors

June 4th, 2014

Anesthesia varies by strength and the portion of the body affected. Whether blocking a patient’s pain response in a localized area or rendering complete unconsciousness during surgery, anesthesia often serves an important role in medical treatment. However, improper administration of anesthesia can lead to severe injuries. Our Charleston medical malpractice attorneys can pursue the compensation you deserve for faulty care.

Our lawyers will gather evidence and consult with expert witnesses to build a strong medical malpractice claim on your behalf. In many cases, anesthesia errors result from a lapse in the quality of treatment due to:

  • Failure to review the patient’s medical history and adjust treatment to minimize complications
  • Not providing pre-surgical instructions, such as embargoes on eating for a certain time prior to the procedure
  • Defective equipment
  • Too much or too little anesthesia during surgery
  • Poor monitoring of patient’s vital signs

Medical negligence like the above can lead to disastrous complications when a patient is under general anesthesia. Poorly administered local or regional anesthetic can also lead to severe injury. For example, epidural anesthesia requires careful insertion of a needle along the spine to relieve pain during childbirth. If the needle isn’t inserted properly, it can seriously damage the mother’s spinal cord.

If you or someone you care about was hurt because of an anesthesia error or other type of shoddy care, please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today. Our medical malpractice attorneys offer no-cost consultations to clients throughout the Charleston area.

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Liability in Bus Accidents

May 27th, 2014

Much like semi trucks, buses require special skill to handle with care. If a driver fails to operate a bus properly, it could lead to dire consequences for both passengers and people in other vehicles. Our Morgantown injury lawyers are passionate advocates for people harmed by the negligence of others, including bus accident victims.

The tremendous size of these mass transit vehicles can make bus accidents particularly devastating. Victims often face a lengthy recovery marked by steep medical bills, time missed from work, and emotional turmoil in the aftermath of the collision.

When you visit our Morgantown injury attorneys, you and your family won’t have to face that recovery alone. Our lawyers will investigate all potentially liable parties, including:

  • The bus driver
  • The company that owns or leases the bus
  • The person or organization responsible for maintaining the bus
  • The manufacturer of a defective part that caused or contributed to the bus accident

Multiple parties could be responsible for the injuries you or your loved one sustained in the crash. Our lawyers will gather evidence to build a strong case on your behalf, and we will fight for the full compensation you deserve.

If you were hurt in a bus accident or other catastrophic collision, don’t delay your chance to pursue damages to facilitate your recovery. Contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule a no-cost consultation with our dedicated Morgantown injury lawyers.

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Memorial Day Safe Travel Tips

May 20th, 2014

AAA’s annual Memorial Day travel forecast estimates that more than 36 million motorists will be taking a trip over the long weekend. The vast majority of these vacationers will be traveling by car. We at Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, wish you and your family the safest and happiest of travels.

Road trips can be fun, but the sheer volume of traffic on the road over a holiday weekend significantly increases the chances of a car accident. In order to avoid the potentially serious injuries that can result from a collision, here are some steps you can take to reduce your car accident risk this Memorial Day:

  • Make sure your car is in good working order before you leave; check the gas tank, tire pressure, essential fluids, lights, and other features
  • Plan your route in advance so you won’t have to fumble with a map or GPS device on the road
  • If possible, leave early so you can beat the traffic
  • Stop at regular intervals so you can rest and eat
  • Be safe: Practice defensive driving, maintain an appropriate distance between your vehicle and other cars, and make sure everyone is wearing their seatbelts

Should you be involved in a car accident caused by another driver’s inattentiveness, our Parkersburg lawyers can initiate legal action on your family’s behalf. You might be entitled to compensation for your physical injuries, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, and more.

Don’t hesitate to contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 to begin building your case with our experienced Parkersburg car accident lawyers today.

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Avoiding a Rollover Accident

May 13th, 2014

Though under the wrong circumstances any vehicle carries a risk of rolling over and injuring the occupants, some vehicles and some circumstances are more conducive to these potentially devastating accidents than others. If you or someone you love has been severely wounded in a rollover accident, our Morgantown car accident attorneys can build a strong case on your behalf.

A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle is forced end over end and flips so that the roof of the makes contact with the road. Trucks, vans, and SUVs are more susceptible to rollovers than other passenger vehicles because of their tall, skinny design and high center of gravity.

Though drivers of these vehicles should exercise additional caution to avoid a rollover, most accidents of this type are caused by more than just a vehicle’s design. Here are some other steps drivers of any car or truck can take to keep their vehicle from rolling over:

  • Be aware of obstacles in the road or poor road conditions
  • Avoid turning too sharply or overcorrecting when encountering a hazard
  • Obey the speed limit, especially on roads with twists and turns
  • Keep tires properly inflated and make sure the tread is in good shape
  • Ensure loads are within the weight limit and properly secured; this is especially true for vehicles with roof racks
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are wearing theirs

Though rollover accidents can result from driver error, it’s also possible that they’re caused by the careless driving of another party, poorly maintained roadways, or a defective vehicle. Recovering from a car accident can be difficult, especially when you or somebody you care about suffered critical injuries.

Don’t miss the opportunity to seek the restitution your family deserves. Please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule your free consultation with our experienced Morgantown car accident attorneys.

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Commemorating Motorcycle Awareness Month

May 6th, 2014

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. To recognize the safety issues facing some of West Virginia’s most vulnerable motorists, our Parkersburg motorcycle accident lawyers would like to discuss steps the drivers of passenger vehicles can take to share the road safely with bikers.

According to state law, motorcycle riders of all ages are required to wear a helmet when they’re on the road. However, in the event of an accident between a motorcycle and a car, truck, or SUV, the motorcyclist is significantly more likely to sustain catastrophic injuries.

To avoid causing a devastating motorcycle accident, drivers of passenger cars in and around Parkersburg or other West Virginia communities should take precautions such as:

  • Always using turn signals, and activating them in a timely fashion
  • Maintaining safe following distance and adjusting as needed for adverse weather or road conditions
  • Diligently checking blind spots when changing lanes
  • Dimming high beams at night to allow the rider full visibility
  • Practicing defensive driving

Motorcyclists have a responsibility to exercise the same level of caution as motorists in other types of vehicles to avoid serious accidents. However, if you or someone you care about suffered serious injuries because the driver of another vehicle behaved recklessly, you might be entitled to compensation for medical costs, forfeited income, and more.

By not pursuing your motorcycle accident case, you might have to bear the physical, emotional, and financial burden of your injuries alone. Our Parkersburg lawyers can build a strong claim on your behalf. Please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 today to schedule a no-cost consultation.

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Seeking Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

April 25th, 2014

Perhaps you were in a minor car accident, or you slipped on a wet floor and bumped your head. Although you might think it’s a minor injury, you should immediately seek medical help for any type of head trauma. Traumatic brain injury is a serious condition that can adversely affect your quality of life without proper treatment. If you’ve suffered TBI due to someone else’s negligence, our Parkersburg attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Head trauma patients often experience symptoms such as headache, fatigue, dizziness, and diminished sight and speech, to name a few examples. These could be signs of a concussion, which is considered the least serious type of traumatic brain injury.

A doctor will evaluate the symptoms and conduct tests to determine whether or not a patient has suffered severe brain damage. Common tests used in brain injury diagnosis include:

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • CT (computed tomography) scan of the head and face
  • Vision and hearing test
  • Neurological assessments gauging effect on coordination, sensation, balance, etc.
  • Testing memory, concentration, and other thinking skills

People who witnessed the event where the injury occurred can provide further information to medical personnel, which can facilitate more accurate diagnosis and treatment. Witness statements can also help our attorneys build a strong case on your behalf against the party or parties responsible for causing your TBI and other injuries.

Traumatic brain injury often requires a lengthy recovery period, which could put a financial and emotional strain on you and your family. Please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1-877-526-5461 to start pursuing the damages you’re entitled to.

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