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

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

July 28th, 2014

A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. With such a large vehicle moving at high speed, you would think the driver and trucking company would make safety a top priority. Unfortunately, profits are too often placed above safety, and thousands of victims needlessly suffer in injuries in truck accidents every year.

Collisions involving semi trucks are often more complicated than the average auto accident. This is because driver error isn’t always the primary cause of the accident – multiple parties, including the trucking company, could be at fault.

Some common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Fatigue
  • Inexperience or inadequate training
  • Reckless or distracted driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Improper maintenance or loading
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to account for adverse weather conditions or poor roads

Trucking companies hire teams of lawyers to try placing all or some of the blame on the victim. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

If a careless truck driver has caused you injury, please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1 (877) 526-5461 today to schedule a free initial consultation. We proudly serve clients in Parkersburg and throughout West Virginia.

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How Is Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosed?

July 21st, 2014

A spinal cord injury is among the most potentially debilitating kinds of injuries that one can suffer. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, you may experience mild symptoms, or your entire life may change. Our Parkersburg injury lawyers have experience representing clients who have suffered damage to the spinal cord in a variety of circumstances.

A spinal cord injury can affect your sensory perception, your motor function, and your ability to take care of yourself. It’s a serious condition that should be treated immediately.

Some of the diagnostic tests that doctors use to diagnose trauma to the spinal cord include:

  • Sensory inspection: A doctor may test your responses to stimuli and examine your ability to move
  • X-rays: An X-ray can help diagnose fractures and other structural problems in the vertebrae
  • CT scans: Computerized tomography reveals much greater detail than an X-ray and provides cross sections of the bones and disks
  • MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging lets physicians look deeply inside your body to identify problems with the spinal cord itself

If you have any of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury, then it’s vital that you receive medical care straight away. Once you’ve received treatment, our Parkersburg injury lawyers can review your case for free and discuss the next steps in building your claim.

If you or a loved one suffered spinal cord injury in an accident, please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1 (877) 526-5461 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We represent clients throughout West Virginia.

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West Virginia Wrongful Death Laws

July 14th, 2014

Legally, a wrongful death is a death that is caused by the negligence, carelessness, or misconduct of another person, corporation, or legal entity. Though this area of law can be complex, our West Virginia wrongful death attorneys have the experience and perseverance to pursue the maximum amount of compensation on behalf of grieving families.

In West Virginia, wrongful death claims must be initiated within two years of the victim’s death. Family members who might be entitled to compensation if the claim is successful include:

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Children
  • The deceased’s surviving spouse
  • Other financially dependent family members

The death of a loved one takes a heavy financial and emotional toll. To compensate surviving family members, the court might award damages to the plaintiffs such as:

  • Medical expenses incurred before death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Sorrow and loss of companionship

Because West Virginia courts use a comparative fault standard, the defendant may attempt to claim that you are at least partially at fault for your loved one’s death. If the court finds that you or your family shares any responsibility, any awards you earn would be decreased according to the “share” of blame. Our West Virginia attorneys will build a strong case to hold the party responsible for your loved one’s death accountable.

To begin building your wrongful death case, please contact Jan Dils & Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, or call 1 (877) 526-5461 today for your no-cost consultation. Our attorneys serve grieving families throughout West Virginia.

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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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