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April 2015 Archives

Suffering from elder abuse or neglect: warning signs for families

When a West Virginia family places a loved one in the care of a nursing facility or assisted living home, it is with the expectation that they will be treated with care and respect. Sadly, not every situation is healthy and safe, and family members may later discover that their loved one is suffering from elder abuse or neglect. If a family suspects mistreatment of any kind, it is necessary to seek legal assistance to protect the rights of their elderly relative.

If you were fired unjustly, should you fight for severance pay?

Employees who have lost their jobs could be eligible for some type of severance pay to compensate for lost wages and allow for time to find alternate employment. However, workers who have been fired unjustly may not fully understand their rights, including the right to severance pay in some situations. This benefit is typically based upon the length of employment, the employment contract and the circumstances surrounding the termination.

Fatal workplace accidents continue to plague mining industry

Due to the inherent dangers of mining, fatal accidents have always been a common issue in the industry.Despite modern advances in technology and safety standards, West Virginia leads the United States in the number of fatal workplace accidents involving miners. From 2004 to early 2015, the state has seen 120 miners die on the job. In 2010, the state saw the country's worst mining disaster in40 years.

Traumatic brain injuries commonly sustained in car accidents

Car crashes often have lingering repercussions, some of which can haunt victims for the rest of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries are common consequences of car accidents, ranging from mild concussions to grave brain damage. The impact of a brain injury can last days or weeks or may have a permanent effect on a West Virginia resident's ability to be independent.

Sexual harassment and discrimination investigation continues

After allegations of sexual harassment within the West Virginia National Guard emerged, the organization has chosen to speak out about the troubling reports. According to an investigation by a local media source, this chapter of the National Guard has a troubling history with alleged sexual harassment and discrimination against women. The organization has publicly stated its commitment to providing a safe and respectful environment for all servicemen and women.

Mining company sued over fatal accident

A West Virginia woman has filed a lawsuit against a mining company after her husband died while working on a job site. The fatal accident occurred while the man was employed by Patriot Coal Services, working as an electrical processes specialist. The mining company, along with other defendants, are named in the wrongful death claim.

If hurt by a negligent driver, distraction may be the cause.

Today's drivers are more susceptible to distracted driving than ever before. Smartphones and technologically advanced vehicles make the world more connected, but these advances can also distract drivers, placing all motorists at higher risk for accidents. When a person is hurt by a negligent driver in an accident, it is possible that distraction of some kind played a role in the collision.

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