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Charleston WV Personal Injury Law Blog

Gathering evidence in a sexual harassment case

If you're facing sexual harassment at work, it's likely impacting your mental and maybe even your physical health, as well as your ability to do your job. Your human resources department should help you. However, not all human resources professionals have employees' best interests at heart. Other times, they try to do the right thing, but the perpetrators may be too high up in the organization to discipline.

If you're considering seeking the assistance of an attorney, it's essential to have documentation and other evidence to support your claim. What kind of evidence do you need?

Are you concerned about sun glare causing an accident?

There is nothing more beautiful than driving through the state of West Virginia. However, if you find yourself on the road during the hot summer months, you may have to contend with quite a bit of sun glare.

Since sun glare can reduce your visibility, it's imperative to do whatever it takes to eliminate this problem as quickly as possible. Here are some tips for maintaining visibility when the sun is strong:

  • Wear polarized sunglasses, as these are designed to reduce glare.
  • Use your headlights, as it makes it easier for other drivers to spot your vehicle.
  • Keep a clean windshield, as any type of debris can worsen conditions.
  • Don't store any items on your dashboard, such as old papers or other materials that can enhance glare.
  • Use your sun visor, even if it only allows you to block some of the glare.

Use these 3 tips to stop sexual harassment at work

If there's anything that America has learned in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that started in Hollywood and spread to almost every other industry in the nation, it's that sexual harassment at work is definitely not a thing of the past.

Women and men alike suffer from sexual harassment at work. The co-workers of the actual victims also suffer, because it usually doesn't take much to create a culture of fear and a climate of silence that allows the harassment to continue, especially when the harasser is a powerful figure in your industry.

CSX to pay $3.2 million over strength tests for applicants

One of the arguments often used by employers for not hiring women for certain jobs is that they're not strong enough to do the tasks required. A lawsuit filed against CSX Transportation here in West Virginia claimed that the tests it required job applicants to pass discriminated against women. One, -- the "IPCS Biodex" test -- is used to test endurance as well as arm muscle strength.

Almost a year ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a federal lawsuit against the railroad alleging that CSX's administration of the IPCS Biodex and two other tests to people applying for a variety of positions effectively discriminated against female candidates, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Women were significantly less likely to pass the tests than men.

What’s the best way to treat a concussion?

It's important to treat a concussion in the appropriate manner. Neglecting to do so can lead to long-term health consequences.

If you have any reason to believe you're suffering from a concussion, perhaps because you struck your head in a motor vehicle accident, it's better to be safe than sorry. This means one thing: receiving immediate medical treatment.

What are the signs you're about to be fired?

Everybody has a little job anxiety from time to time, but there are some big clues that you're about to be shown the door that you notice.

Knowing what to look for allows you a couple of options. If you're pretty sure you're about to be fired, you can start looking for another option or make plans for your finances during any off-work period that may develop. If you feel like your treatment is unjustified, now's the time to start thinking about the possibility of a wrongful termination lawsuit. It's best to gather your evidence while you're still employed.

Do these things to save yourself from a truck accident

You never want to be part of a truck accident, as this can cause serious injury, death and/or extensive damage to your vehicle.

This is why it's so important to know the steps you can personally take to reduce the risk of an accident. Here are some things to consider:

  • Avoid blind spots, as you must make sure truckers are able to see your vehicle at all times
  • Never change lanes abruptly in front of a truck (or any other vehicle)
  • If you need to pass a truck, you should always do so in the left lane
  • After passing a truck, maintain your speed and leave plenty of space before pulling in front of it
  • When merging onto the highway, pay close attention to any trucks that are already established in traffic
  • Always use turn signals
  • If you must pull your car to the side of the road, leave as much space as possible between it and traffic

New study shows value of cognitive training after brain injury

Researchers are always seeking -- and finding -- new ways to help people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries impact a myriad brain functions that control cognitive ability as well as emotions. Among the debilitating symptoms that people with TBIs often experience is depression.

A recently published study shows the significant positive impact of cognitive training on symptoms of depression in TBI patients. The study involved 79 people who had suffered a TBI at least six months prior. Of those, 53 were identified as suffering from depression.

Lumberjacks: Take car to avoid common logging accidents

The logging industry is, without a doubt, one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Almost any slip-up can result in permanent disability or death very easily. Emergency medical care, at best, is often far away from the scene of any accident.

What are the biggest dangers to anyone cutting trees, logging and working at a sawmill?

Man receives 5-to-25 year sentence in catastrophic DUI crash case

On July 4, 2016, a Kanawha County, West Virginia, man got behind the wheel of a Nissan Maxima while he was intoxicated. Two passengers were also in the vehicle and had been drinking, too.

As the vehicle traveled down Broundland Road in Kanawha County, the driver began to increase the vehicle's speed. One of the passengers testified in court that she repeatedly asked him to slow down. Witnesses to the crash said that when the Maxima got to the intersection of Brounland Road and U.S. 129, it didn't stop. Estimates put the vehicle's speed between 60 and 100 miles per hour when it was struck by a Nissan Murano.

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