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Charleston WV Personal Injury Law Blog

Flight attendants plan to appeal sexual harassment ruling

The attorney for two American Airlines flight attendants who are suing the airline for sexual harassment says that they will appeal the dismissal of their cases by a district court judge. Both women say that some male flight attendants posted insulting, sexist messages and photos aimed at them in a Facebook group for flight attendants employed by that airline. The two women originally brought their cases separately last year, but they were eventually consolidated.

The women, who were called words like "sow" and "flipper" (which is apparently a slang term for a prostitute), say the men behind these posts objected to their support of certain union leaders and their activities.

How can you help your teen avoid distracted driving?

Every driver, regardless of age, understands the risks associated with distracted driving. Even so, some people assume they can get away with this.

Teenagers, in particular, are often naïve about the type of trouble they can face on the road. This is especially true when it comes to distracted driving.

What type of medication errors can injure nursing home residents?

Nursing home residents are dependent on their caregivers for just about everything -- including the administration of their medication.

Unfortunately, studies have shown that medication errors are very common -- and often repeated. Here are some of the most common medication errors that patients are likely to experience:

Driving in fog requires special attention

If you find yourself driving through dense fog, which is a regular occurrence in the mountains of West Virginia, it's important to understand the unique challenges. By taking a few key steps, you can enhance your safety and reduce the likelihood of being part of an accident.

Fog makes it difficult to see the road ahead of you, as well as other vehicles. Here are some tips you can follow to reduce the risk of trouble on the road:

  • Use your headlights appropriately: While your headlights can help you see the road ahead, high-beams will reflect back into your eyes. If you have fog lights, don't be afraid to turn them on.
  • Slow down: With limited visibility, you need more time to react, such as if a vehicle in front of you abruptly stops. The slower you're going, the more time you have to stop.
  • Use lane lines to guide you: At times, you'll want to glance at the lane lines to ensure that you're still in your lane of travel. Using these lines as guides can go a long way toward helping you stay the course.

State official joins fight over transgender discrimination case

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined elected officials in 15 other states to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling in an employment discrimination case. The elected officials -- all Republican -- include three governors and 12 state attorneys general (AGs). They signed the amicus curiae brief filed last month by one of those AGs.

The case involves a transgender woman who was fired from the funeral home where she worked after telling her employer that she was going to transition to a female. An appeals court ruled in a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that argued that the woman's employers violated her rights under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Avoid the dangers of the 'fatal four'

Every job has its dangers, but construction work can be fatal when something goes wrong.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that there are four major causes of deadly injuries on construction sites. Everyone who works in the industry should be aware of the "fatal four" and how to prevent them.

How do you deal with a bad driver in your life?

Do you have a friend or family member whom you dread getting in the car with when they're behind the wheel? They text, talk on the phone or apply make-up. Maybe they consider speed limit and stop signs mere suggestions. Perhaps they unleash a tirade of obscenities at any driver who cuts them off. In short, they make you fear for your safety when you're in the passenger seat.

If it's difficult to avoid having to ride with this person occasionally, how do you talk to them about their unsafe driving habits?

Is surgery required after a traumatic brain injury?

If you or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it's important to understand the best treatment strategy. While it's essential to rely on the advice of your medical team, it's always a good idea to know your options.

While not always necessary, surgery is often required to address the impact of a TBI. Here are some of the medical concerns that can be treated or resolved via surgery:

  • Removing a blood clot. Bleeding within or outside the brain can result in a clot, which causes additional pressure and damage to surrounding tissue.
  • Repairing a fracture. Not every skull fracture requires surgery, but there are times when it's important to take immediate action, such as to remove a fragment that's causing bleeding.
  • To stop bleeding in the brain. Any type of internal bleeding is dangerous, and there are times when surgery is the only way to stop it.
  • To relieve pressure. If too much pressure has built up inside the skull, opening a window can give swollen tissue room to heal.

Thinking of blowing the whistle? Read this first

What is the first thing you need to do if you're demoted or fired after reporting a health and safety violation at work?

Most people don't know. The possibility that they'd ever be in that kind of position never really occurs to most people until they're already in the middle of it. After all, nobody really starts a career thinking, "I want to be a whistleblower someday."

West Virginia man suing tree service for wrongful termination

A man who used to work for a tree service has filed a lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court against his former employers for violating terms of the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Act. He's alleging wrongful termination as well as discrimination and retaliation.

According to the man, who worked as a tree trimmer, he suffered neck and back injuries on the job just four months after he started in 2015. He was off work for about six months after being injured. The plaintiff says that when he returned to work, his employers treated him as though he were on probation and also cut his pay.

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