West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Raising a Reader

I remember hearing the slogan when I was growing up: “Reading is FUNdamental.”

I couldn’t agree more. Reading is a fundamental building block for a successful life and career. But it’s also fun. It should be a joy to read, not a drudgery! That’s why my wife and I read to our daughters from a young age and encouraged both of them to read for themselves. Now that we have granddaughters, we have an opportunity to start the process all over again.

Reminding Ourselves What Is Important

Reminding Ourselves What Is Important

Do we really need to be reminded to stay connected with the people we love? I guess so since we have been inundated with commercials from Values.com telling us to take time to talk to our husbands and wives and call our children when we are away on a business trip. While the commercials are sweet, what has become of our society when we have to be reminded to do these things; or worse yet, being guilted into believing we are bad people because we may need an occasional reminder to remember what is important in our lives?

Life and Lessons

Life and Lessons

I like to think that I have learned a lot about life in the 58 years I have spent on this Earth. Like most of us, my parents taught me most of what I needed to know as I grew up: the importance of kindness; the personal satisfaction that comes from hard work; and the sore rear end you get when you throw tomatoes at the neighbor’s garage door. There are some lessons, however, that are best taught by life. My life -- or more accurately, my life over the last twenty years -- is a perfect example of one of life’s most important lessons: the need to accept responsibility for one’s actions.

POST STROKE LIFE

POST STROKE LIFE

Although my husband’s stroke was a catastrophic event in both our lives, we have learned to cope with the help of friends and each other and his wonderful caregiver, Terri. He has improved to the point that I can leave him totally alone for an hour or so to go to the store or to the Mall.

Evidence of Informed Consent is Irrelevant in Medical Negligence Case

Evidence of Informed Consent is Irrelevant in Medical Negligence Case

On March 25, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Brady v. Urbas, held that evidence regarding informed consent is irrelevant in cases involving claims solely based upon medical negligence.

Ms. Brady sought consultation with Dr. Urbas, a podiatrist, for problems with her right foot. Dr. Urbas informed Ms. Brady of the nature of her condition, i.e. “hammer toe,” and they discussed available treatment options, including surgery. Dr. Urbas also informed Ms. Brady of the risks and reasonably anticipated outcomes associated with each alternative treatment, and specifically advised Ms. Brady that even under the most optimal surgical circumstances, bad outcomes could still occur. Ms. Brady memorialized her understanding of the information by signing a consent form.

Gas Drillers Seek License to Damage Landowners

Gas Drillers Seek License to Damage Landowners

While a significant amount of oil and gas lease negotiations have been completed over the last several years, many individuals are only now learning the true extent of the oil and gas operations which will be conducted on or near their properties. Significantly, many people who do not own their mineral rights and could not sign oil and gas leases are now faced with the day to day burdens of oil and gas production, but receive none of the monetary benefits of bonuses and/or royalties.

Advice for 2015 College Graduates

My sister, who is nine years younger than me, will graduate from college this May. I can’t wait to see her walk at her graduation ceremony and claim her hard-earned diploma, and I’m sure many other local families are eagerly looking forward to watching their loved ones do the same. While I’m sure I will annoy her over the next few months with plenty of unsolicited advice, here are just a few suggestions off the top of my head for the other soon-to-be college grads out there:

The Highlands Has Grown Up

Fifteen years ago, when I first moved to Wheeling, I had to go to Ohio to get a lot of the necessary things for my house, the one that I actually shared with Jamie Bordas when the two of us were bachelors. There were a couple of items that we could purchase at businesses in Wheeling, including some couches I still have, and a washer and dryer that eventually went with Jamie. But many things were simply not available in Wheeling at the time. A lot of that shopping had to be done in Ohio, at the Ohio Valley Mall.

GLUTEN FREE-Celiac Disease

GLUTEN FREE-Celiac Disease

By now, you have probably heard and/or seen these two words on television or in advertisements: “gluten free.” We are bombarded with advertising about everything that is gluten free. I have known about these two words for approximately 17 years. I first discovered this big bad word, gluten, when my cousin was also diagnosed with celiac disease a few years prior to my diagnosis in December of 2000.

WVCAN

WVCAN

For most of us, it’s hard to imagine a more horrific crime than child abuse. It is truly sad that over the past few months, we have had to hear about young children--infants in some cases-- who were seriously injured or killed by parents who abused them. We read of the mother who sold her 11 year-old daughter for drug money. We heard of the boyfriend who beat a crying infant to death. As a parent, I have felt that instinct to protect my children at all costs, regardless of the circumstances. I think that instinct is what caused me to devote a significant portion of my legal career to the representation of abused and neglected children. It is also what drives me to do whatever I can to help reduce the instances of child abuse in West Virginia.

recent verdicts & news

Winning Experience: Read about our Appellate Decisions, as well as our Verdicts and Settlements.

Recent cases: Kilgore v. Bedi, (Ohio County, West Virginia, 2013) - Medical Malpractice, Personal Injuries - nearly $900,000 Verdict

-- Turkoly v. Gentile et al., Verdict, $5,100,000.00(Medical Malpractice, Mahoning County, Ohio, 2013) -- Cox v. Personal Service Insurance Company, (Belmont County, Ohio, 2012) - Bad Faith Insurance Practices - $10,000,000.00 Verdict;