West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Bordas & Bordas Expands to Pittsburgh


Smith, Pasciak Join Legal Team

Wheeling---Bordas & Bordas Attorneys, PLLC has announced that beginning this month the firm will offer legal services in Pittsburgh. Furthermore, the firm has added two new attorneys to their staff.

The western Pennsylvania office will be the fourth location for the Plaintiff's firm and will be located in downtown Pittsburgh. Other locations include Wheeling and Moundsville, W.Va. and St. Clairsville, OH.

The new location will allow for more expansive legal representation for those who have been hurt, injured or mistreated due to no fault of their own.  The firm will focus its practice on diverse areas of law including: Drilling Site Injuries, Truck/Auto/ATV accidents, Defective Products, Insurance/Bank Misconduct, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Neglect and Injuries, Toxic Torts & Occupational Exposures such as Asbestos and Oil & Gas Rights and Injuries.

Ty.jpgTyler Smith joins Bordas & Bordas as a former partner in the Litigation Defense and Health Care Litigation Practice Groups of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti.  Smith is skilled in trial advocacy, having tried approximately 40 corporate and professional liability lawsuits to verdict in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  He will be working primarily out of the Pittsburgh location.

Smith has specialized in all areas involving complex civil litigation ranging from professional liability and licensing, medical malpractice and general civil litigation.

Smith received his J.D. degree from The Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in business management and minors in accounting and economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

A member of the board of Outpatient Surgery Magazine, he has lectured nationally on a variety of topics for this publication as well as the Professional Risk Management Society, The Pennsylvania Health Care Association and the Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania.

Smith has been published in Compliance Today and McKnight's Long Term Care News; and, has authored book chapters for Aspen Publishers and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

He is licensed to practice law in all state courts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. He is certified to practice law in the Federal District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania; the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, the Southern District of Ohio; and, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

"Pumpkin Hater"

Fall is just around the corner. I'm a huge fan of fall. The air is crisp andJay Stoneking head and shoulders-thumb-300x300-25651.jpg cool. College football returns. The leaves provide a colorful backdrop for my daily commute to work. I also enjoy making my annual pilgrimage to Oglebayfest to renew old friendships, shop, and sample the cuisine.

But fall also has its downside--pumpkin. Before you know it, the valley will be overrun with every imaginable pumpkin-flavored food and drink. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin lattés. Pumpkin milkshakes. Ugh!

Don't get me wrong, I've really tried to embrace the whole pumpkin thing. But the simple truth is I don't like the taste. When I eat it, my face puckers up like I'm eating a mouthful of sour patch kids. I do eat one piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving as a nod to tradition, but I confess that I smother it with whipped cream to hide as much of the taste as I possibly can.

Hidden Perks

Does your job have hidden perks? Mine does. These perks may not be exactly the kind you would think of, but I'd like to share them with you.emd blb.jpg

You see, I take my job very seriously and the people that come into this office looking for our help get my best effort in everything I do on their case. With this can come some sweat and tears along the way; so, where are the hidden perks?

Giving Back to the Friendly City

Wheeling is not just where members of the Bordas & Bordas family work, it's also stjoseph.jpgwhere we live. Therefore, giving back and contributing to the Friendly City's outstanding community is an important part of our mission. Featured below are just a few of the many recent philanthropic sponsorships we are honored to be a part of.

The West Virginia Auxiliary of the Congregation of St. Joseph is located right here in Wheeling. The sisters are hosting their 25th annual Gala/Reverse Raffle on October 9th at the Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack. Money raised by the Gala will help the Auxiliary meet the needs of the women living at Mount St. Joseph. Eager to ensure that the sisters are well taken care of, Bordas & Bordas supports the Auxiliary's efforts and annual event.

Injunction Granted on Behalf of Cameron High School Football Player




Moundsville---Bordas & Bordas has successfully been granted a temporary injunction on behalf of Cameron Football player Dalton Wood who was ejected from a game last Friday for allegedly kicking another player.  BORDAS4.jpg 


The injunction, issued by Marshall County Circuit Court Judge David Hummel, will give the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission appropriate time to review the issue and make a decision. It is set to expire on October 2, at noon.

 In the meantime, Wood will be allowed to participate until a decision is made.

"Wood is an honor student and has never been in any sort of trouble," Jim Bordas said. "He deserves due process in this matter. This young man should not have to be punished due to an official making a call on the spot without the benefit of further evidence and reflection."

Derek Jeter - A Great Employee

Derek Jeter. Why has he been so admired? I get it. He's the shortstop for the New derek jeter.jpgYork Yankees. But, a lot of other players have been too. He's won World Series, been a perennial all-star, etc. But, others have been too. He is a well-spoken, good-looking guy. But, others have been too. What made him so different? To me, it's the fact that he is a great employee. Huh? That's right. He's a great employee. He shows up everyday and does his job. He treats everyone around him with respect. He sets an example for others in the organization to follow. He never complains. He gives credit to others. He speaks highly of his employer. He never embarrasses them. He is always ready. He shows enthusiasm for his job. He does everything with class. He has stayed with the same organization for years. And, he comes through the biggest at the biggest moments. What more could any employer ask for? Thus, it is only fitting that in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium, every one of these traits came shining through as #2 walked to the plate and immediately hit the first pitch he saw into right-center field for a game-winning walk off hit. It reminded me so much why I love sports. But, it also reminded me that we can learn so much from sports. So, why not take a page from the Captain's book? Why not be the Derek Jeter of your workplace? In the end, you just might be remembered and admired too.

A Father's Reflections on a New Chapter in Life

For all of the young couples out there, I'm here to tell you that this business of being a parent is every bit as difficult, frustrating and exhausting as you haveJEA.jpg heard. Doing it right, or at least trying to do it right, is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year job. Being a parent will be the greatest source of stress, worry and heartache you will ever experience. And despite all of that-despite all of the work, the worry, the terrible twos, the teen years, and the "you're too old to understand what I'm going throughs"-I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Along with my wife, my daughters (Brittany and Caitlin) and my son (John III) have brought me more happiness, pride and joy than I could ever have imagined.

The other day was a day, which, for me, was filled with conflicting emotions. I went to Wheeling to help my daughter, Brittany, load her rented truck so she could head off to Austin, Texas. She spent several years in Austin as she went through law school at the University of Texas, and last year, after graduating, she came back home to work as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge John P. Bailey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Her time on that job ended a few weeks ago, so she packed up to head back to Austin, where she will work as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Sam Sparks of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. I was filled with pride as I thought about my little girl and what she has accomplished thus far in her young life. At the same time, I was filled with sadness as I drove away from her empty apartment, knowing full well that she won't be coming back. The cruelest part of being a parent is that you try to raise your children to be independent and self-sufficient, and the reward for your success is their taking off for newer and bigger challenges, most of which can only be found a few thousand miles from home.

Pass the Pig

Growing up I had one of those bedroom doors that wouldn't stay open on itsBordas_0005-thumb-200x250-21293.jpg own. I was probably age five or six when a neighbor gave me a doorstop as a gift. Not just any doorstop - it was a pig made out of a plastic bottle dressed in a pink dress with a big pink hat. Now I'm not trying to sound ungrateful, but I didn't like this pig...at all. She wasn't cool, she wasn't trendy and she certainly didn't "go with" my room. But she faithfully did her job of keeping my door propped open for many years. She even survived being drug down the hallway and having her face partially chewed off by my dog, as well as many nights of me kicking her across the room to shut my door.

When I got married and moved out my mom tried to get me to take the pig. Absolutely not....I told her to throw it away. Little did I know that day that I started a chain of events that has carried on to this day. Not giving a second thought to this pig, I went on my honeymoon and settled into married life. A year or so went by and upon returning from a vacation I came home to find the pig wearing sunglasses and holding a sign that read something like, "Did you miss me?" No I didn't. I called my mom who advised that she didn't have the heart to throw the pig away and told me to do it. Well looking at her with her little pink dress and hat and chewed up face, I couldn't pitch her either. So in the closet she went. Several months later I dumped her back at my parents' house - I think I actually hid her in a closet. After that she showed up in my bathtub.

The Best We Can Do or the Least We Can Get Away With

It's been almost five years since Chesley Sullenberger landed flight 1549 on the Hudson River. For anyone that has forgotten, Captain Sullenberger, a retired Aircjr0923.jpg Force pilot, saved the lives of all 155 of his passengers when his aircraft lost power shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia airport in New York City. A seasoned professional at the time of the incident, Captain Sullenberger explained how he managed to live up to his responsibilities at the moment of truth: "One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal."

This past summer, our own Billy Teufel helped to save the life of a Boys State colleague. Upon finding a friend having a seizure, and without a pulse, Billy kept his wits about him, knew where the automated external defibrillator was located, and used it to restore the boy's heartbeat. Billy and his fortunate friend are proof that you don't have to be a forty-year veteran to perform up to high standards in a moment of crisis.

Hope for Hines Treasure Hunt

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, three of my friends (Tammi, Traci, Dena) and I jeanne.jpgparticipated in the Hope for Hines treasure hunt fundraiser in the Wheeling area.

Before I tell you about our hunt, I want to thank everyone who put the fundraiser together; it was an awesome event. I also want to thank all of those who helped us in our treasure hunt over the two-hour period of time given to complete these tasks. I know four grown women coming up to you and asking questions before we told you what we were doing had to have been scary. I really want to thank the mother of the little girl who let her daughter sign our feet for one of the tasks. Once again, having four grown women asking you questions about your daughter had to be very, very scary. Thanks also to the very nice lady in the parking lot who took time out of her day to take pictures of us. On every task we did, we had to have a picture taken with our team members. Of course the picture taker was not in the photo, but we tried a lot of selfies. Thanks again Wheeling people, you rock.

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;