West Virginia readers know that the holidays are a time of year when there are more drivers on the road than usual. An increased number of drivers can lead to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, particularly those related to drunk driving. In an effort to discourage this dangerous behavior, law enforcement officers throughout the state will be increasing patrols over the holiday weekend.
When a person is injured in a car accident, the victim has the right to explore what legal options may be available. West Virginia victims may not know that a personal injury claim could be a viable option, especially if they are diagnosed with injuries that are considered minor. If a person is hurt by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, he or she may have a rightful claim to compensation, even if the injuries are not severe.
When an individual is injured at work, it can be a complicated process to claim compensation for damages incurred. West Virginia residents have the right to file a workers' compensation claim for a work-related injury, but in some cases, it may be appropriate to file a third-party personal injury claim as well. A recent accident at the Axiall plants underscores the importance of fully exploring legal options after an accident.
A mining executive was recently convicted of a misdemeanor with regard to his role in a tragedy that claimed the lives of 29 miners in West Virginia. This federal criminal conviction could mark a landmark change in accountability for mining companies and executives. Many believe it could lead to a more serious approach to safety measures and other ways to prevent coal mine accidents.
When a person suffers physical harm due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person, that may be grounds for a civil claim against the liable party. This also includes incidents of slip-and-fall accidents in which people are harmed by dangerous property conditions. After this type of accident, a victim has the right to explore the viability of a potential personal injury claim.