About Our Accident Law Firm In Charleston
The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, began in 1980, when senior partner, R. Edison Hill, departed a large corporate and insurance defense firm to begin a small personal injury practice. Today, our eight attorneys engage exclusively in representing personal injury victims.
We have decades of experience representing clients in Charleston, West Virginia and nationwide. If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident or another serious incident, call our firm today to discuss the details of your case at 800-797-9730.
Once inside the building, you will be greeted by our receptionist or another staff member in our reception area. You may be ushered to one of our three downstairs conference rooms. Our first floor consists of the library, conference rooms, attorney offices, kitchen and porticos.
The walnut-trimmed hallways lead to the kitchen, attorney offices and conference rooms. The rooms are designed so that the attorneys can meet with clients, take depositions, and hold conferences with complete regard to comfort, privacy and security. Each conference room is equipped with modern electronic equipment and computer receptacles for use when needed.
The Office Space
All areas of the law office are completely handicapped accessible with an elevator in place and operational to all floors. The staircase leads to the second floor where most attorney and staff offices are located. The second floor also serves as a work area for the firm’s copy and fax systems.
Each attorney’s office is designed with two sub-offices. One office serves as an attorney workroom, while the other office is occupied by the attorney’s secretary/paralegal, giving immediate access to the resources necessary for effective case management.
The lower floor features the firm’s exercise room and saunas. The partners realize the benefits of keeping physically fit and encourage all staff members to participate and make use of the facilities as well. The exercise room is fully equipped with a treadmill, bicycle, weight machines and free weights. Large-screen televisions are placed strategically around the room.
Focus Group Laboratory
Also downstairs, a “Focus Group Laboratory” is used to develop personal injury cases. The lab includes a focus group conference room, complete with soundproofing, microphones and camera, as well as video presentation equipment. Adjoining the conference room, and separated by a two-way mirror wall, is a client and attorney observation deck — a room set up in theater style for viewing of the focus group. Focus group sound is transmitted to the viewing area through the same microphone and speaker system used to record the session. An audio/visual third room completes the suite.
From that room a technician supervises the conference room’s video recording (with a remotely moveable camera), sound production, and any other related electronic or mechanical aspects of the session. A focus group is a gathering of paid volunteers whom our attorneys use, often in conjunction with a psychologist, to test issues, theories and arguments relevant to personal injury litigation cases. The group is intended to be a microcosm of the community in which the case will be tried, similar to the jury that will actually hear the case.
From the focus group, the attorneys (and sometimes the client) will learn what theories to develop and what issues or arguments to emphasize during actual case presentation. A properly conducted focus group will give valuable guidance to the attorney and is usually reflective of the expected reaction of the trial jury. In personal injury cases, the focus group is particularly valuable to develop effective plans for presentation of liability and damage evidence. The use of a focus group provides a new dimension of guidance to the attorney, which goes beyond the individual attorney’s background of knowledge and experience, providing insight into the perceptions, preconceived notions and personal biases of the prospective jurors. Although focus group testing of cases is sometimes critically important to the presentation of a personal injury claim before a jury, many attorneys never utilize the technique. Almost no other personal injury attorneys in West Virginia (other than this firm) are equipped to use this technique within their own law office facility. The firm also maintains “state-of-the-art” computer systems and peripherals.
Committed To Continuing Education
Recognizing that traumatic brain injury (TBI) from motor vehicle collisions, workplace incidents, defective products or other unexpected trauma is now a highly specialized area of personal injury law, we have concentrated on becoming experts in this area of law.
We continuously attend seminars on serious injuries and are very active in the West Virginia Brain Injury Association and the National Brain Injury Foundation. All of our lawyers belong to and are very active in the West Virginia Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. The firm encourages continuing professional development and participation in Continuing Legal Education seminars, Trial Lawyer Association activities and more.
Contact Our Charleston Accident Lawyers
Please contact The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, at 800-797-9730 to schedule a free initial consultation. We are happy to schedule appointments at a time that is most convenient for you.