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What is a Contingency Fee and How Does it Work?

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Most people understand that they have a better shot at winning a legal case if they have an attorney, but they worry about how much a lawyer costs. Are the benefits of hiring a lawyer outweighed by the costs? What happens if you lose the case? Do you still owe your attorney a sizable… Read More »

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How to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

There are over 50,000 registered motorcycles across the State of West Virginia, and over 110,000 licensed motorcycle riders. Motorcycles can be an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and fun alternative to driving a passenger car. Motorcycles can also be extremely dangerous. Bikers who wind up in an accident are significantly more likely to suffer serious injury or… Read More »

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Follow-Up Crash Fatally Injures Good Samaritans in Berkeley County

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

A tragedy occurred on Interstate 81 on a recent Thursday when two individuals were killed while trying to help the victims of a multi-vehicle car accident. The Berkeley County Sheriff described the accident as “one of the worst [situations] I have seen in my career.” Continue reading for details about the multiple crashes that… Read More »

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The Dangers of Falling Asleep at the Wheel

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Many people get behind the wheel of a car without first getting a full night’s sleep. Something may have kept them up all night, they may be on a schedule, or they may simply be in a hurry. In many ways, however, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving while impaired by… Read More »

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West Virginia Yellow Light Law

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Across the United States, red lights mean stop and green lights mean go. Oddly, however, the exact meaning of a yellow light can vary by state. In some states, yellow lights might simply mean “exercise caution,” while in others they might mean stop unless you cannot safely do so before entering the intersection. Continue… Read More »

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How to Report Medical Malpractice in West Virginia

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Medical malpractice claims are among the most complex and involved types of personal injury matters. There are different time limits for filing, administrative requirements, evidentiary requirements, and additional legal steps to take to preserve the right to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. Below, we discuss how to report an instance of medical malpractice to… Read More »

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How to Prove Medical Malpractice

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Most of us are not medical experts. When we have an injury or illness, we depend on medical professionals to tell us what to do. We expect that they will conduct the appropriate tests, come up with a proper diagnosis, and suggest an effective treatment. When doctors do not act in patients’ best interests,… Read More »

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How Can Construction Accidents Be Prevented?

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Construction is a dangerous business. Construction has the highest rate of fatal workplace accidents across all industries. Every year, hundreds of thousands of construction workers are injured or killed. Many of these accidents are preventable. Below, we discuss some of the ways in which a construction company can protect its workers and prevent unnecessary… Read More »

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Teen Killed in Fatal Kanawha County Crash

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Tragedy struck on a recent Wednesday when a 13-year-old girl from Sandyville died in a fatal car crash. The accident is a reminder of the added dangers of driving during the winter season, especially during the holidays. Continue reading to learn more about the crash. If you or someone you love was hurt or… Read More »


What Are Common Hazards in a Construction Site?

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Construction is a dangerous industry. Nationally, construction has the highest rate of fatal workplace injuries in all industries. Hundreds of thousands of construction workers are injured or killed across the country every year. Below, we discuss some of the most common hazards facing construction workers in West Virginia. If you or someone you care… Read More »

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