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Can an Auto Accident Affect Your Vision?

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Even minor car accidents can cause significant injury to your eyes. If not assessed or treated properly, these injuries can lead to vision loss. There are many reasons why an auto accident can affect your vision. Most injuries happen because of a direct impact on the eye, abrasions or scratches on the eye, or… Read More »

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Suing Your Landlord for Premises Liability in WV

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

A premises liability claim holds a property owner, such as a landlord, responsible for an individual’s personal injury if they sustained that injury on the landowner’s property. A landlord is expected to put forward a reasonable degree of effort in maintaining and keeping their property safe. Occupants of the property are entitled to an… Read More »

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WV Distracted Driving Law: Is It Legal to Eat While Driving?

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Distracted driving is a growing danger in the United States. More than a quarter of all traffic accidents in West Virginia are connected to distracted driving. For that reason, West Virginia and other states have passed laws banning distracted driving, and violators can face harsh fines and other penalties. But what do these laws… Read More »

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Martinsburg Man Charged After Fatal Hit-and-Run

By Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson |

Drivers in West Virginia are required to stop, report the accident, and render aid after a crash that results in damage to a vehicle, injury, or death. Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, and the punishments are more severe if the accident involved injury or death. The reasons for the law… Read More »

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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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