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What is a Certificate of Merit and Why Must You Have One for Medical Malpractice Claims?

Before you can file a medical malpractice or negligence case against a medical provider or a medical facility, West Virginia law requires that you first file a certificate of merit. This is essentially an affidavit from a licensed physician who is an expert in the field of medicine for which the lawsuit is based attesting […]

Constitutional Carry: What West Virginia’s Need to Know

Earlier this year, much ado was made about House Bill 4145 in the West Virginia Legislature that would make it legal to carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a government permit. Supporters of the bill saw it as an exercise of their Second Amendment rights, while detractors saw the bill as dangerous step […]

Know Your West Virginia Human Rights

Are you informed of your rights against discrimination in the state of West Virginia? Under the West Virginia Human Rights Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate on certain protected classes. These classes include: race, sex, age (of 40 years and older), disability, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, and blindness.  These protections are […]

Are You Accommodating? Fulfilling Requirements of Religious Accommodations

Employers and employees need to be aware of the possibility of religious-discrimination claims in the workplace.  Employees can require certain accommodations to be made under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Specifics of the Act can be read here.  How to know if Title VII applies […]

Bubba Gump- From Shrimp to Wages

If you’ve seen the movie Forest Gump, the name Bubba Gump will remind you of one thing- shrimp.  Bubba Gump has been in the news recently, though this time it’s for more than just shrimp.  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants was involved in a lawsuit with an employee.  The judge in this case ordered the […]

Black lung- as scary as it sounds

Black lung is a disease with a name as scary as its effects.  Black lung has long been a disease associated with miners and the mining industry. The Center for Public Integrity reported on the resurgence of black lung in central Appalachia.  Here, young miners are increasingly getting the most severe form of the disease.  […]

When Life Hands You Lemons— Know the WV Lemon Law

Have you heard the term “Lemon Law?”  It is likely that you have.  However, are you clear on exactly what is covered and addressed under this law?  In West Virginia, the “Lemon Law” is contained in the West Virginia Code, in the section of “Consumer Protection- New Motor Vehicle Warranties.”  You can read the full […]

DUIs- What you don’t know can cost you

DUIs are sometimes considered a secretive or shameful matter, but that doesn’t need to be the case.  DUI are an area of law, and they deserve representation and fair assessment as much as an other matter.  In fact, there are specific legal issues relevant to DUIs that you need to be aware of.  DUI Blog […]

Underground or surface coal miner? Support an end to black lung disease

The health of coal miners matters.  If you are a coal miner and you have suffered health conditions that may be related to your occupation, you do not have to suffer with no hope.  Steps are being taken to fight for greater protection for the conditions of coal miners in both underground and surface mining.  […]