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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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