West Virginia Questions & Answers by Practice Area

West Virginia Questions & Answers

Q: I am trying to find a lawyer who will bring a malpractice case and a liable case against Sedgwick CMS

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for West Virginia on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
I do not believe that you can sue Sedgewick for anything. Your remedy was to appeal the decision in your Workers' Compensation claim. If you did not have an attorney in your Workers' Comp claim, you should have. He could have obtained a report from your doctor, and cross-examined the "independent" doctor, who probably does a lot of work for Sedgewick. Call a local Workers' Comp attorney to see if you can reopen your W/C claim. Good luck.

Q: How hard is it to file chapter 7 bankruptcy without an attorney?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for West Virginia on
Answered on Feb 23, 2019
Timothy Denison's answer
Substantially difficult and very frustrating for everyone involved. While you are permitted to file pro se, it would be much smarter to find an attorney who can help you and who will accept payments toward the fee.

Q: In a wrongful death case can my lawyer give some of my settlement to other people after i signed the release form

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for West Virginia on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
I would need more information to give you a specific answer to your question. You are apparently the personal representative of what seems to be your late husband's estate. That does not mean that you are the sole recipient of the wrongful death recovery, even if your husband left a will naming you the sole beneficiary of his estate. West Virginia's wrongful death statute provides that the judge or jury distribute the recovery to the following: "surviving spouse and children, including adopted...

Q: What is res ipsa loquitur and how would it relate to a personal injury dog bite case?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for West Virginia on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
"Res ipsa loquitur" is a Latin phrase that means "the thing speaks for itself," in other words, an act or injury that does not occur without negligence on some party's fault. An example would be a doctor's cutting off the wrong leg in an operation. Without negligence, the wrong leg is never cut off.

With regard to dog bites cases in West Virginia, a similar doctrine may apply. If the dog is "running at large," in other words, not under its owner/keeper's control or confined, the owner...

Q: How would you recommend for an undergraduate student to get started on preparing for the LSAT. Thank you!

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for West Virginia on
Answered on Oct 14, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
Do some research on the respected companies offering review courses and find out which ones fit within your budget and schedule. Look into the quality and size of their test banks. You could learn techniques from good instructors, but preparation for the exam is largely a matter of doing lots of practice exams, and TIMING yourself as you do them. If a course is out of your budget, there are self-study resources out there. But if you have the budget for a course, a good course could be valuable....

Q: If my husband is offered a job, but he can't take it - is that also part of our claim?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for West Virginia on
Answered on Oct 5, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
It can be, depending on the evidence you have. You will need to prove that a potential employer offered him a job; medical or vocational proof that his accident-related injuries and impairments prevented him from taking the job, and that your husband would have been able to perform the duties of the job, but for his accident-related injuries.

Q: If you are turning from a public road to a private one who has the right of way??

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for West Virginia on
Answered on Oct 2, 2018
Harley Wagner's answer
At any intersection, the same rules under WV law apply. Your question did not indicate if the person turning was turning left or right. However, if turning left, that motorist must yield to oncoming traffic before executing the turn.

Q: I just got a 2nd Driving on a suspended and have to appear in five days am I going to go to jail for this

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for West Virginia on
Answered on Sep 11, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
unlikely but you can get sequential suspensions of your permit. Some judges will figure you didn't get the message and yes, you could do time.

Q: Today in wv I was in a car accident...failure to maintain control, and 2nd offense driving on a suspended. Can I go to

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for West Virginia on
Answered on Aug 23, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
Your question is out of my area of practice, but I believe that if you enter a not guilty plea, bail will be set. If you don't pay the bail, you will likely be held until you do make bail. If you plead guilty or are found guilty at trial, it's possible that you would be sentenced to jail. You should call a local attorney who handles criminal cases.

Q: Does the fact that the police didn't cite me help determining liability for my car accident?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for West Virginia on
Answered on Jul 27, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
Not necessarily. If the the other driver was cited, an insurance company would likely determine that the other driver was at fault. If neither driver was charged, then the insurance companies will look to other factors. In many cases, though, the investigating officer gets it wrong, and cites a non-negligent party. Ultimately, who is or is not charged has no bearing in a civil action arising from the wreck--the judge or jury listens to the facts and determines who--if anyone--was at fault.

Q: Can a company use my image in videos promoting their business without my consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for West Virginia on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Camille Brooks Ibrahim's answer
That is copyright infringement you need to speak to an intellectual property lawyer.

Q: My dog bit our neighbor while he trespassed on our property. Can he sue me for his injuries?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for West Virginia on
Answered on Jun 25, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
Your neighbor CAN sue you, but he could have a difficult time winning the case. The nature of your neighbor's trespass, the breed of your dog, and whether or not your dog has a history of biting people could be factors in the case. You should report the incident to your homeowner's insurance carrier. If you will need an attorney, your insurance company will hire one for you.

Q: Lawyers put me out of Estate administration 4 days prior to settlement. I started the wrongful death and had contract.

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for West Virginia on
Answered on Jun 19, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
I would need more factual information before I could give you any meaningful advice. The personal representative has the authority to settle the case. If you were in the class of persons entitled to make a claim for damages, you had a potential claim for damages from the wrongful death settlement.

What was your relationship to the decedent? If you had no relationship, your recovery may be limited.

You should contact another plaintiff's attorney in the Charleston area and...

Q: For Mother’s Day we had a cookout, but after starting the grill and while I was cooking it blew up in my face burning me

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Energy, Oil and Gas for West Virginia on
Answered on May 20, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
This can be a very complicated case, and costly, too. What exactly blew up? Did the grill malfunction? Was the grill well maintained? Was it a gas grill--and did the propane tank explode? Did a connection leak?

All of these questions must be answered to determine who was at fault. But the most critical issue in a case of this sort is: how severe were the injuries? was hospitalization required? How much are the medical bills? Will you require plastic surgery?

Q: My apartment complex has a fountain that kids play in and my daughter was injured

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for West Virginia on
Answered on May 7, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
For you to make a successful claim on behalf of your daughter, you must prove that the owner or manager of the complex was negligent. In other words, did the owner or manager do something that they should not have done, or fail to do something that should have been done, and was that negligence a cause of your daughter's injuries? West Virginia does not recognize the "attractive nuisance" doctrine.

I recommend that you contact a local injury attorney to discuss your daughter's case.

Q: I was in an accident which I was in the process of being towed the tow truck driver ask me to sit in my truck and

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for West Virginia on
Answered on May 7, 2018
D. Michael Burke Esq's answer
Possibly, but the far better case against the driver who hit your car while you were being towed (if I fully understand your situation). In any event, you cannot collect twice for the same injury or damage; I would pursue a claim against the tow truck company only if the at-fault driver did not have enough insurance.

Q: My dog engaged wt another dog in the neighborhood street he didn’t bite it but was aggressive threatening have mine kill

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for West Virginia on
Answered on Apr 26, 2018
Michelle Johnson Esq's answer
WV has a strict liability dog bite statute that's limited to dogs running at large or off the leash. If the dog is running at large, the victim/s will not be required to prove the owner was negligent. I'm not sure if this answers the question because the question wasn't very clear.

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