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What types of workers’ compensation benefits are available to me?

Provided that you meet the requirements for a workplace injury to be compensable under West Virginia workers’ compensation law (a personal injury that you receive in the course of and which is the result of your employment), and your employer is legally required to participate in workers’ compensation, then depending on the nature and severity of your injury or illness you may be eligible for any of several types of compensation. This post will introduce you to the general categories of benefits available.

Time is your enemy following a car collision

A car collision with a distracted driver or with a drunk driver can leave you with a serious injury. The medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and other damages you incurred might entitle you to compensation from the negligent driver that hit you.

Pedestrian killed in drunk driving accident

A man has been charged with drunk driving after striking a pedestrian and killing her. The 22 year old man was driving down the roadway when he lost control of his vehicle, hit the woman, drove up an embankment, went back into the road, crossed the median and hit an additional vehicle. The 47-year-old woman who was hit died at the scene of the marathon accident.

Can doctors be held liable for prescription drug addictions?

Something that can, and does happen in the aftermath of an injury-producing car accident is that you may be prescribed pain-killing medications. Some of these medications carry a significant risk of becoming habit-forming, such as OxyContin and Xanax. Recently the West Virginia Supreme Court addressed the question of whether, if you become addicted to such pain killers, your prescribing physician can be held at least partly liable. And the answer may surprise you.


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