Spinal cord injuries are often incurred by people in West Virginia who have been involved in car accidents. After sustaining a spinal cord injury in a car accident, a victim's chances of dying prematurely are significantly greater than that of people who have not had such an injury.
When West Virginia motorists become involved in a car accident, they are at serious risk for suffering a sternum fracture. Approximately 60 to 90 percent of all sternum fractures are caused by car accidents. In many cases, these injuries occur when the victim fails to wear a seat belt or the vehicle does not have airbags, causing the person's chest to strike the steering wheel.
According to court documents, a woman has filed a lawsuit against several companies for her husband's West Virginia coal mine death. The woman's lawsuit alleges the companies acted negligently, and their combined negligence resulted in his fatal mine accident. The complaint was filed in Kanawha Circuit Court on Feb. 4.
According to reports, a South Carolina man was killed and three people were injured when he apparently missed his exit. The accident occurred on March 6 around 11:30 p.m. in Charleston on Interstate 77 southbound past the 35th Street exit.
Between the years of 2006 and 2009, there were 120 alcohol-related fatalities per year on average, reportedly. The number of fatalities has decreased by nearly 23 percent from the yearly average during the preceding four years, according to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
On Nov. 20, 1968, an explosion in a Marion County coalmine cost 78 miners their lives. Now, on Nov. 6, a complaint has been filed by two individuals on behalf of the estates of all of those miners killed in the Farmington No. 9 mine disaster. They are suing Consolidation Coal Company and the estate of the mining company's chief electrician. The suit alleges that he intentionally caused a fan alarm system to become inoperable.
In West Virginia wrongful death cases, people whose negligence causes the death of another person may be held civilly liable to the family members of the victim. If the person whose negligence caused the injury was working for his or her employer in the course of his or her job at the time of the accident, the employer may also be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.
On Oct. 31, a Putnam Circuit Court Judge signed orders finding a former medical doctor civilly liable for $44 million in suits by 13 individuals. Amounts varied in each case. Many of the judgments were default judgments. The former physician was found to have performed negligent surgeries, surgeries for which he wasn't qualified, improper surgeries, unnecessary surgeries and surgeries without obtaining consent, as well as improperly using medical equipment.
A New Jersey driver is facing several serious charges after causing an auto accident involving four other vehicles. Three individuals reportedly suffered injuries, and the Lakewood man believed to have caused the multi-car collision was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated and other weapons-related violations.