James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., is a premier law firm that gets results in personal injury and wrongful death cases. We handle all of the legal details for our clients, but we always take the time to help them understand their rights and options.
We encourage you to read the articles below and learn more about notable cases, new laws, medical studies and other issues that affect personal injury cases:
- Understanding the devastating effects of asbestos exposure in West Virginia Asbestos exposure can lead to lifelong, devastating ailments such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and other lethal respiratory ailments. Often, the symptoms do not surface until many years after exposure.
- Transvaginal mesh can lead to serious, lifelong damage: Defective surgical mesh can cause uterine erosion, painful inflammation and scarring. A jury awarded one woman who suffered all of these $3.35 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson.
- The complicated nature of multidistrict transvaginal mesh litigation: Manufacturers shipped batches of faulty mesh for use across the nation. This results in many cases in many jurisdictions. "Bellwether" trials help reduce some of the complications created by multijurisdictional litigation.
- Amid recalls, questions about metal-on-metal hip implants: After these implants hit the market in the early 2000s as the best and most durable option, the medical community quickly learned that the opposite was true.
- Heart defibrillator defect responsible for 22 deaths: Riata and Riata ST are defibrillator devices many hospitals relied on to "jump start" a patient's heart. Many of these devices short-circuited, leaving doctors without the tool necessary to save 22 people in emergency situations.
- Understanding faulty transvaginal mesh: What is transvaginal mesh? Why is it so dangerous? What problems does it cause? Read more about why the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to physicians.
- An overview of the Gillon case against CSX: Understand the terms of your settlement offer, because you could sign away your rights to future compensation.
- Menopausal hormone replacement therapy increases cancer risk: Studies show that combined estrogen and progestin supplements can make some women more susceptible to heart disease, breast cancer, stroke and other serious medical conditions.
- Family recovers $5.25 million in birth injury settlement: Cesarean sections can save a baby's life, but timing is everything. Waiting too long can cause irreparable damage and be considered negligence.
- Study finds treadmill therapy may help those with spinal cord injuries: Inflammation is a problem after a spinal cord injury, causing damage in places far away from where the initial trauma occurred. Could treadmill therapy help patients regain function faster?
Seven West Virginia workers injured in explosion: An explosion in Doddridge County reminds us that safety is a must on gas well drilling pads. Workers who suffer serious burns deal with significant physical, mental and emotional pain in addition to financial damage.
- West Virginia enacts new law to combat the dangers of distracted driving: Talking and texting pull a driver's attention away from the road ahead. What did lawmakers do to reduce the number of accidents distracted driving causes?
- Questions raised over safety of anticoagulant drug Xarelto: Actos is not the only dangerous blood thinner on the market. Xarelto is one of the top 10 most dangerous drugs.
- Woman launches asbestos lawsuit following husband's death: Many workers across West Virginia are exposed to asbestos. Frequency does not make it OK. Every injured worker or surviving family member has the right to seek compensation.
- Coping with the effects of a TBI after an accident in West Virginia: Living with a traumatic brain injury is not easy or cheap, but compensation can help victims get access to the resources they need.
- West Virginia Senate passes Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act: Trust funds help pay the many asbestos-related claims that are filed each year. New legislation could help protect the funds against insolvency.
- Mild brain injuries linked to higher risk of dementia in older adults: As we age, our bodies become less able to deal with trauma, and even mild brain injuries can cause serious harm for seniors.
- Report: Maternal mortality in the United States "unusually commonplace": Birth injuries are not only suffered by the baby. Physicians can make mistakes that harm the mother, and they occur more often than you may think.
- Overly tired drivers pose a serious risk on West Virginia roads: Fatigue can impair drivers in much the same way as alcohol. Yet, many drivers do not pull over when they feel tired.
Car crashes and distractions examined in new study: Researchers found wrecks were more likely to occur when drivers were distracted, plus certain activities, including using cell phones, were extremely risky.