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August 2015 Archives

Can mesothelioma be prevented?

People often expect dangerous things to be open and obvious. However, in many situations, dangerous property conditions are not something that are immediately apparent. In the case of asbestos, it may actually be completely hidden. Asbestos was a construction material used for several decades before its dangerous properties were discovered. While it was useful in creating fire-resistant materials , when broken up and inhaled, it can cause a dangerous cancer called mesothelioma.

Premises liability is simple concept, but cases can be complex

Premises liability law arises out of the idea that when people go onto someone else's property, they expect not to get injured. Because of that expectation, the property owner has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that his or her property is safe for other people. Accordingly, if the landowner fails to meet this obligation and someone gets injured on the property as a result, the owner might be legally liable for that person's injury-related damages.

Man alleges wrongful death against W.Va. nursing home

Excluding visitors and staff, most people only go to a nursing and rehabilitation center when they absolutely have to. For example, when elderly people are no longer able to care for themselves, a nursing facility would be a place where trained professionals could care for them. Likewise, if a person is suffering from some kind of long-term illness, or recovering from a traumatic injury, he or she might have to check into a nursing and rehabilitation center for some kind of extended treatment.

Checkpoints aim to curb drunk driving accidents

Every year, too many people lose their lives or suffer serious injuries on West Virginia's roads. Data from the West Virginia Department of Transportation shows that in 2014, a total of 272 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Through July 15 of this year, 131 people have died on the state's roadways. Like many other states in the country, authorities in West Virginia try to do what they can to help cut down on these accidents.

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