St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck, but luck can't save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, a day when 30-40% of vehicle accidents are caused by DUI.
Federal prosecutors are pursuing criminal charges against eight individuals accused of scamming insurance companies through a fraudulent car accident conspiracy scheme in three counties: Harrison, Taylor, and Marion, in West Virginia. The charges involve various violations of federal law, including mail fraud charges.
Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto parts maker, has agreed to pay $1 Billion after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud for concealing a defect in millions of its airbag inflators.
Congratulations to the attorneys, paralegals, and staff at the Robinette Legal Group PLLC for Jeff Robinette's inclusion in the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney's Top 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in West Virginia, 2016-2017. No one who achieves great success does it alone. Great work, team!
In contrast to the many Senate and House Bills before the West Virginia State Judiciary Committee in this 2017 Legislative Session that threaten to undermine the legal rights of every West Virginian, there are clarifications and additions that we can agree with in House Bill 2099 as introduced by Delegate McGeehan to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Proposed Tort Reform Measures in WV Threaten the Quality of Care for All Patients
The West Virginia State Code clearly states that the citizens of West Virginia are entitled to the best medical care and facilities available, and generally speaking, we have excellent health care in the larger cities of West Virginia including Charleston and Morgantown.
SB 277: Unnecessary, Unaffordable, and Wrong for West Virginia
With the current legislative session now under way, tort reform advocates have stepped up their efforts to push through legislation that will benefit corporate and insurance industry interests. One such piece of legislation, SB 277, calls for the establishment of an intermediate appellate court. For many years this type of legislation has been rightly rejected for a host of valid concerns, from prohibitive costs to stripping citizens of this state with a fair judicial system.
A Tribute to Our Military:
Woman Rushed to Hospital After Charleston, West Virginia Police Cruiser Crashes Into Vehicle
An elderly woman in Charleston, WV was hospitalized for injuries after her car was struck by a Charleston area Police Department vehicle. The officer driving was responding to an emergency burglary call, but had neglected to have his lights and siren on while exceeding the speed limit. This could have been due to a number of different legitimate reasons, but the end result was that an innocent woman was seriously injured and later died from those injuries.
Merry Christmas from your friends at the Robinette Legal Group PLLC!