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Common legal terms a personal injury client might hear during a case

WHEELING – What may seem like common terms to attorneys may be unfamiliar to clients. Below are some examples of terms that clients might come across during the course of his or her case, so that they may better understand the case.

2017 was a year of wins for West Virginia

WASHINGTON – With the inauguration of President Donald Trump one year ago, America entered a new era of prosperity, hope and optimism. The president’s Make America Great Again strategy is putting American families first by creating jobs and growing our economy here at home.

Cuts at Supreme Court might look good at first, but will harm people

CHARLESTON – In a written response to questions about remodeling West Virginia Supreme Court justices’ offices — in a clear effort to change the subject and distract from the issue-at-hand — Justice Margaret Workman noted that, in the last year, the court has “already saved almost $8 million so far this year.” Justice Menis Ketchum wrote it was $7 million.

Stop opioids from claiming another generation

CHARLESTON – Opioid abuse is one of the greatest challenges facing our state and nation. Lives are cut short every day. Whether by heroin or prescription painkillers, opioids do not discriminate. These senseless deaths occur across all segments of the population.

Legislature needs to focus on these priorities in 2018

CHARLESTON – As we think about job creation in the new year, we note that private sector employment in West Virginia increased during 2017. Increases in employment can be attributed to growth in mining and logging, construction, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. Combined, these important sectors provided 8,100 new jobs for West Virginia workers.

Malpractice cap laws only help insurance companies

CHARLESTON – I read with interest the recent Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial on quality of life issues relevant to West Virginia’s law placing arbitrary caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, and I wanted to expand on your thoughts if I might.

The state Supreme Court needs a written policy about its furniture

A policy should be established and published so that the justices – and the citizens they work for – will know what it is.

Tax reform will boost United States' economy

CHARLESTON – West Virginians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned income. This is exactly what President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have planned for America.

West Virginia citizens deserve whole Supreme Court story

CHARLESTON – Many have heard or read about the renovations at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. News media have boiled this down to a “he said/he said” situation, but that ignores the clear and critical facts.

Protecting your personal information from identity theft

CHARLESTON – As the holiday season approaches, it becomes increasingly important for consumers to exercise caution to protect financial information.

Limiting damage caused by abusive class-action lawsuits

CHARLESTON – Manufacturing is essential to West Virginia’s economy, providing tens of thousands of jobs and more than $4 billion a year in exports. But there’s an import that threatens these West Virginia companies: Class action lawsuits.

Tax relief will help all West Virginians

WASHINGTON – The year was 1986, Ronald Reagan was president, the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl and Top Gun was the hit movie at the box office — and it was also the last time the federal government reformed the tax code.

President's tax plan will benefit West Virginians

CHARLESTON – President Donald Trump has demonstrated his commitment to helping West Virginia rescue our economy from the damage inflicted during the Obama administration.

A national response to the fentanyl epidemic

WASHINGTON – Last month, President Trump brought national attention to an issue affecting West Virginia more than any other state – the fentanyl and opioid crisis. By declaring a public health emergency, new resources and support will be coming to West Virginia to help stop drug trafficking and expand treatment for people struggling with addiction.

Human trafficking can happen here

CHARLESTON – When many hear the phrase “human trafficking,” they may think of people from abroad being smuggled into this country to work.

President Trump is right to decertify Iran deal

CHARLESTON – By decertifying the Iran deal, President Trump has taken an important step toward making the United States, and the world, a safer place.

DiTrapano leaves a rich, colorful legacy

When a man like Rudy DiTrapano, your legal mentor and friend, lives a full life for 89 years, you're naturally sad but you have an abiding sense of gratitude that he was around so long and so sharp until the very end. But some lives touch you and so many others in such profound ways that their death is especially noteworthy and significant. And you find yourself not willing to say good-bye silently. That’s the case with Rudy. I've got to publicly thank him and pay tribute to his incredible life.

The unauthorized practice of law

WHEELING – Each state has laws that prohibit the unauthorized practice of law. Generally, these laws restrict the practice of law to lawyers who are licensed by the state. Licensing requirements are not uniform, but they frequently require taking and passing one or more bar examinations and a background investigation as to the fitness of an individual to practice law.

Incentivizing change to combat opioid abuse

CHARLESTON – As the chief legal officers of our states, myself and other attorneys general are taking action on many fronts to fight the opioid epidemic. We recognize that the devastating cost of addiction demands an unyielding commitment that utilizes every tool at our disposal.

Understanding the importance of underinsured motorist coverage

WHEELING – Few things in the practice of law are as frustrating as having a client who needs help, deserves help, and yet can’t get that help. To make matters even worse, more often than not the dilemma is created by the client herself. Allow me to explain.