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West Virginia Legislature Restores Open And Obvious Doctrine

West Virginia courts have long utilized the same rule related to "open and obvious" hazards in cases involving premises liability. In fact, it was followed for over a century. The rule regarding "open and obvious" hazards states that a property owner is not legally responsible for injuries when an individual visiting the property encounters an open,

Automobile Insurance: Uninsured and Underinsured Coverage

West Virginia's financial responsibility statute is designed to set minimum compulsory coverages to which all insurance policies issued on motor vehicles are subject. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co., 181 W. Va. 609, 383 S.E.2d 791 (1989). In West Virginia, "Proof of financial responsibility" means proof of ability to respond in 

Can I Sue for Vaccine Injury?

With all the recent debate over vaccines, there's one point you may have heard from anti-vaccination proponents to back up their decision to not vaccine themselves or children: That you can't sue vaccine manufacturers for vaccine injuries.

Who's at Fault in a World of Self-driving Cars?

When driverless cars crash, who's at fault? The automobile maker? The software designer? The parts maker? The maps maker? Right now, it's anyone's guess. Attorneys speculate that, at first, anyone involved with the production of the car will be fair game until a court says otherwise. That means programmers, computer companies, software manufacturers, mapping companies, 

Five Mistakes People Make Handling their own Personal Injury Claim

There are many reasons why someone may try to settle their own insurance claim. They may think it's a pretty straightforward case, or they may have no idea that they can and should negotiate with their insurance company. They may believe they will save money by not hiring an attorney, or think they can't afford