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Friday, August 26, 2016

What is Premises Liability Law?

People who have been injured due to the negligent actions of a property owner are protected under premises liability law in Fayetteville. This area of law holds shopkeepers, business owners, and building managers, among others, responsible for the condition and safety of their premises. Under premises liability law, patrons and visitors who are injured due to unsafe conditions may seek compensation with the help of an experienced Fayetteville premises liability attorney.
There are many situations that can be covered under premises liability law, including:
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Negligent security
  • Dark or dangerous stairways
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Shoddy maintenance
  • Uneven or slippery flooring or sidewalks
  • Inadequate weather maintenance
  • Defective handrails or guardrails
Premises liability law is a complex area of personal injury law that has specific criteria that must be met in order to have a successful claim. In order to collect compensation, you and your premises liability attorney must be able to prove that the property owner was in possession of the premises at the time of your injury, and that your injury was the direct result of a dangerous condition on the property. You also must prove that the property owner or landlord should have reasonably known of the dangerous situation, but failed to repair it or adequately warn patrons or visitors.
To schedule a free case evaluation the Fayetteville premises liability attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore, please call (304) 252-2207 today.

posted by Admin at 7:23 PM

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seeking Compensation For Accident Injuries

A serious accident has many different consequences. Everyone understands that victims suffer serious injuries and that those injuries cause severe pain. But the tragic reality of such accidents is that the pain is financial as well as physical.
Our West Virginia accident attorney understands this. We understand that as the victim of an accident, you're facing staggering bills. As the victim of someone else's negligence, you shouldn't have to pay these expenses yourself.
In your position, compensation isn't a luxury- it's a necessity. Every case is unique, and no attorney can promise you a specific verdict or monetary settlement. But our lawyers can usually pursue compensation for:
·       Medical bills
·       Pain and suffering
·       Property loss
·       Loss of potential future earnings
·       Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
We know how serious your personal injury is, and we will treat your case accordingly. The compensation we pursue will be determined by the specific circumstances of your case, and you can always rely on us to make decisions based on your best interests.
If you've been the victim of an accident in West Virginia, you need our experienced attorneys. Please call Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC today at 855-375-4900 for a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 5:33 PM

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Choosing the Right Accident Attorney

When you are dealing with any accident, the added pressure to find the right accident attorney can be intense. Of course you can ask for referrals from family and friends who have been through similar situations, but how can you know that what was right for them will be best for you too?

Three Important Factors

Finding the name of an experienced accident attorney is the simple part. Here are three things to consider when you have an attorney in mind:
  • Experience:  Even if an attorney has been practicing for decades, he may not have the right kind of experience. Make sure the attorney you choose has significant experience handling cases like yours and is willing to do what it takes to go up against insurance companies.
  • Credentials:  Investigate your attorney’s credentials like board certifications, peer ratings from other attorneys, ratings from professional organizations, awards, and community involvement. Find out about his or her track record for taking cases to trial and settlements awarded in similar cases.
  • Communication:  The most skilled and experienced attorney isn’t right for you if you can’t openly communicate. Make sure your attorney treats your case like it is as important to him or her as it is to you. You need personal attention from your attorney, not from a staff of paralegals. Make sure your calls and emails receive the attention they deserve and that your attorney will answer all of your questions.
To schedule a free case evaluation with West Virginia accident attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore, please contact us today at (304) 252-2207 to schedule a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 6:37 PM

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

If you or a loved one has been through a serious accident, money may be the last thing on your mind. However, the costs of recovery can be more than simply psychological and physical healing. Financial compensation can provide critical resources and accommodations while you go through the process of recovery. When you are ready to discuss the financial possibilities of your accident, the skilled personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC, are here to help.
Personal injury law is a complex area of law that necessitates a thorough understanding of local, state, and federal statutes. Under the law, provisions are made for financial compensation to cover:
  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing care expenses
  • Loss of limbs
  • Property damage or loss
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
While insurance companies are supposed to compensate victims and protect them from financial devastation after injury, they are sometimes more interested in protecting their own assets. If you are struggling with your insurance claim following an accident, please contact our experienced Fayetteville personal injury lawyers at Hewitt & Salvatore today at (304) 252-2207 to schedule a free consultation.

posted by Admin at 1:53 PM

Monday, June 27, 2016

Drive Safely During National Safety Month

Every year the National Safety Council holds National Safety Month observations in the U.S. Each week of June is dedicated to an area of safety that affects people across America with a distinct theme. The last week of June is themed, “Share Roads Safely” to raise awareness about the auto accident risks that our auto injury lawyer sees all too often in practice.
There are 3 major causes of auto accidents that account for more than 35,000 fatalities and countless catastrophic injuries each year:
  • Alcohol – Despite years of public education campaigns, drunk driving continues to be a leading cause of auto accident injuries and fatalities. With new options like Uber and Lyft, arranging a ride has never been easier. There is simply no excuse for drunk driving.
  • Speeding – Posted speed limits are carefully designed to respond to the conditions present in each area. It may not be immediately clear why a particular location has a speed limit set low, but conditions dictate safe limits.
  • Distracted driving – Distractions are on the rise as technology becomes ever more integrated into our daily lives. Young drivers are particularly vulnerable to distractions from cell phones, music devices, and other passengers, often with devastating consequences.
If you have been in an accident and are looking for experienced legal assistance, please call the West Virginia auto accident lawyers at Hewitt & Salvatore at (855) 375-4900 to schedule a consultation.

posted by Admin at 1:55 PM

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Types of Accident Claims We Cover

At Hewitt & Salvatore, we understand that accidents happen, but sometimes they simply aren’t your fault. When faulty products are put on the market, drivers are reckless, or property is left in a state of neglect, you can’t always avoid being put in harm’s way. When accidents happen as a result of someone else’s negligence and you are subsequently injured, you deserve to be fairly compensated for the physical and financial damage you suffer. Our Beckley accident attorney can help. We cover many types of accident claims, including:
  • Slip and fall accidents (such as on the job or in public places)
  • Automobile accidents (involving passenger vehicles)
  • Truck accidents (involving 18-wheeler, semi, or tractor trailer trucks)
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Workplace accidents
With extensive experience pursuing compensation for all types of personal injury victims, our accident attorneys can make sure your case is handled the right way and in the right time to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. Financial compensation from the party responsible for your accident can cover medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, loss of ability to work, loss of limbs, loss of relationships or companionship, and many other areas. 
If you need an experienced Beckley accident attorney, contact Hewitt & Salvatore today at (304) 252-2207 to schedule your free case evaluation.

posted by Admin at 2:57 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Common Labor Law Violations

Even with the best jobs, there may be times when you feel something isn't quite right with your employment conditions, but you aren’t sure if something is actually wrong. Even though there are labor laws in place to protect employees, sometimes employers may not even be aware a violation of labor law is occurring. To find out if your rights are being violated, you should seek the counsel of an experienced West Virginia labor law attorney.

Some of the most common types of labor law violations include:
  • Overtime pay - Regular employment workweeks are 40 hours. Time worked beyond 40 hours automatically qualifies as overtime and should be paid as such. Many violations happen when overtime has to be approved, but is not reported.
  • Minimum wage – With the exception of certain job groups, such as tipped employees, full-time students, or disabled workers, the minimum wage in your state (or the federal wage if higher) must be paid.
  • Vacation time - While employers are not required to offer vacation time, if they do, it becomes part of your overall compensation. If you left a job with vacation time still not taken, you are due to be compensated for that time.
  • Vacation time policies - Some employers have a policy that states if you don't use vacation time in one calendar year, it doesn't roll over to the next year (“use it or lose it”). In some states, this policy is illegal.
  • Other work done - Time spent doing work beyond your normal work duties (such as working through lunch, changing into a uniform, cleaning up at the end of the day) is also time you should be getting paid for.
If you are in need of a West Virginia labor law attorney, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore today at (304) 574-0272 in Fayetteville/Oak Hill or at (304) 252-2207 in Beckley/Bluefield to schedule a free and informative case evaluation.

posted by Admin at 11:59 AM