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Blog Posts in 2014

Do I Have a Case for Nursing Home Negligence?

Do I Have a Case for Nursing Home Negligence? Nursing Home Neglect vs. Nursing Home Abuse While there are many similarities between nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse, there is a key ...
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Benzene Exposure: What It Is and What It Does

Many Workplace Environments Use Benzene Benzene is a solvent used in a variety of industrial operations. It is a naturally occurring chemical found in wild fires, volcanic eruptions, and other similar ...
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Radioactive Remains of Gas Drilling Dumped in West Virginia Landfills

In the natural gas industry, waste left over after horizontal drilling operations is colloquially referred to as "drill cuttings". These cuttings typically contain significant levels of ...
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Nursing Home Infections on the Rise

A recent Columbia University School of Nursing five-year study of infection rates in American nursing homes found that a greater percentage of residents are experiencing infections, many of which are ...
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Airborne Dust from Mountaintop Mining Linked to Lung Cancer in Nearby Communities

Researchers from West Virginia University's Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center have recently published findings that reveal a causal link between mountaintop mining operations and lung cancer rates ...
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Severe Form of Black Lung Returns to Threaten Appalachian Coal Miners

A severe incarnation of black lung disease, Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF), affects nearly ten-times more Appalachian coal miners today than it did in the 1970s. Recent data analysis from the ...
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Medical Malpractice Reform Has Little Effect on Healthcare Costs

It is a common idea: healthcare costs are so high because doctors are forced to order unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability in medical malpractice lawsuits. Although this notion is ...
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Types of Chemical Exposures and How to Prevent Them

How can you be exposed to dangerous chemicals? You may encounter any number of hazardous chemicals while on the job or at home. Safety education, training, warning labels, and instructions are readily ...
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Motion to Dismiss Denied in Railway Worker's Case

Recently, Hartley & O'Brien successfully opposed a motion to dismiss a railway worker's claim for improper venue. As we previously noted on this website, Hartley & O'Brien, along ...
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What to Expect in a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Take Immediate Action in Filing for a Claim When preparing to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit for mesothelioma, it is important to remember that each state has a statute of limitations for filing. In ...
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New Location in Charleston

Announcing Our New Location in Charleston Our goal at Hartley & O'Brien is to use our experience, history of successful case results, and numerous accolades to help our clients succeed. As ...
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Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC at the 2014 Debbie Green 5k

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC took part in the 2014 Debbie Green 5k: The Race for A Reason on Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Wheeling, WV. All proceeds of from the race will go to a local recipient who ...
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Do I Have a Case For Mesothelioma

Have you been exposed to dangerous chemicals? Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos can be a life-threatening and devastating condition. It can be difficult for patients to take legal action without ...
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Progressive Massive Fibrosis Among Coal Miners

The coal industry's importance to our area is well-known across the nation. We are known for the mining work that helps provide energy to the entire nation, as well as the hard-working men and ...
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Hartley & O'Brien Sponsors 17th Annual Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run / Walk for Leukemia

The 17 th Annual Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run / Walk for Leukemia will take place on August 1 - 2, 2014. The Green Mile will take place the first day at 7:00 p.m., while Debbie's Dash for children ...
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Hartley & O'Brien Prevails in Jones Act Case

Hartley & O'Brien recently prevailed on behalf of a tankerman in resisting a motion for summary judgment in an action brought under the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. § 30104). Plaintiff asserted ...
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West Virginia Railway Worker Brings Suit for Development of Rare Blood Disease After Chemical Exposure

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC, along with Johnstone & Gabhart, recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a railway worker employed by Railserve, Inc. who developed a rare blood disease called ...
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