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$6M of Court Settlement Allocated to Support Rural Health Research in WV

A decade ago, the court case of William K. Stern, et. al. vs Chemtall, Inc., et al began. Plaintiffs in the case, which would eventually become a class action, were coal preparation plant workers and ...
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Lawsuit Filed for Contaminated Water in Boone Co., West Virginia

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC, along with Redman & Payne, PLLC recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of 98 individuals for property damage from coal sludge entering their well water. The Boone ...
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Pipefitter Files Suit against Axiall and Others Due to Chlorine Leak

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an employee of Simakas Company in the Circuit Court of Marshall County, West Virginia. The plaintiff, a union pipefitter out of ...
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Talc Powder Use Linked to Ovarian Cancer - Baby Powder Lawsuits on the Rise

Conventional wisdom regarding talc powder is that it's marketed as baby powder so it must be safe. However, recent lawsuits have alleged that long-term genital talc use is linked with ovarian ...
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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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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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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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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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What is a Toxic Tort?

A toxic tort is a particular type of personal injury lawsuit in which the injured person claims that his or her exposure to a chemical caused their injury or disease. People are typically exposed to a ...
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4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Toxic chemical exposure, particularly exposure that occurs on the job can cause life-altering, if not life-threatening injuries for the victim. Whenever someone's health, safety and wellbeing have ...
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South Carolina Mechanic Files Lawsuit Resulting from Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

Hartley & O'Brien along with The Bailey Law Firm recently filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of an automobile mechanic in Beaufort County, South Carolina Commons Pleas Court against various ...
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FELA & Railroad Injuries

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a United States federal law that gives interstate railroad workers that have been injured, sickened or killed during the course of their employment the ...
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Learn About Your West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys

If you are a West Virginian who has been injured because of another person’s negligence or carelessness, then you may be eligible for damages. For example, if you developed lung cancer because ...
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Developments in Benzene Research

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (or IARC) is an arm of the World Health Organization that is charged with investigating cancer, and particularly the disease's causes. IARC reviews ...
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