Personal Injury

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 working knowledge of toxic tort claims. With legal guidance from an experienced personal injury lawyer, you may be able to move your case forward with […]

West Virginia Railway Worker Brings Suit for Development of Rare Blood Disease After Chemical Exposure

Hartley Law Group, 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 hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) after being exposed to a number of chemicals while moving and loading railway cars at DuPont’s Belle Works in Kanawha County, West […]


Deborah Harris filed suit against CSX Transportation, Inc. asserting that her deceased husband’s work on the railroad, and particularly his exposure to diesel exhaust, caused his development of multiple myeloma and ultimate death. CSX moved to exclude Mrs. Harris’ expert witnesses, asserting that they did not follow a proper methodology and “good science” in concluding […]

Multimillion Dollar Verdict in Medical Negligence Case

Hartley Law Group attorney Mark R. Staun and co-counsel Kathryn R. Bayless of Princeton, West Virginia obtained a $2,222,847.87 verdict against Orthopedic Surgeon Walid Azzo, M.D. in the Circuit Court of Mercer Counter, West Virginia. The injured victim, Willie Havens, was treated with a short leg cast by Dr. Azzo for a simple non-displaced fracture […]

NIOSH Finds Fracking Workers Exposed to Excessive Silica Dust

Crystalline silica, which is found in most types of rock and becomes airborne as dust, has been associated with serious diseases for many years. As early as 1974, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated the available information on the health effects of silica, and described reports of the potentially fatal lung […]

R. Dean Hartley to Speak at National Benzene Conference

R. Dean Hartley, a frequent speaker on benzene and evidentiary issues, has been asked to speak at the upcoming Harris Martin National Benzene Litigation Conference to be held in Chicago on September 19 & 20, 2013. Dean’s topic will cover the practical aspects of intentional tort claims in the benzene setting including the interplay of […]

Ohio Family Files Lawsuit Against Nursing Home for Wrongful Death

Hartley Law Group recently filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit on behalf of an Ohio family in Marshall County, West Virginia Circuit Court as a result of the care a family member received at a local nursing home. During her residency at the nursing home, the decedent was allowed to develop wound infections, including infected […]

W. Va. State Screen Printer Files Lawsuit Resulting from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) Diagnosis

Hartley Law Group along with The Segal Law Firm and Warner Law Offices recently filed a civil lawsuit in Marshall County, West Virginia Circuit Court on behalf of a screen printer employed in the West Virginia Division of Highways sign shop. Prior to his employment with the State of West Virginia, plaintiff had previously worked […]

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 chemical substance from either pharmaceuticals, consumer products, from toxic substances in the environment or the home, or from chemical […]

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 well being have been adversely affected by such a situation or another preventable accident, it’s absolutely vital that the injured work with an attorney who is uniquely qualified to handle […]