Understanding Negligence in Personal Injury Cases

Countless personal injuries occur every day, but not all of them are viable cases for seeking financial compensation. For instance, if your injury is a result of your own negligence, you are the responsible party and thus cannot seek financial compensation from yourself. Personal injury claims do become viable against individuals and companies alike in common scenarios related to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, chemical exposure and toxic tort, defective products and many others. In order to achieve success, a skilled West Virginia personal injury lawyer must effectively assign the responsibility to the appropriate negligent parties.

Statute of Limitations in a Personal Injury

A statute of limitations is the period of time after an accident in which a person may take action with the intention to receive damages. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury which sets a time limit on when a person can file a personal injury claim. In West Virginia the statute of limitations is two years from the date the accident or injury occurred. If you believe you have a personal injury case it’s important that you file a claim sooner rather than later. Aside from the statute of limitations there may be time-sensitive evidence that should be collected as soon as possible. Our attorneys are well-versed in case investigation and litigation and are here to help you.

Proving Liability in an Injury Case

The level of a personal injury claims’ viability depends on key factors relating to the availability of evidence to support your attempts to assign liability to another. Medical malpractice and medical issues such as the development of blood cancers in gasoline haulers, rubber workers and others can be supported by work and medical records, for example, while motor vehicle accidents can rely heavily on eyewitness testimony and police documents as well as medical records. When liability is successfully assigned to the appropriate party, the matter of compensation becomes the priority and should cover any and all costs associated with recovery and suffering alike.

Hartley Law Group, PLLC is a personal injury firm that has worked for more than 40 years as an effective advocate for personal injury victims in all parts of West Virginia. Our firm has extensive know-how and experience with personal injury cases of virtually every kind. Although we are a group firm and can assist on a variety of issues, we prefer to keep our active cases to a minimum so that we can provide the highest possible level of service, with the highest possible return.


The potential for personal injury exists in virtually any scenario imaginable. When an accident is caused by a negligent individual or entity that fails to act in the appropriate manner to avoid an incident, that negligent party may be held responsible for the financial consequences of that injury. Whether stemming from a motor vehicle accident, a recreational accident or a workplace accident, victims throughout West Virginia can seek compensation for their injuries with the help of a skilled West Virginia personal injury lawyer.

Determining liability can seem simple at first glance, but the process of proving liability in the event of a personal injury may be quite a different story. Any legitimate personal injury claim should make a strong case for liability by identifying the injury and the cause of the injury and should then effectively show how the responsible party’s negligence led to the events. For instance, rubber workers who regularly work with benzene solvents that are used in conjunction with defective or poorly-maintained equipment can contract diseases like leukemia and other blood cancers. In this case, product liability may play a role if the defect is in the equipment, or the employer may be held responsible if the equipment was not maintained properly, thus causing increased exposure.

Seeking Personal Injury Compensation from Liable Parties

Seeking compensation from liable parties can be very challenging, especially when pursuing damages from corporations that employ high-powered attorneys for the sole purpose of combating these claims. At Hartley Law Group, PLLC, we are accustomed to working on hard cases. Our attorneys are dedicated to the task of achieving substantial gains in terms of financial compensation when you have suffered a personal injury at the hands of another. Our firm has built a strong record of success in over 40 years of practice by creating custom, proven approaches in court. We are adept at representing the needs of our clients in such a way as to compel the court to rule favorably, and can also make a strong case for settlement where appropriate.


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West Virginians maintain a reputation for being some of the most hardworking people in the country. Despite high standards in dangerous industries, toxic exposure is unfortunately quite common. For 40+ years, Hartley Law Group, PLLC has successfully represented individuals, helping them pursue deserved compensation even as they faced off against large corporations and insurance companies. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

If you’ve been exposed to harmful chemicals through work, or even suspect that these environmental toxins have resulted in a life-threatening disease, it’s time to call our firm. Our Wheeling personal injury attorneys focus specifically on toxic tort cases, and we limit the number of cases we take on to ensure that each client receives personalized attention and the backing of our full resources.

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