In West Virginia, coal is a significant part of the state’s history. Sadly, the abundance of natural resources is paired with natural asbestos sites throughout the state, exposing many West Virginians to its dangers.
Ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to secure a ride almost anywhere, at any time of the day. The popularity of these apps has revolutionized the transportation industry.
Asbestos contamination was found in products sold by the children’s retailers Claire’s and Justice, per a U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raising concerns of product liability. Claire’s, which filed for bankruptcy in March 2018, issued a recall of nine talc-based products in December 2017, after lab tests conducted by the Scientific Analytical Institute found that 17 products acquired from stores across the country contained asbestos (a naturally-occurring fiber which, when inhaled, has been proven to cause lung or mesothelioma cancer). Symptoms of asbestos exposure may not start for 10 to 40 years after exposure, but include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, persistent dry cough, chest pain, and others.
As car accident lawyers, we are fully aware of the car wreck epidemic in our state. West Virginia, the Mountain State, has a reputation for dangerous driving conditions and dangerous drivers. As a matter of fact, the state is home to one of the highest rates of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities in the country. The state has a rugged terrain and many rural roads, but there is also a high rate of drug abuse. Compounding the problem further, the opioid epidemic has also impacted West Virginia, and drugged driving is a major problem. Another major problem is negligent driving, such as texting while operating a vehcile. These problems are even more dangerous in a state like West Virginia, with unpredictable weather and many winding, rural roadways.