Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you’ve probably been advised to hire a personal injury attorney. Despite the advice of others, you may still be wondering how a lawyer can actually help in your situation.

At Cranston & Edwards, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys have the legal acumen necessary to build a strong case. We understand what is needed to prove liability in an injury case, and recover the compensation you deserve.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month! As warm, sunny days are becoming more frequent and more motorcycles are out as a result, it is the perfect time for all drivers to think about how to safely share the road.

Motorcyclists and drivers behind the wheel of a car (or truck) can follow simple precautions to make the roads safe for all drivers.

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Asbestos Found in Claire’s Cosmetics Products Raises Product Liability Concerns

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.

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West Virginia Car Accident Statistics

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.

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Increase in Drugged Driving Fatalities in West Virginia

West Virginia has a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic and, with it, a surge of drugged driving arrests. Per data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), West Virginia alone has some of the nation’s deadliest drugged drivers. Statistics show there are 2.33 fatal drug-related car wrecks per 100,000 residents in West Virginia.

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Imerys Talc America Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Amidst an increasing number of talc-based claims filed against the company, Imerys Talc America Inc. and two of its subsidiaries, Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. Imerys supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson, Inc., and both companies are facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that the talc used in products were contaminated with asbestos, causing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in users.

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West Virginia Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Imagine a driver receives a text, the road ahead of them looks clear, so they grab their phone, read the message, and send a quick reply. It takes only a few seconds for them to do this, but when they return their attention to the road, they see that the person in front of them has decelerated to avoid some debris. Having had their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, and their focus off driving, the distracted driver has no time to react to the unexpected road hazard and slams into the car in front of them.

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