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Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injuries

If you have been catastrophically injured or your loved one has died as a result of the conduct of another, it is important that you promptly speak with an attorney that has experience handling wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims.  Oftentimes, insurance companies, corporations and other entities immediately begin their investigation of any injury and have investigators on scene to secure favorable evidence.

mine-mapWhile many cases settle outside of court, the importance of having a lawyer who is not afraid to take the case to trial cannot be understated.  Barney Law PLLC has been involved in the handling of wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases including, but not limited to:

  • The death of a worker who fell due to unsafe railing at a power plant
  • The death of a worker who was injured after a logging skidder’s brake system failed
  • The death of a child as a result of inadequate supervision by the State
  • The death of a person as a result of unsafe steps and handrails
  • The death of an automobile passenger as a result of the negligence of a landowner
  • The catastrophic injury of a child as a result of unsafe monitoring
  • The catastrophic injury of an underground miner as a result of a rib roll
  • The catastrophic injury of a surface miner as a result of a high wall failure
  • The catastrophic injury of a surface miner as a result of an unsafe miner
  • The catastrophic injury of a worker as a result of unsafe brakes on a front-end loader
  • The catastrophic injury of a correctional officer as a result of an unsafe gun range condition
  • The catastrophic injury of a worker as a result of unsafe brakes on a grader
  • The catastrophic injury of a worker as a result of unsafe work methods related to oil leakages
  • The catastrophic injury of a worker where the employer failed to provide proper personal protective equipment
  • The catastrophic injury of a worker as a result of being exposed to chemicals

In some circumstances, cases end up in front of courts, including the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, with courts being required to rule on questions of law.  Mark Barney has experience handling questions of law in both state and federal courts.  See Young v. Apogee Coal Co., LLC, 232 W. Va. 554, 555, 753 S.E.2d 52, 53 (W.Va. 2013)(amicus curiae); Deloach v. Appalachian Power Co., No. 3:10-1097, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138198 (S.D. W. Va. Nov. 30, 2011); Gibson v. Argus Energy, LLC, No. 3:10-0725, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50209 (S.D. W. Va. May 10, 2011); Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Tyree, No. 12-0455, 2013 W. Va. LEXIS 741 (W.Va. Sup. Ct. June 24, 2013)(memorandum decision).


If your loved one has died as a result of the conduct of another or if you have suffered a catastrophic injury, call Barney Law PLLC today for a free consultation.