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Legal problems, such as a divorce in Teays Valley, can be emotionally and financially devastating, but they don’t have to be. We represent people all across West Virginia and have handled hundreds of cases just like yours.
As a result, we have built a multitude of lasting relationships with our clients. We want you to be able to depend on us for the kind of swift, decisive legal advice that can make an enormous positive difference in your life.
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Certain professions tend to automatically elicit trust from the public: police officers, firefighters, and doctors. In the United States, medical errors and mistakes needlessly kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. This fact is frightening. What’s more, medical malpractice can occur when hospitals and doctors are more concerned with “business as usual” rather than improving patient care by taking steps to ensure preventable medical mistakes are not repeated.
Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses, or other healthcare providers give, or fail to give, care that falls below that which a reasonably prudent and safe healthcare provider would under the same or similar circumstances, resulting in unnecessarily harm to their patient. Examples of medical negligence include performing surgery on the wrong limb, incorrectly interpreting a radiology study (x-ray, CT scan, or MRI) which results in a delayed cancer diagnosis, and failing to timely act upon potentially dangerous laboratory results.
Medical malpractice cases are complex. In some cases, human error and poor patient outcomes are considered to be known and accepted risks and complications. Mistakes can and do happen. However, many medical mistakes are preventable and those mistakes’ consequences can be dire, if not fatal. If a healthcare provider has been negligent, he or she must be held accountable.
Medical malpractice victims should seek compensation for their injuries. The attorneys at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, at both our Charleston or Hurricane locations have extensive experience handling medical negligence cases, and can help establish the best course of action for each case. Every patient has different circumstances and deserves the individual attention The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates provides.
Few moments in life are as precious as the birth of a baby, and the moment cannot be recaptured once it is over. When a preventable medical mistake causes a birth injury, many people’s lives are permanently changed for the worse. Most birth injuries affect the child and his or her parents for the rest of their lives.
Rarely do the consequences of a birth injury go away when the mother and baby check out of the hospital. In fact, depending on the injury, the baby may not be able to check out when the mother does. This is usually the beginning of the significant financial obligations that must be paid, solely because of a healthcare provider’s mistakes. It seems logical to assume a doctor and hospital would take responsibility for the financial and other consequences they set in motion. Most times, however, they do not. The impact a preventable birth injury can have on a family include: loss of income, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and home modifications.
If you believe a doctor or hospital’s negligence caused a birth injury, which resulted in serious physical and financial damages, the attorneys at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, at either of our Charleston or Hurricane locations are ready to discuss your case. Mr. Van Bibber understands the emotional impact birth injuries have on a family, and has the experience necessary to handle even the most complex birth injury cases.
Many West Virginians entrust professionals at nursing homes throughout the state to provide their elderly loved ones the care they legally and morally deserve. It can be devastating to discover that a nursing home has abused or neglected a loved one. Some signs of nursing home neglect are subtle while others are alarmingly obvious. Either way, once nursing home abuse is suspected, the victim and his or her family can consider legal action to receive compensation for their injuries and damages.
Some instances of nursing home abuse occur when a nursing home is understaffed. Other types of nursing home neglect may include intentional psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse.
When visiting a loved one in a nursing home, pay attention to details. Signs of possible nursing home neglect may include unexplained weight loss, an unkempt and unclean appearance, bedsores, unsafe wandering, and depressed mood.
If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect and abuse, call The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates and put our extensive legal experience on your side. G. Wayne Van Bibber can help determine whether a nursing home has neglected or abused a resident. We understand how heartbreaking nursing home abuse cases can be. Call The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, at both our Charleston or Hurricane locations for a consultation, and to begin the process of righting a preventable wrong.
Slip and fall accident affect people of all age but particularly the young and the elderly. Property owners have an obligation to minimize risk to other people visiting the property. If property owners fail to take reasonable measures to ensure the premises is safe, they may be held liable for injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident. Some examples include of common slip and fall accidents include tripping due to poor lighting, falling due to unprotected ledges or stairways, and falls caused by spilled liquids.
Slip and fall accidents may only result in minor injury. In 30% of slip and fall cases, however, the victim’s injuries are significant enough to require medical attention.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, legal action may be warranted. G. Wayne Van Bibber has experience with accidental injury cases, and can help determine whether financial compensation may be recovered for injuries and damages suffered in a slip and fall accident. We can help determine the best course of action, including filing a lawsuit. The experience at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, at both our Charleston or Hurricane locations will also be instrumental in dealing with insurance companies if matters become complicated.
A car accident may be the last thought on someone’s mind when leaving work or heading to the grocery store. However, if an accident occurs, vehicle damage, insurance claims, and the car occupants’ safety become very important. Accidents are unpredictable and overwhelming, but The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates can help accident victims seek compensation for the injuries a negligent driver caused.
Drivers have a duty to use reasonable care when driving. In other words, drivers must exercise caution and be safe when sharing the roadway. When a car accident occurs, it is may be due to another driver’s negligence. Negligence is determined by the general expectations of driving behavior from a responsible driver in a similar circumstance. Some common causes of car accidents in Charleston or Huntington West Virginia include driving while on drugs or intoxicated, driving without a license, failing to stop at a red light, and failing to follow a leading car at a safe distance.
Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been injured in a car accident, seek legal advice from an experienced car accident attorney in Charleston or Hurricane West Virginia. The attorneys at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates are well versed in traffic law, and possess the skill to navigate each car accident case’s complexities. If an accident has occurred, The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, at both our Charleston or Hurricane locations is here to protect the victim’s rights.
Motorcyclists have a responsibility to themselves to wear helmets when operating a motorcycle on the road. However, even when legal and protective measures have been taken to ensure safe riding, accidents can happen. An accident’s details can be skewed depending on the circumstances in which the accident occurred. Thus, it is advisable for a motorcycle accident victim to obtain legal advice from an experienced attorney familiar with West Virginia motorcycle and motor vehicle laws before speaking with anyone, especially the other driver’s insurance company.
Results of a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic due to the driver’s vulnerability. All drivers must be observant and exercise caution when sharing the roadway with other vehicles. Head-on collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles often result in severe physical injuries, and, in some cases, fatalities, simply because of the lack of added protection a car offers. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, colliding with a motorcycle during a left-hand turn, unexpected lane-splitting, and reckless driving in hazardous driving conditions.
If a motorcycle accident results in physical injury, a personal injury lawyer can help the victim seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, at both our Charleston or Hurricane locations know West Virginia law relevant in motorcycle accident cases, and can provide a consultation regarding the individual aspects of each motorcycle wreck victim’s case.
Marriage is a legal and business union as much as it is a romantic one. Because marriage is a legal and business arrangement, it may be wise to consult with an attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations about the advantages of premarital and prenuptial agreements.
Many couples find it helpful to work through financial issues and the potential disagreements such issues can create before entering into a marriage.
Divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals. From a legal standpoint, divorce restores an individual’s right to marry someone else. The process also legally divides marital assets and debts and determines the care and custody of the children.
In West Virginia the overwhelming majority of divorces are granted on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. This is West Virginia’s version of a no fault divorce. Choosing to proceed on irreconcilable difference does not mean you are agreeing on anything other than the reason for the divorce. The parties are still free to contest all issues and present their evidence.
In most divorces, the primary issues to be decided are alimony or spousal support, property division, and, if there are children, child custody, visitation, and child support. When spouses agree on how to resolve these issues, they can usually obtain a divorce quickly. However, in many cases, divorcing spouses have disputes regarding their post-marriage financial arrangements and the care and custody of their children. Property division and alimony are often hotly contested issues in divorce proceedings, but the early advice of a Family Law attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations may be able to impact the ultimate result favorably.
The care and upbringing of children following divorce is often an ongoing source of conflict for divorcing parents. Custody must address both physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody involves how the court will allocate time with the child between the parents. Legal custody involves allocating the decision making authority for the child concerning various topics such as education and medical care.
If the parents are unable to agree on a custody arrangement the court determines one for them. In the past, courts routinely gave mothers physical custody and gave fathers visitation rights. Today, the Courts decision is supposed to be gender neutral and the percentage of time a parent receives is based upon the amount of time they spent caring for the child while the family was intact.
The advice and assistance of a Family Law attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations can help parents to establish child custody and visitation agreements that focus on the best interests of the children.
Parents must financially support their children. In West Virginia that obligation usually lasts until the child reaches the age of 18 and has graduated from high school. Child support can last until a child is 20 so long as they are still enrolled in high school and making progress toward a diploma. Physically or mentally handicapped children can receive support for life.
A parent who fails to remain current on his or her child support obligations faces significant penalties. Because several factors will determine the amount of child support, parents can benefit from the advice and involvement of a family law attorney at The Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates, PLLC at either our Charleston or Hurricane locations when child support issues arise
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G. Wayne Van Bibber, Attorney
Mr. Van Bibber is currently engaged in private practice in the areas of Personal Injury / Accident & Family Law / Divorce. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia and the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
The Law Office of G. Wayne Van Bibber & Associates is located in Hurricane, West Virginia in Putnam County. However, our firm accepts cases in Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell counties and throughout the State of West Virginia.
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