Frequently Asked Questions | Harvit & Schwartz – West Virginia Mesothelioma Attorneys


Do I have to pay any money to talk to you about my case?

No. Harvit & Schwartz offers a free initial consultation on personal injury cases. You can either visit us at our office or make arrangements to have us visit you. Please feel free to call us at (304) 343-4100 and set up a free consultation.


What is a personal injury case?

A personal injury case is defined by a person who is injured through the negligence or fault of another person, business, or entity. Common personal injury cases include motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, injuries caused by defective products, and injuries caused by unsafe buildings or properties.


How much is my personal injury case worth?

Until all of the information concerning your case is known, it is very difficult to predict the value of a case. In addition to the specific details of your case, factors including the extent of your injuries, the degree of negligence displayed by the defendant, and what similar cases have settled for will all affect the amount of your settlement.


My insurance company is offering to give me money for my injuries. Why should I hire a lawyer?

The insurance company makes money by keeping payouts as small as possible and processing claims as quickly as they can. This does not mean they are trying to cheat you, but working hard to get you the highest settlement possible will cost them more time and more money, so they have no incentive to do so. The personal injury attorneys at Harvit & Schwartz will take the time to thoroughly investigate your claim and maximize your compensation.


Does the law limit the amount of money I can get for my injuries?

The law allows you to be compensated for lost wages, medical bills, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses. There is a limit on the parts of your settlement that refer to specific dollar amounts, such as bills, but there is no limit on the amount of money that can be awarded for emotional suffering.


How long have you been practicing law?

Harvit & Schwartz was established in 1997.


What kinds of cases do you handle?

Harvit & Schwartz is one of the leading law firms in West Virginia representing individuals in mesothelioma and asbestos injuries, workers’ compensation, toxic tort, mining accidents, wrongful death and other serious injury cases.


Why do you practice law?

At Harvit & Schwartz, we believe corporations or persons that cause serious injury or death should be held responsible and that injured persons and their families should receive fair and just compensation. We are passionate about advancing justice and protecting the rights of our clients and we regularly publish and speak on areas of the law in the courts, the legislature, the press and legal journals.