WV Asbestos Victims – Protect Your Rights – Garlock Bankruptcy Settlement

Written by on June 23, 2015 in Asbestos, blogs, Mesothelioma

There have been a number of recent TV ads regarding Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC and The Anchor Packing Company about a “settlement” of their bankruptcy involving asbestos claims.  The Bankruptcy Court appointed the Asbestos Claimants Committee early in this case to protect the rights of all persons with current asbestos claims against Garlock or Anchor.  […]

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New West Virginia Law Designed to Help Patients After Hospitalization

Written by on April 10, 2015 in Asbestos, Mesothelioma

For decades, the attorneys here at Harvit & Schwartz have represented people who have contracted mesothelioma (meso) from exposure to asbestos as well as people who have suffered serious on-the-job injuries. These diseases and injuries often require hospitalization followed by medical treatment for extended periods of time. Now, thanks to West Virginia lawmakers, a new […]

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Harvit & Schwartz Helps Improve West Virginia Asbestos (Mesothelioma) Law

Written by on April 7, 2015 in Asbestos, Mesothelioma

As a firm that represents victims of asbestos related cancers and mesothelioma (meso), we were honored to be a part of the process to help improve SB411 so that current and future victims can retain their right to fight for compensation for their injuries. And we’re glad to say that the improved bill has become […]

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Caution West Virginia Mesothelioma (Asbestos) Victims – Revised Workers’ Compensation Law More Complicated than You Think

Written by on March 4, 2015 in Asbestos, Mesothelioma

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee passed a revision to laws allowing settlements of workers’ compensation cases. Until now, a worker could settle his/her claim, but he/she was not able to settle the claim for medical benefits. There was for a good reason for this. Previously, if you had been allowed to settle your claim […]

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West Virginia Bill Improved – Secondary Asbestos Exposure (Mesothelioma) Victims Still Protected

Written by on March 2, 2015 in Worker's Compensation

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee substantially improved SB411, the so-called Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act and Asbestos and Silica Claims Priority Act. While it is still our belief that no bill is or was necessary, the recent revisions substantially reduce the impact of the worst provisions of the bill. As we have stated, […]

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New Legislature Attempts to Suppress Rights of West Virginian Workers and Families

Written by on February 12, 2015 in Mesothelioma

Thousands of West Virginians have faced the terrible fate of contracting lung cancer or mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. The average person who gets a mesothelioma diagnosis has less than two years to live. Thankfully, those folks were at least able to exercise their right to fight for compensation from the companies that knowingly […]

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West Virginia Bill Threatens Workers’ Rights – Weakens Workers’ Compensation

Written by on February 5, 2015 in Worker's Compensation

There are many examples of horrible bills that get introduced in any session of the West Virginia legislature. However, nothing is more threatening to West Virginia workers than House Bill 2011, which destroys a worker’s ability to seek full compensation when an employer KNOWINGLY violates workplace safety laws. In its drive for “economic development” at […]

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Remembering Sago

Written by on February 2, 2015 in Mining Injury

January 2, 2015 marks nine years since the tragic accident at International Coal Group’s Sago Mine left 12 men dead. It took rescuers more than 40 hours to reach the trapped miners after an explosion trapped 13 men underground. Although the official cause of the explosion was never determined, investigators believed that with better safety […]

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