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How to Talk to Your Teen About Underage Drinking and Driving

Dec 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents


Talking to your teen about underage drinking is a challenging — but crucial — conversation. It can be difficult to have an open two-way conversation without making your teen feel like he or she is being lectured (and tuning you out).

Getting the tone of the conversation right is important, as is the timing. Chances are, your teen is being exposed to alcohol at a younger age than you’d think, so having this conversation early is key.

If your teen is starting to take driving lessons or is already a licensed driver, this conversation becomes even more vital to his or her safety. Alcohol-impaired driving is accountable for around one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.

Read on for our best tips to help you have an honest conversation with your teen about the consequences of drinking alcohol and operating a vehicle.

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What is Medical Malpractice? Click Here if You Think You Have a Case

Nov 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Medical Malpractice


Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say that medical errors should “rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States.” Due to errors and inconsistencies in tracking statistics, the numbers of reported cases of malpractice are inaccurate.


The researchers at Johns Hopkins estimate that there are actually more than 250,000 deaths due to malpractice each year. If this were the reported number, medical malpractice would be the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.


Read on to learn more about medical malpractice, including what may be considered malpractice, what you should do if you suspect it and how to get professional guidance.

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What to Do After a Car Accident That Wasn't Your Fault in WV

Nov 1, 2017 4:40:49 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


It’s every driver’s worst nightmare — you’ve been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault. Now, you have to deal with the insurance companies and find time to get your car repaired. Not to mention, you’re worried about getting adequate compensation for the damages to your car, your time and any injuries you may be suffering from.

In some cases, it can be extremely helpful to get a lawyer to work through the legal aspects of your case and work with the other driver’s insurance company on your behalf. This is especially true if you have sustained injuries as a result of the accident.

Insurance companies often do not offer fair settlements to compensate for your injuries and damages. You may not be aware of the damages you are legally entitled to recover. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can ensure you’re being fairly compensated.

Read on to learn what to do after a car accident that wasn’t your fault.

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I've Been Injured at Work. Can I Sue?

Oct 18, 2017 12:59:34 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Personal Injury


Experiencing an injury at work is terrifying. Wondering who you can trust, what to do next and what will happen is overwhelming. You may feel fearful for your financial future and worried about your health. These are normal feelings, but with the right resources and guidance, you will be able to protect yourself and your family.

Injuries can happen at any workplace; however, they are especially common in the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Farming
  • First Responders: Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS
  • Professional Drivers
  • Pilots and Flight Engineers
  • Mining
  • Logging
  • Health Care

If you have been injured at work and are unsure what to do next, keep reading.

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Medical Malpractice 101: Standards of Care and Your Legal Rights

Sep 21, 2017 12:35:00 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Medical Malpractice


Despite efforts to mitigate their occurrence, medical errors by doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers result in a significant number of injuries and deaths every year. It’s important to note that not every treatment that results in the degradation of the patient's condition(s) or in failure to restore health constitutes medical error or malpractice. Instead, malpractice occurs when there is professional negligence by healthcare providers or facilities.


Professional negligence by act or omission of a health care provider occurs when the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. In order to determine whether there was malpractice, the key issue is whether physicians and caretakers followed accepted standards of care.

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How Distracted Driving Impacts Personal Injury Cases in West Virginia

Sep 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Distracted Driving


Distracted driving has emerged as a disturbing trend that poses a serious threat — not only to preoccupied drivers, but to other drivers. Accidents caused by this unsafe practice have seen a major uptick in recent years due to the widespread use of smart phones while driving. Whether to text or post to social media, phone distractions are dangerous.

Although drivers of all ages may be guilty of driving while distracted, studies have found that teenage drivers are especially tempted to use their phone to snap photos or text from the driver's seat.

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Truck Accident vs. Car Accident Claims in West Virginia

Sep 12, 2017 2:25:17 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents


While automobile and truck accidents have many aspects in common with each other, in certain respects, they differ greatly. Due to the specialized knowledge required to successfully resolve these types of matters, it’s important that you hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of truck accident law if you’ve suffered an injury from an accident involving a truck.

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Welcome to "Legally Speaking" where we cover topics ranging from medical malpractice to distracted driving in personal injury cases. Jim was the co-host of a television program called "Legally Speaking" on Network West Virginia as well as a legal analyst for the local TV station and several radio stations. With 38+ years of experience, Jim Stealey provides client representation in a compassionate and dedicated manner. 

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