Legally Speaking

Commercial Truck Collisions: Who's At Fault?

Mar 14, 2018 4:01:55 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Truck Accidents


Did you know that a commercial driver is not required to go to school to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL)?

That being said, it is extremely difficult to get a job or pass the required exams without attending some type of trucking school first.

There are a few options for receiving training: Enrolling in a private truck driving school or taking an employer apprenticeship. We’re here to weigh the pros and cons, as well as to discuss what you can do to steer clear of commercial truck collisions.

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Going on Spring Break? Don’t Get Distracted While Driving

Mar 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents, Distracted Driving


Are you and friends headed off to the latest hotspot for spring break? Are you planning on driving?

Read on to learn more about distracted driving risks, and tips to improve your driving.

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Types of Nursing Home Abuse to Watch Out For

Feb 21, 2018 10:08:37 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Personal Injury


A nursing home is a long-term facility that is supposed to be a safe and welcoming place where your elderly loved one can go when you are not able to take care of them.

Even though a nursing home can feel like a last resort, it may be the only place that can give your loved one proper, long-term medical attention.

It’s an unfortunate and sad day when your loved one has symptoms of elder care abuse, and we hope that your loved one does not have to experience this; however, it is a possibility.

Read on to learn commons types of nursing home abuse and what can be done to get justice for your loved one.

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West Virginia Car Insurance Coverage

Feb 14, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents


When dealing with car insurance, there are so many types of insurance that motorists may not know which one is the best for them.

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on what a motorist should be looking for and what each type of insurance means.

Read on to learn more about West Virginia car insurance coverage.

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What are Pros and Cons When Hiring Small Law Firms vs Large Law Firms?

Feb 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury


What are the pros and cons of dealing with small law firms vs large law firms?

Being involved in a car wreck or the victim of a professional negligence/medical malpractice claim is overwhelming. You’re scared, likely in pain, perhaps not working, and you really need someone who will fight for you. 

In your research on finding the best lawyer to handle your claim, should you consider whether to hire a small firm or a large firm? Might that be important to you? 

Read on to learn more.

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Can My Iphone Help Combat Distracted Driving

Jan 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


Distracted driving is a serious hazard to everyone driving on the road. Distracted driving consists of activities such as talking or texting on one’s phone, eating and drinking as well as doing anything that prohibits a person from keeping two hands on the steering wheel and paying attention.

Unfortunately, texting is the most common form of distracted driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 660,000 drivers who use cell phones while driving during the day.

Read on to learn more about how your cell phone can actually combat distracted driving.

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Do I Need a Lawyer if I Wasn't Hurt In a Car Wreck in West Virginia?

Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


If you weren't hurt in a car wreck, there's nothing to worry about, right? Think again. Even if you weren't hurt, you may be entitled to property damages.

There’s nothing more frustrating than being involved in a car accident. The accident is going to take multiple phone calls and a pile of paper work to resolve. And that’s if it’s a straightforward fender bender. 

It’s not uncommon for accidents to be far more complex, even if you weren’t personally hurt. For example, if one of your passengers, say a child, was hurt in the accident, it could be devastating.

Read on to learn what you need to consider what to do after a car accident. You’ll discover that you may need a lawyer even if you weren’t hurt.

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What are My Legal Rights When Injured at Work?

Dec 20, 2017 2:53:34 PM / by Stealey Law & Mediation posted in Personal Injury


When you’re injured at work, the last thing you want to do is be dramatic and create a scene, right? That’s just going to make you look bad in front of your boss and jeopardize your chances of a promotion or getting a raise. WRONG.

If you’re injured at work, you must let your boss know. A full report of the accident needs to be created immediately to ensure that you can receive benefits or medical treatment. Even if you don’t think you’re badly hurt, you must file the report. 

In addition to the report, take photos of any visible injuries after they happen and take photos of the area in which the accident occurred. If you’re unable to do this yourself, ask a trusted coworker. 

Remember, a reputable employer will not make you feel bad for filing a report — it’s designed to protect you both. Read on to learn more about what you should do if you are injured at work.

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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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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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