West Virginia And Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Did someone's negligent driving result in your injury?

There is really no way to know whether you'll safely arrive to your destination when you get behind the wheel to drive Kentucky's roadways. However, if you adhere to traffic and safety regulations, your chances of remaining unscathed during travel definitely increase. You can also reasonably expect all other drivers nearby to do the same. The problem is that, there is a chance that some motorist with whom you're sharing a roadway will be distracted, reckless or otherwise negligent.

Witnessing certain driving behaviors should definitely cause you concern, such as if a car is weaving in and out of its lane. Then again, a collision can occur so suddenly and unexpectedly that have zero time to safely react to avoid it. If that happens, you might be the one who suffers injury. That's why it's so important to know ahead of time where to seek support if a problem arises.

Where you start in a divorce case makes a difference

West Virginia and Kentucky residents who are contemplating moving forward with a divorce probably have a lot of questions that they feel they need answers to first. A deliberate approach is a good idea when it comes to divorce, as there are few other lifetime events that can have such a significant impact on you and your family. Where you start in a divorce case makes a difference.

In the beginning of a divorce case, you'll need to figure out what your ultimate goals are in the case. For example, for many people who are going through a divorce that involves minor children, the custody of those children is paramount, as is obtaining an order for child support. On the other hand, for those who do not have children, the primary concern in a divorce case is usually the division of assets and debts, as well as alimony.

The right defense approach to DUI charges

Being arrested on a drunk driving charge can be a scary situation for Kentucky and West Virginia residents. Local law enforcement officials take DUI charges quite seriously, as they know the danger that drunk driving presents to others on the roadways. However, a charge is not the same as a conviction. Every criminal defendant in America is entitled to the presumption of innocence, until and unless proven guilty.

That presumption is the bedrock of every criminal defendant's defense strategy, but there is more that must be done. Any given case will have a different approach to the best way for the defendant to present a case against conviction or, in some cases, to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution. Deciding on the right defense approach to DUI charges can have life-long implications.

The basics of a medical malpractice claim

Our readers in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky may know already that medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult to pursue. But, that doesn't mean that such claims shouldn't be aggressively pursued when a victim's life has been turned upside down by the negligent or reckless conduct of a medical professional. Our readers may benefit from understanding some of the basics of a medical malpractice claim.

Although the facts and details of a medical malpractice case can be considerably more complicated due to the various medical terms involved and the need for expert witnesses, the fact is that the basic structure of a medical malpractice claim is very similar to other personal injury claims. Victims must prove the following elements: "duty"; "breach"; "cause"; and "damages." Those four words will be heard over and over again in any personal injury lawsuit, including medical malpractice cases.

Six-vehicle crash leads to injuries and shuts down interstate

Our readers may have seen reports about a car accident scene on Interstate 64 that occurred recently and which had a large-scale impact on traffic in the westbound lanes. According to the reports, the accident occurred on September 19 during the evening commute hours in Kanawha County.

The reports indicate that law enforcement officials who investigated the crash scene determined that the chain reaction accident scene was caused by a driver who was reportedly speeding and driving erratically, and who "cut across" traffic. It appears that up to 10 vehicles were involved in the ensuing calamity, with the accident scene shutting down traffic and backing other cars up for almost four miles. When it was all said and done, the reports indicate that three vehicles involved in the collision had to be towed away from the accident scene and two people were transported for medical care due to injuries suffered in the collision. The initial reports did not include any details about the severity of the injuries.

West Virginia sees big decrease in drunk driving fatalities

These days, our readers are probably used to seeing more news articles about distracted driving and the impact that behavior is having on our country's roads than they are used to seeing news articles about drunk driving. And, there may be some valid reasons for that - distracted driving is seemingly on the rise throughout the entire country. However, according to one recent report, the number of drunk driving fatalities is decreasing in some states, including West Virginia.

According to the recent report, West Virginia is the state that has seen the second biggest decrease in the number of drunk driving fatalities over a 17-year span from 2000 to 2017, just behind Minnesota, which saw the largest decrease. The report states that in 2000 there were 159 fatalities caused by drunk driving in West Virginia. In 2017, that number had dropped all the way to 72, representing a nearly 55 percent drop.

What are the most likely car accident injuries?

A car accident has the potential to completely change a person's life. Besides the damage done to a vehicle, it could result in an injury that lasts for the rest of a person's life. The injury could impact the person's health, finances and career.

If you've been hurt in a car accident in West Virginia or Kentucky, you may know all too well what kinds of injury may result. There are several common injuries a person can get in a car crash. They each carry different levels of risk and recovery.

A serious and comprehensive approach to personal injury claims

Being involved in a sudden and unexpected accident can be devastating for any resident of Kentucky or West Virginia, as well as their family members. But, unfortunately, personal injury accidents are all too common in America. Car accidents, in particular, happen every day, while other incidents such as injuries from defective products and dangerous property conditions are also common. When a person is injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, a personal injury claim in civil court may be an option.

Why should a victim of negligence suffer the financial repercussions of such an incident? Victims may face large and unexpected medical bills, in addition to lost time at work which can result in a loss of income. In a personal injury claim, one of the key parts of the case is to prove exactly how a victim has been impacted financially by the accident and the associated injuries.

What are the steps in a divorce case?

Some of our readers in Kentucky and West Virginia may be going through tough times in their marriages and are thinking about the pros and cons of filing for divorce. However, most people who find themselves in this type of situation have quite a few questions. For starters, what are the steps in a divorce case?

Well, obviously the first step - and the biggest step - is actually making the decision to go through with a divorce. This major decision is life-changing. However, in many cases, getting a divorce is better than staying in a relationship that is simply not as rewarding as it used to be or, at its worst, might be abusive or neglectful. To initiate a divorce case, the proper documents must be filed in a divorce court and served - verifiably delivered - to your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Avoiding pitfalls when it comes to complicated divorce issues

Our readers in West Virginia and Kentucky probably know that divorce cases can oftentimes involve complicated issues, which, in turn, can lead to strong emotional responses.

However, no matter how difficult or emotionally taxing a divorce case can be, when people keep their eyes on the goals at hand they can be successful in avoiding many of the pitfalls that are sometimes associated with divorce cases.

Honors & Memberships

Jon has received several honors for his work by his peers and the legal community.

One Of America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys: In 2019, Jon D. Hoover was selected among America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys. Attorneys must be invited for selection. Invitations are reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice matters. With high standards for selection, less than 0.5 percent of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys 2019 Top 100
  • Nation’s Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury | NAOPIA
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • National academy of family law attorneys | NAFLA
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rated For High Professional Achievement
  • American academy of trial attorneys | AATA | Premier 100
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
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