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Stuart Calwell Appointed Interim Class Counsel in Water Contamination Case

Stuart Calwell, one of the founding members of Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, has been appointed interim class counsel in Charleston’s high-profile water contamination lawsuit.  In March, multiple class action lawsuits pertaining to water contamination in the city were filed against several defendants, including American Water Works Company, Chemstream, Eastman Chemical Company, J. Clifford Forrest, Freedom… Read More »

What Can I Do If I Think Groundwater Is Making My Family Sick?

Everyone has the right to enjoy clean drinking water. Water should be free from disease and pollutants, and in most cases it is. Local government units strive to provide us with this most basic of human needs. West Virginia, however, is home to a number of large corporations in heavy industries that cause pollution. Many… Read More »

Mine Safety and Health Administration Proposes New Regulations to Curb Black Lung

Black lung disease is too familiar to many West Virginia families. When speaking of black lung disease, it is useful to remember that it is actually a common name used to describe any lung disease that results from inhaling coal dust. It is deceptive in that the sufferer may not be aware that he has… Read More »

What Is Malignant Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare but very serious type of cancer. Mesothelial cells line your lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs and create a layer of lining called the mesothelium. A tumor of that tissue is called mesothelioma, which can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). While genetic factors and environmental factors can lead to… Read More »

Know the Symptoms of Poisoning

Unfortunately, children face a very high risk of unintentional poisoning. Recently, two young siblings from Albuquerque, New Mexico tested positive for lead poisoning from makeup purchased from Afghanistan. The older child’s blood contained 27 micrograms of lead per deciliter, which is more than five times the level the Centers for Disease Control considers dangerous. The younger… Read More »

Can Pesticides be Harmful to Your Health?

With the multitude of products on the market to prevent pesky bugs, we often overlook the possibility that pesticides can be dangerous, but they can be very harmful to your health. According to a recent study, people with genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s disease have an increased risk of developing the neurodegenerative disorder if they… Read More »

What Are The Legal Requirements For Filing A Class Action Lawsuit?

The staggering awards recovered in class action lawsuits have captured the imagination of the press and the media. On almost a daily basis, newspaper headlines trumpet the results of the latest class action victory. Movies have been made championing the cause of the little guy taking on corporate behemoths in class action lawsuits designed to… Read More »

Be Aware of Potential Prescription Problems Lurking in Your Medicine Cabinet

Pharmacies are supposed to help patients heal, but in many cases, the pharmacy causes more harm than good. Recently, a 6-year-old Texas girl died after her pharmacy allegedly gave her a medication dose that was 10 times higher than intended. This was a tragic accident that could have easily been avoided with more diligent pharmacy… Read More »

What Can I Do If I Was Injured In A Workzone Accident?

Road construction ahead. Be prepared to reduce speed. You have seen the signs and perhaps dread the orange barrels. Yet we love well-maintained highways that make it easy to travel to our various destinations throughout the state. Although inconvenient, the West Virginia Division of Highways must employ workers to repair roads during the daytime out… Read More »

The Real Threat of Dangerous Machinery

Every year, more than 1 million U.S. workers suffer an injury that causes them to miss work. Many of these incidents occur in manufacturing plants and similar workplaces, because industrial jobs often involve dangerous machinery that can cause a wide range of serious injuries. In many cases, the industrial machinery is made even more dangerous… Read More »