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Why choose us

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We perform at our very best on every case

We always treat our clients with dignity and respect as they move through our practice and our lives
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We have a proven track record of results

We have the knowledge, experience and resources to handle injury and wrongful death cases
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We do the right thing, every time

Our firm sends a message that unsafe conduct by individuals and corporations must be stopped
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Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is a Charleston, West Virginia-based law firm devoted to helping residents throughout the state recover compensation after devastating injuries. Our attorneys truly believe that injured clients deserve to be compensated for other people’s reckless conduct and that the families of deceased victims should be properly and generously compensated for their losses.

Charleston, West Virginia personal injury attorneys and firm founders William Tiano and Tony O’Dell have been recognized for their hard work and professionalism nationwide. They have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the prestigious American Trial Lawyers Association and have been designated as West Virginia Super Lawyers. Cheryl Fisher has years of experience representing insurance companies and brings that particular expertise to the table. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys have the resources, dedication, and knowledge to help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us today to find out how we can help. We are available to answer your questions and evaluate your case during a free consultation.

Successful client representation in West Virginia

Successful legal representation is a result of years of study and years of practice in and out of the courtroom. If you choose to work with the West Virginia personal injury attorneys at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, you can rest assured knowing that:

  • We answer and return your calls and keep you informed. We know how important your case is to you.
  • If we are offered a settlement from an insurance company, we will always tell you first and ask for your permission and approval.
  • We utilize the skills of experts, such as medical experts, accident reconstruction engineers, and forensic scientists, when appropriate.
  • We will always prepare your case for trial. We will not be intimidated by, nor bow down to insurance companies. Because we prepare every case for trial, they know we are serious.

How an attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve

Personal injury attorneys can help you in a variety of ways when it comes to handling your claim. Your attorney will know the law, determine the value of your claim, advocate for your rights, and ensure that your best interests are protected at all times. Keep reading to learn more about how an experienced attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve.

Building enduring relationships with our clients and achieving the best possible results for them makes us worthy as attorneys and as individuals.

Maximizing Compensation

The most important reason to hire an attorney is that attorneys get results, and people who have legal representation typically secure more compensation than someone handling a claim on their own. Our attorneys know West Virginia personal injury laws, and we seek maximum compensation for all of our clients. We know securing the compensation that you deserve will help you heal and move past your injuries. We also understand the importance of ensuring that your past, current, and future medical bills are included in your settlement or jury award.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are often on the other side of personal injury claims, and they notoriously use well-known tactics to reduce the value of your claim. Insurance adjusters want to pay as little as possible to protect company profits, and they do not worry about ensuring that you are fully compensated for your losses. They frequently take advantage of injured claimants who do not know how much their claim is worth and what losses they are entitled to recover. Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies, and we will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and damages. Sometimes, it only takes getting a reputable attorney involved in your claim for adjusters to agree to a settlement amount that fairly compensates you for your losses.

To prove your case, our attorneys will immediately begin collecting and preserving important evidence.

During the investigation phase, we will secure medical records, speak with witnesses, collect any available surveillance video, and take photographs. We will also collect accident reports and hire experts to help prove critical facts in your case. For example, we often hire accident reconstruction experts to testify about how and why an accident occurred. We also hire medical experts to help prove the extent of our clients’ injuries and financial experts to help calculate damages when necessary. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate and prepare every case because when the defense knows that we have a strong case, they are much more willing to negotiate fair and reasonable settlements. And if we do not reach a settlement agreement that fully compensates you for your losses, our attorneys will be prepared for trial.

Litigating Your Personal Injury Claim

Our attorneys have a reputation for being successful litigators. Defendants and insurance companies understand that we are not afraid to take our cases to trial. Because of this, we often settle cases because the defense wants to avoid a trial. However, we always recommend going to trial when we believe it is in our clients’ best interests. If you have a strong case with supporting evidence and the defendant refuses to agree to reasonable settlement terms, we will take your case to a jury and advocate for maximum compensation.

Free Consultation with our Personal Injury Lawyers in West Viriginia

If you or a loved one was injured by the negligence of another person or business, or because of a defective product, or for any other reason, contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC for a free initial consultation.

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Types ofPersonal InjuryCases

In general, personal injury claims arise when someone’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct causes another person to sustain injuries and damages. Our attorneys represent clients in all types of personal injury claims. Cases that we frequently handle include the following:

Medical Malpractice

Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional’s treatment and care falls below the accepted standard of care. If a patient is injured as a result of negligent care, they may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages. Common types of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, birth injuries, anesthesia errors, emergency room mistakes, and surgical errors.

Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can lead to severe injuries. If negligent boat operation due to speed, intoxication, inexperience, or other factors caused an accident and resulting injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Premises Liability

A slip and fall or other types of injury due to dangerous property conditions are known as premises liability cases. Property owners and managers have a duty to keep their property free from hazards. When a guest or visitor is injured as a result of slippery floors, broken steps, a dangerous dog, sidewalk cracks, or another hazardous condition, they may have a claim for compensation.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and death in West Virginia. Automobile operators have a duty to follow the rules of the road and exercise caution when driving. Distracted driving, intoxication, poor vehicle maintenance, speed, and failing to yield are common causes and factors in car accidents. An experienced Charleston, West Virginia car accident attorney will provide you with the legal representation necessary to win your case.

Motorcycle Accidents

Even the most experienced and skilled bikers cannot avoid all motorcycle accidents. This is because motorcycle accidents are often caused by automobile drivers who fail to see the motorcycle or fail to exercise caution and care when operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, when accidents happen, motorcycle drivers and passengers usually sustain the most severe injuries.

Truck Accident

Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more and can cause devastating injuries in an accident. Because of this, commercial truck drivers are held to a higher standard than regular automobile drivers. Truck drivers and their employers are responsible for obtaining special licensing, going through rigorous training, vehicle maintenance, and compliance with all federal trucking rules and regulations.

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home employees and administrators are responsible for providing clean and safe living accommodations and care for their residents. However, residents are often subject to abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Due to their age and vulnerability, nursing home residents often do not get the care and respect that they deserve. If you suspect your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home, you need an attorney who can help you ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable.

Wrongful Death

When someone’s negligent conduct leads to fatal injuries, close surviving family members might have a right to compensation under a wrongful death claim. Compensation for a wrongful death claim may include loss of financial support, the value of the decedent’s household services, funeral and burial expenses, and other losses suffered by surviving family members.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Injuries

Pedestrians and bicyclists are known as vulnerable road users. Automobile drivers have a duty to operate with caution when pedestrians and bicyclists are present. When drivers are negligent or fail to respect pedestrians’ and bicyclists’ rights on the road, accidents occur, and the injuries can be catastrophic.

Defective Consumer Products

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are responsible for the products that they put into the consumer market. When products are unreasonably dangerous or come without adequate instructions and warnings, they may be liable for resulting injuries and damages under West Virginia’s product liability laws.

Children’s Injuries

Personal injury cases that involve children are often emotional and distressing cases. Our attorneys understand how difficult these cases can be for children and their parents, and we will do everything we can to guide you through the legal process while fighting for your child’s rights. Common types of children’s injury cases include swimming pool accidents, childcare injuries, bicycle accidents, playground injuries, school injuries, and car accidents.

Personal Injury Compensation

Compensation for your personal injury claim depends mostly on the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, and future medical expenses. Typically, the more severe your injuries are and the more medical expenses you incur, the more your injury claim is worth. Hiring a personal injury attorney is critical to ensure that you secure compensation for all of your injuries and damages. An experienced attorney will take the time to thoroughly investigate and value your claim, hire the experts necessary to prove your damages, and negotiate with defendants for maximum compensation.

In West Virginia personal injury cases, recoverable compensation includes economic losses, noneconomic losses, and in some cases, punitive damages. Economic losses involve tangible expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, and future medical expenses. Noneconomic damages address losses that do not have a fixed expense, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, and disfigurement. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was egregious. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and deter future similar conduct.

We can help you understand your options and possible courses of action

The consultation costs nothing and the conversation is confidential. Compensation may be available in the form of medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. We are available by email or phone. Call our Charleston, West Virginia office today at (304) 720-6700.

FAQ’s

Do I have a case?

The only way to be certain about whether you have a personal injury case is to talk to an experienced accident injury attorney. Medical problems caused by an accident may not be fully recognized for months or even years afterwards. Losses from medical bills, decreased earning potential and many other problems can pile up unexpectedly. An attorney with experience representing personal injury victims and negotiating with insurance companies can analyze your case, determine fair compensation for your losses and devise a strategy for obtaining damages.

How much is my case worth?

Compensation for your injuries depends on several factors, including the extent of your injuries, physical and mental pain and suffering, the amount and length of medical treatment, economic hardship or financial loss, decreased earning potential, and physical impairment and/or disfigurement.

Should I accept an insurance company’s settlement offer?

Before accepting a settlement, it is always in your best interest to consult an attorney. Adjusters work for the insurance company, not for you. Their job is to settle the matter for the lowest possible cost to the company. Your attorney will work for you and ensure that a settlement results in full compensation for your injuries. You don’t want to sign away your rights only to later discover that your injuries and losses were worse than you originally thought.

Will I have to go to court?

Many injury claims can be settled for their full value through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, without having to go to court. However, some complex cases may require that you participate in legal proceedings.

When should I call an attorney?

You should consult an attorney as soon as possible after being injured. In most cases there is a time limit for filing claims after an injury occurs, and if this deadline passes, your claim could be dismissed. In addition, finding witnesses and gathering evidence to support your case becomes more difficult the longer you wait.

How do I choose an attorney?

The success of personal injury attorneys is based on several factors, including education, legal skill and experience. The attorney you retain should have a proven record of winning cases similar to yours and should be willing to thoroughly explain his or her recommendations based on the specific details of your case. Your attorney should also have extensive experience settling cases through negotiation and trying cases in court. Another very important factor is for you to feel comfortable with your attorney, and confident that your interests will be a top priority.

How much will the legal process cost?

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