There are many causes of WRONGFUL DEATH claims.  Wrongful deaths arise in the context of car, truck, and motorcycle collisions.   All too often, speeding and distracted driving plays a role.  Drunk driving and drugged driving also cause wrecks with significant life-changing injuries and loss of life. Many individuals lose their life on the job site.  Avoidable injuries […]

Oil and Gas Injuries – GODDARD & WAGONER

The oil and gas industry is thriving in West Virginia. The Marcellus Shale formation running from New York to Tennessee covers the vast majority of West Virginia. Most companies drilling into the Marcellus Shale use a horizontal drilling technique. After drilling vertically to the depth that reaches slightly above the Marcellus Shale formation, the drill […]


ELIQUIS AND XARELTO are drugs in a class known as New Oral Anticoagulants. They have been touted as simpler alternatives to warfarin for patients at risk for blood clots. Xarelto and Eliquis can lead to uncontrolled bleeding and death. Unlike warfarin, there is no readily available, FDA approved antidote, and it is very difficult to […]

In West Virginia, call 1-800-HURT-NOW

Goddard & Wagoner is getting ready to start a new, exciting ad campaign. To go along with it, we have a new phone number to supplement our historical number (304-623-HELP (4357). While the old number will continue to work and should be used if you are outside of West Virginia, we have a new number […]

Coal Mining Injuries and Death in West Virginia

Just recently, two accidents have occurred in West Virginia coal mines. While the industry continues to shrink due to over-regulation by our executive branch, the risks to our miners continue. When an injury occurs, workers’ compensation may be the first avenue of recovery. After that, the question arises – can the injured miner (or his […]

LAWYERS CAN BE VERY GOOD – Don’t believe stereotypes

LAWYERS, WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR? . . . I think many people think of lawyers like they think about war, as in the song lyrics “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’, say it again.” In the past, we have made various posts about the types of cases we handle. In response to […]

NPR and ProPublica Confirm Reveals Significant Injustices to Victims of Workplace Injuries

According to a recent NPR and ProPublica investigation, state reforms to workers’ compensation laws have systematically demolished the system.  In many states, including West Virginia, the victims of workplace injuries are now forced to return to work, regardless of whether they are actually healed or able.  Furthermore, these cases are now often “reviewed” by doctors […]

Ten Most Common Employment Law Claims – WV Attorneys Goddard & Wagoner PLLC

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released the top ten claims it receives from aggrieved employees. They are: 1. Retaliation (42.8% of all charges filed) 2. Race (35%) 3. Sex (29.3%) 4. Disability (28.6%) 5. Age (23.2%) 6. National Origin (10.8%) 7. Religion (4%) 8. Color (3.1%) 9. Equal Pay Act (1.1%) 10. […]

Coal Mining Injuries and Deaths in WV – GODDARD & WAGONER PLLC

Mining has always been a fundamental part of West Virginia’s economy. In fact, 43 of our 55 counties have mineable coal. Coal companies pay nearly $2 Billion in annual payroll in West Virginia alone. We cannot forget, however, that over 16,000 violations were written by West Virginia Mine Health Safety and Training (WVMHS&T) inspectors in […]