Each day, ordinary people throughout West Virginia suffer accidental injuries that cause pain, diminished physical health, and financial losses. Fortunately, victims can seek remedies from anyone who was responsible for their injuries. Rich & Gutta is committed to helping injured West Virginians get their lives back on track.
Attorney Gary W. Rich is a West Virginia attorney with over 35 years of legal, corporate and government experience. His legal experience includes general personal injury, medical malpractice, and environmental litigation. He has provided legal counsel to hundreds of West Virginians. Attorney Rich has handled cases related to car accidents, medical malpractice, defective medical devices, workplace injuries, and toxic torts. He has achieved substantial settlements and verdicts, including a $381 million verdict in a class action in 2007, which was one of the largest verdicts in the country that year.
Rich & Gutta understand that each accident is unique, and we tailor our approach to address the specific issues in each case. We know that many people may be hesitant to hire an attorney due to concerns about cost, so we do not charge our clients a fee for our services unless we help them recover compensation. We also offer a free consultation so that victims can get a general sense of their legal options before deciding how to proceed.
People who have been injured by someone else’s careless actions can pursue damages in a personal injury lawsuit. If liability can be proved, a victim may be awarded compensation for medical costs and related expenses, lost wages, property damage, and the pain and suffering caused by his or her injury. It is important for a victim to act promptly. A personal injury lawsuit must generally be filed within two years of the date of the accident.Car Accidents
Car accidents are among the leading causes of injuries in West Virginia. While a variety of factors can cause a car crash, the primary reason for most collisions is unsafe driving. Thus, lawsuits seeking compensation for harm caused by an accident usually assert a negligence claim against a driver. This essentially involves proving that the defendant did not drive safely under the circumstances, and the accident would not have happened if the defendant had used proper care. In some cases, additional parties may be liable, such as a manufacturer of a defective car part. Our West Virginia personal injury attorneys will do our best to see that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. While our offices are in Morgantown, we work with clients throughout the state of West Virginia.Truck Accidents
Due to their massive size, commercial trucks pose a greater threat of harm than ordinary vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set forth regulations that impose duties on truck drivers and trucking companies. For example, drivers are limited in the number of hours that they can drive per day and per week, they must undergo certain training prior to driving, and they cannot haul cargo over a specified weight. If a driver or trucking company violates the duties imposed by the regulations, Rich & Gutta can help a victim pursue compensation. If a driver or trucking company violates the duties imposed by regulations, or otherwise is negligent causing an accident which injures you, Rich & Gutta can help you pursue the compensation you are entitled to.Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, but motorcyclists are frequently injured in accidents caused by careless or reckless drivers. For example, collisions may be caused by drivers following too closely behind motorcyclists or turning in front of them without sufficient clearance. Unfortunately, defendants and insurers sometimes try to argue that the rider was at fault. Our West Virginia personal injury lawyers know how to counter these tactics, and we fight hard to protect the rights of victims.Slip and Fall Accidents
When a business such as a store or restaurant does not keep its premises safe, serious injuries can occur. A person injured in a slip and fall accident typically will need to show that the property owner failed to address a dangerous condition by fixing it or warning visitors about it. A key issue in slip and fall cases is whether the defendant knew about the dangerous condition. Even if the defendant did not actually know about it, the defendant may be liable if it reasonably should have known about the hazard under the circumstances. Rich & Gutta can gather and present evidence to prove these claims.Medical Malpractice
People rely on medical professionals to maintain and restore their health, but sometimes incompetent treatment seriously harms a patient. A person injured by negligent medical care can seek compensation in a medical malpractice case. Generally, a patient will need to produce expert testimony to establish the standard of care that the defendant should have met and show how they breached it. This can be challenging without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney in West Virginia.Products Liability
You probably do not think twice about using various products in your daily routines. However, consumers are injured by defective products each year. Defects may arise due to a design flaw that renders a product unsafe, an issue that occurs during the manufacturing process, or a failure to properly warn of the risks associated with ordinary uses of the product. A manufacturer often can be held strictly liable for a defective product, which means that you do not need to show negligence. Our West Virginia firm can advise you on the legal theories that may apply to your specific case.Workplace Injuries
People who suffer workplace injuries often believe that they are limited to recovering workers' compensation benefits, but that is not always the case. For example, if a person or entity other than an employer or coworker contributed to the accident, they may be liable under a theory of negligence. Examples of potentially responsible third parties include engineers, safety experts, subcontractors, and manufacturers of heavy machinery. Pursuing a personal injury claim in addition to workers’ compensation benefits can allow an accident victim to recover certain forms of compensation that the workers’ compensation system does not provide.Toxic Exposure and Pollution Injuries
Certain industries in West Virginia may expose workers to harmful chemicals, such as asbestos, silica, and benzene. Additionally, many people suffer injuries after routinely being exposed to dangerous substances, such as lead or arsenic, in their daily lives. People who suffer harm due to toxic exposure or pollution can seek compensation with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in West Virginia from the companies that were at fault. In cases in which the cause of the harm was not immediately apparent, the statute of limitations for the claim does not begin to run until the person knows or should know of the cause of the injury.Dog Bites
While dogs are considered to be “man’s best friend”, unfortunately there are instances where dogs attack people. The emotional and physical cost of a dog bite can be quite high and can have a long-lasting effects especially on children. If you or your child have been bitten and did not provoke the animal, you are entitled to seek damages against the owner and/or those caring for the dog. Rich and Gutta will give you the professional help and support necessary to have a successful claim.Divorce
Most people enter a marriage while expecting that it will last forever, but many marriages fail. A divorce can alter people’s legal rights and financial status in ways that they may not expect. For example, disputes may arise related to the division of property and debts between the spouses, including whether property should be characterized as separate or marital. Generally, a spouse must meet a residency requirement prior to filing for divorce. The length of time varies depending on the allegations in the divorce petition.Consult an Experienced West Virginia Law Firm
If you were a victim of an accident, you should not hesitate to speak to a personal injury attorney in West Virginia about your next steps. At Rich & Gutta, we understand the difficulties that victims face, and we want to take the stress off their shoulders. We work with clients throughout West Virginia. You can contact us at our office in Morgantown at (304) 924-7001 or through the form online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Remember there are no fees unless we win!
“Our first goal is to harness the human story of your case. We take a different approach than other attorneys in that from the beginning of your case, we anticipate and prepare for trial. We want to be prepared to share your story, or that of your loved one, with the jury and connect with them on a very personal level. This approach places insurance companies on notice and provides us leverage against them when negotiating on your behalf.”