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What’s the difference between Punitive and Compensatory Damages

When you’re involved in a car accident, you have to deal with a lot. You’ll likely have medical treatment to worry about, you’ll probably have to find a new car, and there’s a good chance you’ll be looking for an attorney. And of course, you’ll probably be dealing with an insurance company that’s not on your side. The last thing you’ll want to do is figure out confusing Personal Injury terminology.. Two terms that can be particularly confusing are punitive and compensatory. But, as we will explain here, they are less complicated than they may seem.

Punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish someone for something they did wrong. Punitive damages are often well-known. If you’re over 30, you probably remember the case of the elderly woman who sought millions of dollars for spilling hot coffee from McDonald’s on herself. That was absurd, right? Actually, no. There is a lot of misinformation about this case, even to this day. The incident occurred in 1992, and there are still people who believe that the plaintiff, Stella Liebeck, was just money hungry. In reality, the restaurant was found to be negligent, and Stella offered to settle the case for $20,000 to cover the cost of her medical bills. After going back in forth with the lawyers representing McDonald’s, the case went to trial. McDonald’s was found to be negligent, and the jury awarded Stella Liebeck 2.7 million dollars in punitive damages to punish them for what they did wrong.

If you’d like to read more about the infamous McDonald’s lawsuit, read our in-depth blog here.

Punitive damages are intended to punish and also, in some cases, create change. It’s safe to say that after this lawsuit, McDonald’s paid more attention to their coffee temperatures. The thing to remember, though, is that the plaintiff was originally seeking just $20,000 to cover her medical bills. The jury awarded more than she was seeking.  The original amount requested, $20,000, would be considered compensatory damages.

Compensatory damages. Often referred to as “actual damages,” compensatory damages are intended to compensate an individual for an actual loss. Compensatory damages are separated into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.  They can include property damage, economic loss, or injuries. Economic damages refer to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses such as past and future medical expenses, loss of past and future earnings, loss of use of property, costs of repair or replacement, the economic value of domestic services, and loss of employment or business opportunities. For instance, if you’re involved in an accident and the other individual damages your car, he or she may have to pay for the damage to your car. This would be a form of economic compensatory damages. If the individual caused $5,000 worth of damages to your car, he or she would have to pay that amount. (In most cases, their insurance company would be paying for the damage.)

Non-economic damages refer to compensation for subjective, non-monetary losses such as pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Here are some examples of Non-Economic damages:

  • Pain and suffering – physical distress caused by an injury, including aches and pains, scarring, permanent or temporary limitations on activity.
  • Emotional distress – emotional distress caused by a physical injury, physical contact, sexual harassment, libel, or slander.
  • Loss of consortium – being deprived of the benefits of a normal family relationship due to an injury or death caused by the acts of another. Also referred to as “loss of companionship,” this may be the inability of a spouse to provide the same love and affection, comfort, society, or sexual relations as he or she did before the injury.
  • Defamation – the intentional communication, whether written or spoken, of false information that harms the reputation of a person or entity.
  • Loss or impairment of physical or mental capacity – the loss of a person’s ability to physically care for himself, or to think clearly or make decisions for himself.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life – loss of a person’s ability to participate in and enjoy the activities and pleasures of life as experienced prior to the injury.

If you want to know more about compensatory damages, call us today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you’d rather communicate electronically, fill out this form so we can contact you at a better time.

How Insurance Rates Differ Based On Where You Live

On November 9th, 2018, I was driving home from work to change clothes before attending a Veterans charity gala. I live in a rural part of Parkersburg, WV. My house is far from the city streets, and difficult for most people to find. Around 7:00 p.m., the sky was dark and some snow flurries were just starting to fall. That’s when my 2005 Chevy Malibu decided it no longer wanted to operate. My car chose a really inopportune time to give up. I was approaching the crest of a hill less than a mile from my house when the engine shut off. My car wouldn’t start, and I had to navigate backward down a dark winding hill with no power steering and no backup camera. I was stranded for about 90 minutes. The tow truck driver arrived and charged me $100 to tow my car one mile to my home. Needless to say, I didn’t make it to the charity gala that evening.

The next day, my sister took me to a local car dealership where I purchased a new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. I was so happy to have a new, reliable car. The dealership told me they would contact my insurance agent the following week. I didn’t expect a major change because I haven’t had an at-fault accident or a moving violation since 2006. I had full coverage insurance on my Malibu because I work for a personal injury law firm, so I know how important quality insurance coverage is for all motorists. I was surprised to learn that my monthly rates went up $45 per month. My new car is not fancy. It’s not a sports car, and it doesn’t have all of the expensive equipment that can make premiums go up. So, what’s the deal?

I found out that one of the problems is something I can’t do much about. I live in West Virginia. As of December 2018, West Virginia has the 20th highest insurance rates in the nation. We’re not the worst. That distinction goes to Michigan. But we’re not the best either. Vermont has the cheapest insurance rates in the nation. Ohio has the 2nd best rates in the nation. I’m sitting at the Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law headquarters in Parkersburg, WV. If I walked out the front door and turned right on Market Street, I’d be in Ohio after a quick walk. It doesn’t seem fair that a few blocks and a river are keeping me from better insurance rates. But the reality is that your zip code plays a big part in determining your insurance premiums. One of the reasons insurance rates in West Virginia are so high is that our state has a lot of rural roads and a large population of wildlife. A lot of motorists in West Virginia collide with wildlife–specifically deer. Each year, West Virginians rank among the top in the nation for deer collisions. This can cause all of our rates to go up because insurance companies are paying a lot of money to repair cars that collide with deer. Insurance companies are going to assume that a West Virginian is more likely to collide with a deer than someone who lives in New York City.

So why is Michigan so expensive? According to Forbes, Michigan is more expensive than other states because it employs a unique no-fault car insurance system. Also known as personal injury protection or PIP insurance, no-fault insurance is a type of car insurance coverage that helps pay for your and your passengers’ medical bills if you’re injured in a car accident, regardless of who caused the accident. (source: geico.com) Because this type of insurance covers you and the other individuals involved in the accident, regardless of who was at fault, it is more expensive.  It’s a higher level of coverage that is mandatory in some states and optional in others.

Other factors for insurance cost include age, gender, car location, and driving record. While my increased insurance rates are upsetting, I am happy to have good coverage. Working at a personal injury law firm, I’ve learned that cut-rate insurance rates may seem appealing, but their lack of coverage can be detrimental, especially if you’re injured by an uninsured motorist. Pay close attention to your rates, and be aware of what your insurance does and does not cover.

If you want to know more about this subject, call us today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you’d rather communicate electronically, fill out this form so we can contact you at a better time.

3M Earplug Lawsuit Q&A With Kelly Guice

Recently our firm shared some information regarding a lawsuit in which Veterans who were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) may be entitled to compensation. There is a lot of information available right now, but it can be confusing for Vets. This is especially true for Veterans who haven’t hired an attorney before. So, what is a Veteran to do if he or she is hesitant to call an attorney? We recognize that this can be overwhelming, so we asked Lead Personal Injury Attorney Kelly Guice to sit down and explain what Veterans need to know about the earplug lawsuit. In the video below Kelly explains which Veterans are eligible, what to expect when you pursue a claim, and how the earplugs failed.

While many Veterans have issues with hearing loss and tinnitus, only certain Veterans are impacted by this class action lawsuit. Veterans exposed to loud environments, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are especially vulnerable.  You may qualify if you:

  • Served from 2003-2015
  • Were issued  Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) while serving
  • Suffer from permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus

Since 2008, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, has helped thousands of Veterans get the VA Disability Benefits they deserve. We know that hearing loss impacts millions of Veterans, and it is one of the top claims filed by Veterans every year. If you are a Veteran struggling with hearing loss, you may be entitled to compensation.

Call Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 877.526.3457.  If you can’t talk now, fill out this form and a member of our team will contact you at a better time.

Honor Is Due.

Substitution of Party and Your Disability Claim

For many, death is an uncomfortable subject. Most of us don’t want to think about it, and planning for death can be difficult. While planning for it can be depressing, leaving your loved ones with some guidance can help ease the pain of loss. One area in which many people struggle to prepare for their death is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Most believe that if they pass, their claim stops. But it doesn’t have to.

In the world of Social Security, there is something referred to as Substitution of Party. If an individual passes away during their claim, their family can still pursue their benefits. For SSDI cases, the Substitution of Party can be made (in order) by the spouse of the deceased, surviving children, surviving parents and, finally, the legal representative of the estate of the deceased.

In order to file a Substitution of Party claim, you must fill out and submit form HA-539, Notice Regarding Substitution of Party Upon Death of Claimant. The two-page form is relatively simple to complete. However, it’s important to read the form in its entirety and fill it out completely. It’s also important to submit a copy of the death certificate of your family member.

Who specifically qualifies as a Substitution of Party? According to the SSA, a Social Security payment due to a deceased beneficiary may be paid to a family member or a legal representative of the estate in the following order:

  1. The surviving spouse who was either living in the same household as the deceased at the time of death or who, for the month of death, was entitled to a monthly benefit on the same record as the deceased;
  2. Children who, for the month of death, were entitled to a monthly benefit on the same record as the deceased;
  3. Parents who, for the month of death, were entitled to a monthly benefit on the same record as the deceased;
  4. A surviving spouse not qualified under 1. above;
  5. Children not qualified under 2. above;
  6. Parents not qualified under 3. above; or
  7. The legal representative of the deceased person’s estate.

So, how does the SSA award benefits if they find that the deceased was disabled prior to their passing? There is one important difference between outcomes when a person who is living is approved and when a Substitution of Party claim is awarded. A Substitution of Party claimant won’t be awarded ongoing monthly benefits. If the ALJ grants the deceased benefits, the Substitution of Party will receive the past benefits only. The SSA will traditionally award benefits based on the date of the deceased’s onset of disability to the date that they passed away. It’s important to note that the Substitution of Party may not actually receive the backpay. However, each case is different. That’s why it’s important to have some sort of guidance when pursuing a Social Security claim.

We understand how difficult the death of a loved one can be. Making funeral arrangements and all the other responsibilities can be exhausting. The last things you want to do is deal with more paperwork and stress. That’s why so many people turn to our law firm when they need help with a Substitution of Party claim. If you’d like to know more about the services we offer, or if you’d like a free consultation, call us today. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t call us today, fill out this form so we can contact you at a better time.

January 2019 Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Golden Apple Award Winner Todd Meckley

We are excited to announce Mr. Todd Meckley as the January 2019 Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Golden Apple Award Winner for January 2019. Mr. Meckley is an anatomy teacher at Parkersburg South High School. He was nominated by a former student who claimed Mr. Meckley was an inspiration. The nomination form listed several instances in which Mr. Meckley went the extra mile for his students. One particular example which stood out involved taking students to Alderson Broaddus to learn more about medicine.

Mr. Meckley was also nominated for his collaboration with his fellow educators. He works with his peers, and they recently created several learning projects which were well received.

Congrats Mr. Meckley, and keep up the great work!

Veterans Injured by Defective Earplugs May Be Entitled To Compensation

Are you a Veteran suffering from tinnitus, or partial or total hearing loss?  If so, you may qualify for compensation due to your use of Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2), manufactured by 3M and issued to Veterans exposed to loud environments, including those deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, between 2003 and 2015.

According to recent reports released by The Center for Hearing and Communication, hearing loss affects 48 million people in the United States. While some people are born deaf or with hearing impairments, many more people experience hearing loss due to environmental factors. In fact, noise exposure is the leading cause of hearing loss.

Noise exposure can come in many forms. Whether you are exposed to noise while working, during recreational activities, or while serving our country,  hearing loss from noise exposure is preventable. Most often, we protect our ears from noise by using earplugs.  But what happens when earplugs fail?

Veterans and Noise Exposure.

Veterans are exposed to many environments in which hearing loss can occur. Shooting weapons, explosions, and machinery exposure can all lead to hearing loss. In recent decades, the United States military has made hearing loss prevention a priority. One of the ways in which the military attempted to prevent hearing loss was by issuing earplugs to individuals serving in the military. From 2003-2015, Veterans exposed to loud environments, including those deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, were issued Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs (CAEv2), manufactured by 3M. For 12 years, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency issued these plugs to thousands of Veterans who served overseas.  We have since learned that the earplugs were defective and failed to protect our soldiers.

What went wrong?

The 3M earplugs sold to the military had issues with their “dual-core” design. The design allowed military personnel to use the earplugs in two different ways. They could be used as traditional earplugs, or they could be flipped over to provide hearing protection from explosions and gunfire while allowing the soldiers to communicate freely.

When used in the traditional way, they blocked all noise. When the plugs were flipped, however, they only blocked some noise. While that issue alone may not seem like it would cause a problem, the alleged design flaw was due to their size. Current lawsuits allege that the earplugs were too short to provide the intended level of hearing protection. Once inserted, the plugs had a tendency to loosen, thus rendering them useless.

Based on findings from a recent class action lawsuit, 3M and their predecessor, Aearo Technologies, allegedly knew the earplugs were defective but continued to sell them to the military anyway. As a result, 3M has agreed to pay the federal government for failing to disclose the design flaw.

3M sold the government faulty dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), which were standard-issue equipment for certain branches of the US military until they were discontinued. 3M failed to disclose design defects, even though they were apparent as early as 2000.

The earplugs’ defects are likely to have caused tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) and significant hearing loss in thousands of soldiers who served from 2003 to 2015. A class action suit is underway,  giving Veterans an opportunity to hold 3M accountable and receive the compensation they deserve.

Who is impacted?

While Veterans of all eras struggle with hearing loss, only certain Veterans are impacted by this class action lawsuit. Veterans exposed to loud environments, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are especially vulnerable.  You may qualify if you:

  • Served from 2003-2015
  • Were issued  Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) while serving
  • Suffer from permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus

What should you do?

Since 2008, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, has helped thousands of Veterans get the VA Disability Benefits they deserve. We know that hearing loss impacts millions of Veterans, and it is one of the top claims filed by Veterans every year. If you are a Veteran struggling with hearing loss, you may be entitled to compensation.

Call Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 877.526.3457.  If you can’t talk now, fill out this form and a member of our team will contact you at a better time.

Honor Is Due.

WAR…What Are They Good For? Everything You Should Know About Work Activity Reports

What’s the most important thing anyone needs in order to be granted Social Security Disability Benefits? Ask anyone in our firm and they’ll tell you that sufficient evidence is paramount. When we talk about evidence, we are most often referring to medical evidence. For the most part, medical evidence pertains to your medical records. The term is rather broad, but medical records include tests, opinions from medical professionals, and any information that can help prove your disability medically. Evidence isn’t just limited to the medical world, though. Many forms of non-medical evidence can be used in a Social Security claim, too. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses many forms of non-medical evidence for your claim. One such form is called a Work Activity Report, or WAR, and it can be crucial to your claim if you continued to work after your alleged onset date.

At its most basic level, Social Security Disability is in place as a benefit for individuals who are no longer able to work. If you continue to work after your alleged onset date, the SSA will not approve your claim at the date you allege. However, like many things in life, there are some exceptions to the rule. That’s why a WAR is so important.

One way that a WAR can be beneficial to your Social Security Disability claim is if you’re not working as much as you used to, or if you’re not working to Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level. According to the Social Security Administration, to be eligible for disability benefits a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). A person who is earning more than a certain monthly amount is ordinarily considered to be engaging in SGA. In 2019, SGA is $1,220.

The WAR may seem complicated, but it’s actually rather simple. The form requires some basic information about yourself as well as your employers. You will also have to fill out some information about your salary and the hours you worked. The WAR includes areas for you to explain the ways in which you had special accommodations at work. For instance, if you had a coach, received different pay, or were provided with special transportation, you can list this on the WAR, too.

If you have questions about a Work Activity Report, Substantial Gainful Activity, or the Social Security process as a whole, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so we can contact you at a better time.

Jan Dils Recognizes Top Employee Volunteers for 2018

We love being a part of the Mid-Ohio Valley and we love giving back to our community. Last year we encouraged our team members to get out in the community and give back. In 2018 we volunteered for several events and raised money for a lot of great causes. Some of the events we volunteered for included the Relay for Life of Wood County, our annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner, and the Artsbridge Merchants and Artists Walk. In addition to these events, we also raised money for the Humane Society of Wood County and Operation Transportation. In addition to those great causes, we had the pleasure of participating in events hosted by the City of Parkersburg, DowntownPKB, and the National Guard. It was a great year for our outreach efforts, and we want to recognize the team members who volunteered the most in 2018.

 

Bobbie Sheppard: Community Spirit Award Winner. Bobbie took charge at several events in 2018. She was always one of the first to volunteer and she encouraged her fellow team members to step up too. Bobbie even stayed up all night during the 2018 Relay for Life of Wood County. Due to her continuous volunteer efforts, Bobbie was named our 2018 Community Spirit Award Winner.

Bobbie is a Case Manager in our VA Department. This is the 2nd consecutive year in which she has won the Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Community Spirit Award.

 

 

Jolene Reeder was one of our top volunteers in 2018. She participated in the 2nd most events and she was always quick to volunteer. Jolene was instrumental in our 2018 Penny Wars campaign which raised thousands of dollars for the Relay for Life of Wood County. Jolene also stayed up all night during the Relay for Life.

Jolene is a Hearing Clerk in our VA Department. She won the Community Spirit Award in 2017 along with Bobbie.

 

 

 

In her first year at the firm, Mary-Michael McClung made a big splash. She quickly volunteered for events like the Easter Parade, the Relay for Life, and our Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. Mary-Michael also co-led a fund and supply drive for the Humane Society of Wood County. She helped raised thousands of dollars for this cause. Mary-Michael also organized a clothing drive for Dress for Success of the River Cities in Huntington, WV.

Mary-Michael is our Human Resources and Culture Manager.

 

 

Kayla McCoy loves giving back to her community. In 2018 Kayla volunteered for the Humane Society Fundraiser, The Relay for Life and our annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. Kayla sometimes brings her twin girls to help us too.

Kayla is a Case Manager in our Social Security Department.

 

 

Jenny Fry just celebrated her 8th year with our firm. Jenny is quick to volunteer for our events because they often center around two things she is passionate about; Veterans and animals. Jenny co-led our fundraising and supply drive for the Humane Society of Wood County. She also participated in Penny Wars and she braved the cold to take part in the Parkersburg Veterans Day Parade.

Jenny Fry is a part of our accounting team.

 

 

Jaime Caverly can often be found volunteering for our community outreach events. She especially enjoys the parades. Jaime even brings her family to participate. Jamie was also a part of our annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner and the Relay for Life of Wood County.

Jamie is a Case Management Support Specialist for our VA Department.

 

 

Though Hannah Ross has been with our firm for less than a year, she quickly rose to the top of our employee volunteers. Hannah participated in the Parkersburg Homecoming Parade, our Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner, and the Parkersburg Veterans Day Parade.

Hannah is a Case Management Support Specialist for our VA Department.

 

 

 

Eric Hillyard has been with us for just over seven years. He has constantly been involved in our Community Outreach events. This year one of Eric’s highlights was when he played the keyboard for the Artsbridge Merchant’s and Artists Walk. He put a modern spin on the evening by playing a lot of today’s pop hits and even playing our jingle for the crowd.

Eric is our Accounting Manager and our Project Manager.

 

 

Elizabeth Dues is one of the people you’ll always see at our Community Outreach Events. Elizabeth travels to all of our outlying offices, so her community involvement goes beyond the Mid-Ohio Valley. However, one of her highlights involved the Trunk-Or-Treat hosted by DowntownPKB. This event was cold and rainy, but Elizabeth didn’t complain and she represented our firm as well as always.

Elizabeth is our Outlying Office Manager and the Operations Manager of our VA Department.

 

 

Devon has been with our firm for just over two years, and it’s hard to recall an occasion during that time he hasn’t participated in. Devon is usually one of the first to sign up for an effort like a parade or a dinner. Devon’s outgoing personality and warm spirit are always a highlight of our events.

Devon is a Case Manager for our VA Department.

 

 

 

Missy has been with our firm for over 8 years, and she is always jumping in to help with our community outreach efforts. Missy even recruits members of her family to help. In 2018, Missy was involved in many projects including our Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner and the Parkersburg Homecoming Parade.

Missy is our Social Security Operations Manager.

 

Since 1994, we’ve been proud to call the Mid-Ohio Valley home. Our firm has always enjoyed participating in events that give back to our community. Since 2011 our Walk4Vets Foundation has raised more than $65,000 for local Veterans charities. While 2018 was a great year, 2019 promises to be even better. We have a lot of fun stuff on the calendar, including our inaugural Freedom Fun Run 5K on June 29th. More details about that event will be announced later.

Thanks for allowing us to be a part of this community, and we can’t wait to see you in 2019.

The 5 Worst Things You Can Do After a Car Accident

When you’re browsing the Internet looking for information after a car accident, you’ll find that most personal injury attorneys will tell you what you should do after your accident. But what about the things you shouldn’t do? Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s even easier to make mistakes when you’re flustered or upset after an accident. Here are six important things you should not do after an accident:

  1. Don’t leave the scene. One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make when they’re involved in an accident is leaving the scene. First, it’s illegal in most areas. No matter how minor or severe the accident, you must stop if you’re involved. You need to check on the occupants of the other car, report the accident to law enforcement, and exchange insurance information. If you leave the scene of any accident, you may face misdemeanor charges. However, if you leave the scene of an accident in which an individual is injured or killed, you could face a felony charge.
  2. Don’t forget to call law enforcement. If you’re involved in a minor accident with little damage, it may be tempting to simply exchange contact information with the other motorist. Even if the person seems trustworthy, this is a bad idea. They may not have valid insurance, or they could give you false information. A police report may also help you if you have to file a claim.
  3. Don’t neglect medical treatment. For individuals without life-threatening injuries, the moments immediately following an accident can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you don’t have apparent injuries, you may still want to get evaluated by a medical professional following an accident. Some injuries can manifest hours or even days after your accident. If you are pursuing a personal injury claim, medical evidence is imperative to a favorable decision. If you wait too long after an accident to get evaluated, your evidence may not be as impactful.
  4. Don’t let the insurance company bully you. Though their advertising campaigns may state that they are on your side or claim that they’re there for you, insurance companies are going to do whatever they can to work against you. The business model for auto insurance is simple: they’re more profitable when you don’t use their services. This means that it is in the insurance company’s best interest to undercut you at every step. They may try to make you accept less than your car is worth, and may not compensate you for your injuries.
  5. Don’t wait too long to pursue a claim. In most states, there is a statute of limitations for a car accident. In West Virginia, for example, the limit is two years. If you wait too long to pursue a claim, you likely won’t win your case. If there is a large gap in treatment, the insurance company can argue that your injuries were the result of something else.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, the first thing an insurance company will do is tell you no. That’s why you need an attorney who won’t take no for an answer. Call us today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so we can call you at a better time.

Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Named Best Legal Advice in the Mid-Ohio Valley

The entire team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law is proud to be chosen once again as the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Reader’s Choice for Best Legal Advice. And it just so happens that this honor precedes another milestone that the team is looking forward to in the coming year. “Most people would say that we will be celebrating 25 years in business,” said founder Jan Dils. “I like to say that we will be celebrating 25 years of service to our clients. After all, getting to know our clients and tailoring the services we provide to each person’s individual needs is at the core of everything we do.”

Jan Dils and team are dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of their clients by providing advice and guidance based on experience and compassion. The firm focuses on helping individuals with disabilities and those who have been injured through no fault of their own to receive the compensation they deserve.  Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law assists clients at every stage in the application and appeals process to obtain Veterans’ disability benefits and Social Security benefits.  They also provide their experience and expertise in the area of Personal Injury law.

Regardless of whether the client is confronted with a personal injury or disability, many have initially tried to obtain compensation or benefits on their own, only to encounter a legal system that is very often confusing and frustrating. “We frequently enter the picture when people feel like they have reached a dead end or are simply overwhelmed by the complex and confusing process of applying for benefits,” added Jan. The team’s in-depth knowledge of Veterans’ benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, and Personal Injury claims ensures that their clients receive not only the right answers, but also the right results. “Every case is different, but one similarity connects them all: each one involves determination in fighting for our clients. We understand the unique challenges that people with disabilities and chronic conditions face every day, and we know how to fight in order to win the benefits our clients deserve.”

The firm even makes their expertise available to those who may or may not ultimately choose to work with an attorney. Through frequent blog posts and newsletters, for example, Jan Dils and team are able to reach countless people who have questions about disability benefits and personal injury claims.

“Community involvement is another key to furthering the firm’s commitment to educational outreach, and finding new avenues for giving back to the client bases we serve,” added Jan Dils. “We want to do everything we can to let the public know how grateful we are to be a part of each community we serve.”

Based in West Virginia, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law assists clients nationwide through a network of locations in Parkersburg, Huntington, Charleston, Logan and Beckley, West Virginia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina.  To contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, call 877-JANDILS, or visit them online at www.jandils.com.

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