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Author Archives: Troy N. Giatras

What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into… Read More »

Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?

  The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult… Read More »

Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that… Read More »

White Collar Crime Charges Demand and Early and Vigorous Defense

White collar crime refers to a full range of criminal offenses committed mainly by business professionals. Their common element is the diversion of money from its rightful owners by nonviolent means, such as fraud, embezzlement and insider trading. White collar schemes usually involve abusing a position of trust or misleading shareholders and other investors about… Read More »

Knowing Your Rights When Facing West Virginia DUI Charges

Drunk driving is a common offense in the United States. According to MADD, 57 percent of drivers who died as a result of a crash had alcohol or drugs in their systems. Given its proliferation, it is important for West Virginia residents to be knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to drunk driving. West Virginia law… Read More »

When Can Police Make a Search Without a Warrant?

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against “unreasonable search and seizure” and sets basic requirements for a warrant based “upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” But it’s important to know that police don’t always… Read More »

What Are Noneconomic Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

If you have been injured due to another person’s careless, reckless, or deliberate act, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The legal term for your losses is “damages,” and these are divided into two major categories, economic and noneconomic. Most of your economic damages are easy to calculate, because they come out… Read More »

AAA Says Safe Truck Technology Exists, But Will Fleets Invest?

In 2015, there were more than 400,000 large commercial truck crashes on American roads, injuring about 116,000 people and killing more than 4,000. This marked an increase of four percent from 2014, which is not good news for American drivers. But, some good news has come from the AAA Foundation, which released a study last… Read More »

Guarding Against Allegations of Sexual Assault on Campus

For many college students, weekend parties are an unofficial but legitimate part of the college experience. When alcohol is readily available and consumed in excess, the potential exists for some students to engage in acts that can have serious consequences. Alleged sexual misconduct on campus has attracted a great deal of media attention in recent… Read More »

Backover Accident Claims the Life of West Virginia Toddler

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on a horrific accident, which took the life of three-year old Braxton Conley of Cottageville. The accident occurred on Thursday evening, October 12, as visitors to the family’s home were leaving and people thought the boy was indoors watching television. A driver, backing out of the driveway, ran over… Read More »