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Answers to Common WV Workers’ Compensation Questions: TTD Benefits

By Steven K Wellman Of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC on 09/02/2022

Jenkins Fenstermaker’s West Virginia (WV) workers’ compensation defense team often receives questions regarding the handling of claims for workers' compensation in WV. Specifically, clients and other interested parties frequently need information on WV temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, including rates, time limits, and closure of claims. In response to this need, our WV workers’ compensation lawyers created a “cheat sheet” with quick facts to answer some of the most common WV workers’ compensation questions.


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The New WV Workers’ Compensation Review System Is Up and Running

By Steven K Wellman Of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC on 07/25/2022

As of July 1, 2022, West Virginia (WV) employers are navigating a new WV workers’ compensation review system.


Image of hands shaking, representing how federal black lung settlement options could be beneficial in black lung defense in WV, as explained here by attorney James “Mac” Heslep at Jenkins Fenstermaker.

Black Lung Defense in WV: Settlements Could Benefit All

By James Heslep Of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC on 07/15/2022

The political and legislative environment around federal black lung claims and benefits is complex and challenging for employers and employees alike. Unlike most claims filed for work-related injuries, federal black lung claims are not eligible for settlement.


:	Image with a man and a calculator, representing the difficulties of estimating liabilities for black lung claims in West Virginia and how Clarksburg, WV attorney James Heslep at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC helps employers.

Estimating Liabilities for Black Lung Claims in West Virginia

By James Heslep Of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC on 07/05/2022

When it comes to estimating liabilities for black lung claims in West Virginia (WV), and elsewhere, there seems to be only one consistent factor—the challenges and difficulty involved in determining the likely expense of an individual claim or calculating a business’ future liabilities. 


Image of a pile of freshly mined coal, representing how James “Mac” Heslep helps advise and defend coal operators and related businesses against liability under the federal black lung program.

An Overview of the Federal Black Lung Program

By James Heslep Of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC on 05/13/2022

Businesses operating in and around the coal mining industry are at great risk of liability for claims under the federal black lung program. The legislation and supporting regulations establishing the ground rules for mining operator liability are complex and occasionally expanded upon in black lung court cases. Here, an experienced black lung defense lawyer offers a primer on the federal Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) for mining operators.


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