BULLYING- IT’S HAPPENING IN OUR TOWN

Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied.

In recent years, there has been a surge of awareness related to bullying and the serious repercussions associated with it.  Even with all this talk, bullying is still a large problem in our schools.  It isn’t something that we just see in far off cities, but it is happening in our hometown every day.  Our office has recently been made aware of several stories of children in our own area who have been bullied, some taking their own life as a result.  Even with all of the organizations and the awareness that is being raised, there is still a lot of work to do.  We would like to take this time to discuss the warning signs of bullying from both sides of the coin.

The following is a list of signs that your child is being bullied:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches and stomachaches
  • Feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits (skipping meals or binge eating).  Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feeling of helplessness or decreased self- esteem
  • Self destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.

Signs that a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Whether you know a child that is being bullied or you know one that is bullying, please get them the proper help so that we can stop this vicious cycle.

Here are some bullying resources:

Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied.

Stopbullying.gov – for warning signs, info and prevention

Pacerteensagainstbullying.org – for teens about bullying prevention

Can Facebook ruin your case?

Facebook is undoubtedly the most popular media site in the world, with 350 million users. If you are in the smallest of personal injury claims the information, pictures, and posts could ruin your case. How can this be possible? Well ponder this:

  • The pictures put on Facebook can be seen by anyone. Even with privacy settings networks of “friends” can view the pictures.
  • Courts have ordered plaintiffs to provide access to their page to insurance company lawyers.
  • Evidence from Facebook has been brought to court by the media, investigators and the police.
  • Law clerks for insurance defense lawyers check Facebook for their opponents’ profile, pages, pictures and any information they could use against the opponent.
  • By talking your medical problems in a public forum, you may lose the ability to protect your medical confidentiality in Court. This is why defense lawyers always want your medical information, even if it is not reliant to the claim you are pursuing.

Now here are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

  1. Look over your profile information, pictures, and status post to see if there is anything you would not want the insurance company lawyers to see or read.
  2. Check in your media privacy settings to see if you can block certain people from viewing your profile. Go ahead and block the insurance company lawyers and clerks.
  3. Search your name in the search bar and view what comes up when you do. You want to insure that the information presented is acceptable.
  4. Never accept requests or messages from people you do not know.
  5. You should treat your medical information even your health status, private and confidential not to be put on Facebook or other media sites.

Although the steps above are not foolproof, they will give you a better chance of your information not ending up in the wrong hands.

What are the Stages you go through in a Personal Injury Claim in West Virginia?

What are the stages you go through in a personal injury claim in West Virginia? http://ow.ly/2Iq4R

Call The Miley Legal Group at 304-326-1800

Raising Awareness on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Raising Awareness on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Raising Awareness on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Cell phone usage is up and so are the number of wrecks caused by using them.

The Miley Legal Group is trying to make a difference.  They begin by joining a national movement started by Seattle Attorney Jason Epstein titled Teens Against Distracted Driving.  Next they teamed up locally with the Clarksburg Mayor’s Youth Council. The Youth Council felt compelled to make a difference after losing a local student in a single vehicle car wreck linked to texting while driving.  They proposed a resolution to the WV Legislature encouraging creating a law making driving while being distracted by phones and electronic devices illegal.

Tim Miley, attorney and owner of The Miley Legal Group, was moved by the students standing up to make a difference.  The Youth Council had contacted him to sponsor the resolution because Tim is currently serving in the WV House of Delegates as the House Judiciary Chairman.  Tim wanted to do more than that so he donated bracelets to the group for a fundraiser, provided pledge cards for them to disseminate and is sponsoring a drawing for one female and one male willing to take a pledge against distracted driving.

The Miley Legal Group will be presenting the bracelets and pledge cards to the Clarksburg Mayor’s Youth Council on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 5:30pm in the Clarksburg City Council Chambers.

Watch the news story about The Miley Legal Group and the Clarksburg Mayor’s Youth Council working together to raise awareness on the dangers of Distracted Driving

The Miley Legal Group Spotlight: Doug Miley, Attorney

Doug Miley and Family

Doug, Heidi and Hunter Miley

For 14 years, Doug Miley practiced law as a prosecutor and defense attorney in Dayton, Ohio. While he had a very successful career, Doug longed for the same quality of life for his expanding family as he had growing up in West Virginia.

Doug returned to his native Mountain State, practicing at the Miley Legal Group and raising his family in Bridgeport. The Miley Legal Group’s Spotlight on Doug Miley, Attorney at Law.

Clarksburg Lawyer Goes Big Time

Well it is that time again and The Miley Legal Group is distributing its August Newsletter.

What’s inside this month?

Keith & Tracy Gould with their children, MacKenzie and Jack

The Gould Family

*Read about an attorney in Clarksburg that has gotten national recognition and can now retire at age 44 to persue his childhood passion.

*Meet the Gould family, Keith Gould is it for our employee spotlight of the month.

*Find out if there is a magic formula for a lawsuit.

*Read what you can do if you need an attorney and can’t afford to pay for one.

*Also find out why it is so important for you and your family to have wills.

Please feel free to call us with any questions.  We are here to help.  If you would like to get on our newsletter mailing list, please just give us a call at 304.326.1800.

The Miley Legal Group takes clients from all over North Central West Virginia including but not limited to:

Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Lumberport, Shinnston, Nutter Fort, Lost Creek, Stonewood, Fairmont, White Hall, Mannington, White Oaks, Farmington, Morgantown, Westover, Star City, Granville, Kingwood, Bruceton Mills, Masontown, Newburg, Tunnelton, Terra Alta, Albright, Brandonville, Grafton, Flemington, Weston, Roanoke, Jane Lew, Buckhannon, French Creek, Rock Cave, Hodgesville, Elkins, Beverly, Valley Bend, Mill Creek, Coalton, Jimtown, Helvetia, Selbysville, Huttonsville, Glenville, Sutton, Flatwoods, Philippi, Belington, Junior, Parsons, Thomas, Canaan, Davis, and all surrounding locations.

The Miley Legal Group takes cases in the following:

Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor trailer accidents, truck wrecks, wrongful death accidents, fatal wrecks, defective product injuries, dog bites, animal attacks, serious burns, hunting accidents, personal injury claims