Ronald McDonald House Facebook Fundraiser

 

JUST CLICK “Like.” Raise money to help sick kids and their families.  Pretty easy, right?

That’s what local lawyer Jeff Robinette and his wife, Terri, thought when they came up with an idea to fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown.

For each “like” Robinette Legal Group got on Facebook, the Robinettes donated $10 to Ronald McDonald House. Two days — and 1,000 “likes” later — they reached their $10,000 goal.

In a post, the Robinettes explained their decision to do the Facebook campaign rather than just donate to the charity. In addition to the donation, 41,707 people learned about the Ronald McDonald House’s goal to raise money to build a new family room; 4,791 talked about the campaign on Facebook; people had a chance to discuss how the Ronald McDonald House has affected their lives, which could have led others to donate; and the Legal Group got 1,000 likes.

“After all, it is no easy task to get people to like a lawyer,” they joked.
Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Steve De Jesus said the family room will be in WVU Children’s Hospital right across from the pediatric intensive care unit, so that family members don’t have to go far from their children to get a meal or a shower or to decompress for a few minutes. The family room will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Ronald McDonald House is only a few minutes away by foot from the hospital, but De Jesus said, for parents of critically ill children, a few minutes is an eternity.
They’ve been fundraising since April and have raised $135,000. The room is expected to cost about $275,000.
De Jesus said they were stunned by — and very appreciative of — how quickly the Robinettes were able to get “likes” on Facebook.

“In two days, we raised $10,000,” he said. “I wish we could do that every two days.”
Jeff Robinette couldn’t believe it either. “People were clicking so fast, you could watch the numbers climb by the hundreds in a couple hours,” he said. They were happy to help.

“The Ronald McDonald House has a long history in Morgantown of providing services to families and children,” Robinette said.

Robinette said they know people who have had children with health problems and could have benefited from a family room.

To donate to the Ronald McDonald House’s family room project, visit www.rmhcmorgantown.org or mail a check to 841 Country Club Road, Morgantown, W.Va. 26505.

Source:  Dominion Post, October 11, 2012, by Brandy Brubaker

Two Contractors Suffer Burn Injuries at Harrison Power Station

HealthNet flew two people to the hospital after they suffered burns at the Harrison Power Station Friday afternoon.

The two contract workers from C&K Industrial who were injured while doing work at the Harrison Power Station in Haywood (Haywood Power Station) Friday have been treated at the West Penn Burn Center and released, according to First Energy Spokesman.  One of the workers was treated and released Friday evening, while the other was kept overnight for observation and was released Saturday morning.

HealthNet flew both victims to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. First Energy said one of the victims suffered temperature burns on his arms and chest. He was treated and released. The second victim suffered small chemical burns on his face and is still in the hospital.
One had a temperature burn on his bicep and was treated and has since been released from West Penn Burn Center. He was originally going to be treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital, but plans changed mid-air.  The other worker suffered small burns on his face, and will be kept overnight for observation also at West Penn Burn Center.  The injuries are not life threatening.

First Energy is conducting an internal investigation.

For more information about workplace injuries or for help navigating through serious workplace injury claims, please visit our website or call Jeff Robinette at Robinette Legal Group, PLLC at 304-594-1800.

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Deadly Infection Lurks in Nail Salons

Many women treat themselves with a pedicure as a reward for a hard week of work, but according to AOL news, Nancy Swanson got a lot more than she bargained for at her local nail salon.  Nancy began to experience flu-like symptoms and then noticed that her skin had started to take on a yellow appearance.  She became so ill that she felt close to death and sought a doctor’s opinion.  Her medical providers found that she had contracted Hepatitis B, an incurable liver disease. 

Since thousands of Vietnamese are employed in U.S. nail salons, Dr. Robert Gish of UC San Diego has written a health policy for the Vietnamese government outlining the risks associated with Hepatitis B.  People can be carriers of Hepatitis B without presenting any symptoms and are capable of infecting others.  

To protect yourself from infection, look for a prominently displayed business license, make sure all clippers and scissors are disinfected properly and only disposable nail files are used.  For extra protection, take your own polish to the salon.  Also keep in mind that the whirlpool jets and drains of the foot tub are places where the deadly bacteria can lurk.

For more information about personal injury claims, visit us at http://www.robinettelaw.com or call 304-594-1800.  For 24 hour help, call 304-216-6695.

 

What is First Party Insurance Bad Faith?

Your insurance company has an obligation to fairly consider your interests and compensate you according to the loss you have suffered within the limits of your insurance policy.  If the insurance company considers its own best interest, and you suffer losses as a result, you have a right to sue your own insurance company for bad faith.

Personal Property Insurance Bad Faith:

If you have suffered significant damage by fire, flood, ice, or wind to your home or place of business, your insurance company may only offer a fraction of the amount of money it will take to repair the damage (learn more about home insurance affiliate program firms service in this case).  Insurance companies are motivated to pay as little as possible, so you will need a lawyer if you wish to recover the full value of your loss.

In order to prove bad faith, your attorney will have to prove that your insurance company acted unreasonably in the adjustment of your claim.  This will be a complex process of litigation, and for optimum results it is essential that you hire an attorney with many years of experience in working directly with insurance companies.

Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance Bad Faith:

Likewise, if you have been in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident and are suffering from a personal injury and your insurance company has acted unreasonably or unfairly in settling your claim, you may be a victim of insurance bad faith.

If you need help with your insurance claim, contact us at www.robinettelaw.com or 1-304-594-1800.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Are your children safe?

Approximately 24 children under the age of 14 die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, with an additional 3,500 emergency room reported injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS campaign (www.safekids.org).

Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide (CO) and may show symptoms sooner than a healthy adult. Because of their smaller bodies, children process CO differently than adults and may be more severely affected by it.  In addition to death, carbon monoxide can cause severe learning disability, memory loss, and personality changes.

Carbon Monoxide, the Silent Killer

Often called “the silent killer,” Carbon monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas that is produced when burning any fuel, such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, wood, and charcoal.  Carbon monoxide causes illness by decreasing the amount of oxygen present in a person’s body.

CO poisoning can often be mistaken for other illnesses, such as the flu.  The most common symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and confusion.  In severe cases, the person may lose consciousness or die.  Often, other people in the place of business or household will exhibit similar symptoms.

To decrease the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home, install CO detectors outside every bedroom.  Install the detectors at least 15 feet from a source of CO to eliminate nuisance alarms.  Hardwire detectors if possible, and check every six months.  Do not heat your home or camper with your stove top or use a camp stove, grill,  or generator inside your home or camper.  Do not leave a car or motorcycle running in your garage even if the garage door is open.  Install a CO detector in your boat cabin; CO can accumulate anywhere in or around a boat.  Have your fireplace, stove, and furnace checked regularly by a professional.

Sometimes carbon monoxide poisoning is caused in part by the negligence of a landlord, repair technician, or faulty piece of equipment.  Landlords and professional service technicians are held to the highest standards of accountability for the safety of those they serve.

West Virginia landlords are required to maintain a leased property in a condition that meets requirements of applicable health, fire, and safety housing codes. West Virginia mandates in W.Va. Code Section 29-3-16a that any residence built after 1998 be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.  The federal government, through the International Residence Code (ICR) 315.2, further mandates carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in any one or two family home that either has a fuel-fired appliance or heating unit , or is attached to a building containing such appliance, if any work is planned for that home that requires a building permit.

If CO poisoning is detected, vacate the area immediately and seek emergency help.  Avoid re-entry until the fire department deems it safe.

For information about carbon monoxide poisoning and premises liability, go to http://www.robinettelaw.com/Catastrophic-Injuries-and-Wrongful-Death/