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Our Attorneys Provide a Wide Range of Legal Services to Charleston, West Virginia and Surrounding Areas

The attorneys of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, were born and raised in West Virginia. We believe in working hard and helping our neighbors, and we apply those principles every day when serving our clients. With an office located in downtown Charleston, our firm serves residents throughout the city as well as those in surrounding areas in Kanawha County.

We focus on representing motor vehicle accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases. However, we also offer legal services in a diverse range of other personal injury practice areas, including nursing home abuse and neglect. We also assist clients with issues involving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, divorce and family law matters.

When clients work with Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, they benefit from our more than 35 years of combined legal experience. Additionally, each one of our partners has received an AV Preeminent® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory.

To discuss how we can assist you and your family with your case, call us today or reach us online. We can provide an immediate, confidential consultation.

Car Accidents and Other Personal Injury Cases

A major focus of our legal practice is serving those in Charleston and surrounding areas of West Virginia who have been harmed in car accidents caused by careless and reckless drivers.

We have experience helping those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in crashes involving drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding and other forms of driver negligence. We also have a firm grasp of the unique issues that can arise in accidents that involve motorcycles, tractor-trailers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Our attorneys seek to recover the maximum amount of compensation for our clients. We do this by conducting thorough investigations and by consulting with highly qualified experts in accident reconstruction and other fields such as life-care planning.

We also explore every potential source of compensation, including the at-fault driver’s liability insurance, your own insurance coverage and compensation from third-party sources such as the at-fault driver’s employer or a business or person who gave alcohol to the driver.

In addition to motor vehicle accident cases, our Charleston personal injury lawyers represent clients in cases involving:

Our goal is to prepare every case for victory in the courtroom. We believe this gives us leverage when we enter settlement negotiations. By taking this approach, our attorneys have been able to secure compensation for many of our clients without the need to take a case to trial.

You will pay no costs or attorney fees unless and until we obtain a financial recovery for you through a verdict or settlement.

Filing a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Charleston, WV

If a lawsuit must be filed and pursued in Charleston on your behalf, it would likely be litigated in a West Virginia state court. The court serving the region is:

Kanawha County Circuit Court
111 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 357-0440

In some cases, it may be necessary to file and litigate a case in federal court. For instance, this may occur if the at-fault party is an out-of-state resident or a corporation. The federal court serving the Charleston area is:

S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse
300 Virginia Street, East, Suite 2400
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 347-3000

West Virginia places limits on how long you have to file a lawsuit after you have been injured by the wrongful conduct of another. This is called the statute of limitations. Because much work must be done before a lawsuit is filed, we encourage you to contact us without delay in order to ensure that your claim is timely filed.

Getting Medical Attention and Requesting a Crash Report in Charleston

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, provides free consultations to those needing assistance with a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Charleston. Before you meet with us, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  1. Seek medical attention – If you have been injured in an auto accident or any other type of incident, you should get medical attention as promptly as possible. This is especially true if you show any signs of traumatic brain injury, spine injury, soft tissue injury (such as whiplash) or internal organ injury. See your family physician or visit a nearby emergency room such as:CAMC Memorial Hospital
    3200 MacCorkle Avenue SE
    Charleston, WV 25304
    (304) 388-5432CAMC General Hospital
    501 Morris Street
    Charleston, WV 25301
    (304) 388-5432Saint Francis Hospital
    333 Laidley Street
    Charleston, WV 25322
    (304) 347-6500Getting immediate medical attention is not only important for your health. The longer you wait to be diagnosed and treated, the more room it gives an insurance company to argue that your injuries were not accident-related. So, seeing a doctor after an accident can protect your legal rights as well.
  2. Request a copy of your crash report – If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident in Charleston, you should also request a copy of the accident report. You can go directly to the law enforcement agency that responded to your crash such as:Charleston Police Department
    501 Virginia Street East
    Charleston, WV 25301
    (304) 348-6400Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office
    301 Virginia Street East
    Charleston, WV 25301
    (304) 357-0216West Virginia State Police
    701 Jefferson Road
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1698
    (304) 746-2128A copy of your crash report will help Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, as we begin the investigation of your case. If you have any difficulty obtaining a copy, just let us know during your consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Our attorneys understand the challenges that families face when choosing a nursing home for their elderly loved ones. Please see our nursing home e-book for information that can help you in making the right choice in Charleston or wherever you live in West Virginia.

We believe it is important for families to visit their loved ones as often as possible when they are living in a nursing home and to pay close attention to signs of possible abuse and neglect. Those signs include:

  • Unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Development of bed sores
  • Sudden loss of weight
  • Fear or apprehension around staff members
  • Depression or anxiety.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, you can report it to the Adult Protective Services (APS) division of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) by calling the 24-hour elder abuse hotline at (800) 352-6513 or by going to the nearest DHHR office:

Kanawha County DHHR Field Office
4190 Washington Street
Charleston, WV 25313
(304) 746-2360

You can also contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Charleston, which is located at:

Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman
922 Quarrier Street, 4th Floor
Charleston, WV 25301
(800) 834-0598, Ext. 2139

Get in touch with Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, as soon as you are ready to take legal action. We can work with authorities who are investigating your loved one’s care. We can also conduct an independent investigation of our own.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a type of medical malpractice claim that can involve complex litigation, especially if the nursing home is part of a national chain. With our extensive experience in this area of the law, we are prepared to protect your loved one’s rights and to pursue any and all compensation that you are due.

Social Security Disability Benefits

We know how frustrating and frightening it is when you cannot work and support yourself and your family due to a medical condition.

However, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits that can help you to get through this difficult time. Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, can assist you in pursuing these benefits.

We can work with you and your treating doctor to compile all of the information that is needed to apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

If your application is denied, our attorneys will be ready to assist you by handling all of the steps that go into appealing the decision. In particular, we can represent you in a hearing before an administrative law judge at the nearest Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR):

Charleston ODAR Office
500 Quarrier Street, Suite 100
Charleston, WV 25301
(888) 527-9325

Throughout your case, we will do everything we can to protect your rights and expedite a decision on your claim. We will not charge for our services unless you obtain the benefits you deserve.

Additionally, we can help you to coordinate your SSD benefits with other benefits you may be eligible to receive such as West Virginia workers’ compensation.

Divorce and Family Law

Getting a divorce can be a stressful and confusing experience. Our attorneys can relieve the burdens you are facing by helping you to file for a divorce in Charleston and by taking care of all related family law issues, including:

  • Spousal support
  • Marital property division
  • Child custody
  • Child support.

You can count on Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, to pay close attention to your goals and tailor our strategy to meet those objectives in the most timely, cost-efficient manner as possible.

In many cases, we can reach a separation agreement that protects our client’s rights and interests without the need for a contested hearing in Kanawha County Family Court. However, if needed, we are always prepared to aggressively advocate for our clients in the courtroom.

We also assist clients in cases involving adoption, paternity disputes and termination of parental rights.

Our Charleston Attorneys Are Ready to Help You

Whether they need assistance with a personal injury, disability benefits or family law issue, Charleston residents know they can turn to the skilled, experienced and dedicated attorneys of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC. We take pride in providing highly personalized, one-on-one attention to each and every client we serve. We believe our clients deserve nothing less.

To discuss how we can assist you, contact us today for a consultation. We can meet with you at our Charleston office or a location that is most convenient for you.