About

Steptoe & Johnson is committed to a team approach to meeting the needs of clients, while providing the highest quality legal services at the best value. The group understands that workers' compensation represents a significant cost of doing business in the region.  Group lawyers strive to create a partnership with clients to manage all aspects of workers' compensation effectively.

Group members treat the workers' compensation practice as a distinct and specialized area, requiring the full-time commitment of experienced attorneys and paralegals.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Defended a company in workers’ compensation claim alleging manganese toxicity causing Parkinsonism
  • Defended manufacturer in workers’ compensation claim and deliberate intent claim of non-Hodgkins lymphoma allegedly caused by exposure to paint fumes
  • Represented clients in more than 50 appeals before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Defended numerous employers from claimants’ permanent total disability applications
  • Defended major coal company in a variety of claims of disease allegedly due to chemical exposure, including exposure to solcenic, perchloroethylene and other chemical solvents
  • Defended general contractor in workers’ compensation coverage dispute with sub-contractor
  • Defended against more than 20 claims of permanent total disability
  • Represented clients in more than 800 protests before the Workers’ Compensation Office of Judges
  • Represented clients in more than 400 appeals before the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review
  • Defended multi-national manufacturer in workers’ compensation claim and related deliberate intent action alleging solvent exposure
  • Defended against multiple claims arising from allegations of chemical exposure at mining laboratory
  • Defended against more than one dozen claims of permanent total disability
  • Defended numerous industries and businesses in claims of occupational pneumoconiosis
  • Defended numerous industries and businesses in claims of occupational hearing loss
  • Defended against multiple claims arising from alleged occupational disease exposure at a hardwood flooring manufacturer
  • Defended numerous employers in claims of permanent total disability
  • Defended manufacturer in occupational fatality claim resulting from suicide
  • Defended national manufacturers in aviation and other industries in claims of disease and cancer allegedly related to exposure to chemicals including arsenic, trichloroethylene, trichloroethane, and benzene
  • Defended clients in more than 100 appeals before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Defended major energy company in a claim related to exposure to manganese in welding rods and the alleged development of Parkinsons-like symptoms
  • Represented clients in more than 100 appeals before the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review
  • Defended a major newspaper company, a coal company, a casket manufacturer, and an oil and gas drilling company in claims involving acute myocardial infarction or sudden cardiac death
  • Defended manufacturer in claim of injury allegedly due to inhalation of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) fumes
  • Defended manufacturers in claims involving asbestos-related illnesses and mesothelioma
  • Defended fast food industry in deliberate intent, liability and workers’ compensation claims related to an on-site murder
  • Defended against claim of suicide allegedly caused by the psychological effects of an occupational injury
  • Defended against occupational stress-related claims including cardiac arrhythmia, colitis and other physical and mental conditions