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Berthold Law Firm PLLC
208 Capitol St.
Charleston  WV  25301

Phone
  • 304-345-5700
Fax
  • 304-345-5703
Wrongful Death
We have over 36 years of experience in handling significant litigation involving wrongful death in a broad spectrum of practice areas, including:

Coal and oil and gas accidents

Medical malpractice

Auto & Trucking accidents

Industrial accidents
If you have lost a family member unexpectedly due to wrongful death, the financial burdens of missing work, funeral expenses, or lost income should not add to your emotional distress. Under West Virginia law, if your loved one has been killed due to the negligent or reckless behavior of a third party, you can collect damages. Whether this negligence occurred in an auto accident, because of medical malpractice, or nearly any other circumstance, you should contact the West Virginia wrongful death attorneys at Berthold Law Firm. We can file a suit for you as soon as possible and alleviate your financial worries, so you can focus on what is really important - your emotional healing. Additionally, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide closure for you and your family by holding the responsible party accountable for their careless or negligent actions.

Though it may be difficult, pursuing a West Virginia wrongful death suit through our attorneys can be the first step toward healing. Contact Berthold Law Firm today for more information on wrongful death laws, and how those laws can protect you during this difficult time. Our attorneys are dedicated to pursuing justice and will work diligently to review, prepare, and represent your case.

Learn more about wrongful death, and find out if our attorneys can help you regain peace of mind.
Auto Accident
Our car accident lawyers want to make the roads safer for everyone. If you have been in a car accident that was the result of another's negligence, we make it our priority to get the maximum recovery, and to discourage reckless driving in our state.
In the United States, getting behind the wheel of a car may be one of the most dangerous things you can do. Unfortunately, the automobile, which enables us to get to work, to go shopping, to pick up our children from school, and to do a variety of other daily tasks, causes more than 3 million injuries every year. An estimated 2 million of those injuries are permanent. Fortunately, a West Virginia car accident lawyer at Berthold Law Firm can help injured parties secure the future for themselves and their families. Contact us today to review your case with a knowledgeable car accident attorney.

Car Accident Statistics and Information

In West Virginia, the risk of an auto accident is greater than in most states. In spite of being a small state, there were 30.4 car accident deaths per 100,000 licensed drivers in 2000, and 2.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. These statistics land us solidly in the top five most dangerous states to drive. Moreover, in 2000, 36 percent of fatalities in West Virginia car accidents occurred when a driver was under the influence of alcohol. However, our attorneys can help if this has been the case.


Remember, our firm handles cases on a contingency basis. If we take on your case, you will be charged only if we win. You have nothing to lose by consulting a Charleston, West Virginia car accident attorney at our office. Each lawyer has extensive experience and is committed to pursuing justice for injury victims. We have won millions for victims of negligent driving.
Medical Malpractice
We have 36 years of trial experience, and have handled many different types of medical malpractice cases including brain injury cases, failure to diagnose illnesses, negligence by nursing staff, and may other types of medical cases.
At Berthold Law Firm, located in Charleston, West Virginia, a medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer can effectively evaluate your case. When individuals enter into agreements with health care providers for treatment, they are placing their health and well‑being into the hands of medical practitioners. Though there are inherent risks involved with nearly all forms of medical treatment, patients deserve, and should be able to expect, the highest level of professional competence when they are in the care of a medical treatment facility, be it a hospital, nurses’ clinic, nursing home for the elderly, or a chiropractic center.

When a medical professional provides care that does not meet current medical standards, that professional may be committing medical malpractice. If a medical professional, including nurses and physicians, do not give the patient the appropriate level of care required, they subject that patient to an inordinate level of risk. Poor care can cause direct injury including severe illness, dependence on prescription drugs, debilitating personal injury, psychological trauma, and even death. Medical malpractice claims can be filed for injuries relating to misdiagnosis of disease, inappropriate and/or negligent treatment, and negligence occurring during surgery.

If a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider has caused you injury or suffering as the result of negligent and reckless care, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against him or her. If you live in West Virginia area and would like to speak to a medical malpractice or birth injury lawyer about your claim, contact Berthold Law Firm today.


Personal Injury
Personal injury is a broad category of law that can be applied to anything from slip and fall injuries to construction injuries to injuries incurred in a car accident. Our firm has handles a broad range of person injury cases.
Given how broad of a category personal injuries entail, it is best to discuss what types of injuries and/or harms are considered to be personal injuries? Fundamentally, personal injury is defined as any harm, from a broken arm to chronic pain to disease, incurred by the willful, negligent, or reckless conduct of a person, a group of people, or even a corporation. At Berthold Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience in trying and winning these types of cases for our clients. If you have been hurt as a result of the negligence of others, contact our personal injury lawyers in Charleston, West Virginia today to schedule a consultation.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

With so many attorneys advertising their services, it is difficult for a potential client to determine which attorney might be best for their case. Ask the attorney how much trial experience they have in handling similar cases. Experience matters.

The value of your case may likely revolve around the experience and reputation of the attorney that you hire.

Your case may be worth $100,000 with an attorney of little experience, versus $300,000 with an experienced reputable attorney. Defense lawyers and insurance companies know who are the experienced attorneys in their area.

We have 35 years of trial experience, and are rated in the highest category on a national basis by numerous peer review organizations. Below are a few of our results over the last few years:

$5.7 million dollar settlement on behalf of a brain damaged infant due to a birth injury.

$50 million dollar jury verdict as co-counsel in a coal mining suit involving tortious interference and fraud.

$6 million dollar settlement on behalf of a brain damaged occupant of an automobile accident involving a drunk employee of a large corporation.

$2.75 million dollar jury verdict on behalf of a individual killed in a products liability action in a coal mining accident.

$3.8 million dollar settlement in a medical malpractice suit involving a brain injury that occurred in an emergency room setting.

We have handled thousands of cases over the years. We believe that our experience and reputation speaks for itself. Contact us today to determine if we can assist you in your case after a free consultation.

Robert V. Berthold, Jr.

Robert V. Berthold, Jr. is a highly successful trial lawyer with 35 years of experience, who practices primarily in the areas of medical malpractice including brain injury and birth injury cases, as well as cases involving insurance bad faith, complex auto/trucking accidents, industrial and coal mining accidents, and product liability issues. He was co-counsel in a Fifty Million Dollar jury verdict in 2002, which was one of the top 100 verdicts in America for that year.

Mr. Berthold is listed in the Best Lawyers In America, and was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers is by invitation only, and is limited to no more than 1 percent of the practicing attorneys in the state of West Virginia. He was also invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates, as well as other prominent legal organizations.

Mr. Berthold completed his undergraduate education at West Virginia University in 1973, where he graduated cum laude. Three years later he also earned his law degree from West Virginia University. Mr. Berthold started practicing law in 1976.

Rob has been practicing law as a plaintiff's attorney for over 35 years. He is rated "AV" by Martindale
Education
  • West Virginia University
    Undergraduate , 1973
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 1976
  • West Virginia University
    Undergraduate , 1973
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 1976

Christina Smith

Christina Smith has been practicing law for 14 years. Ms. Smith began her legal career as a Writ Clerk for the West Virginia Supreme Court. Since leaving the West Virginia Supreme Court, she has worked as both a defense and a plaintiff's attorney. While working as a defense attorney she participated in defending numerous mass litigation cases, including work in tobacco and pharmaceutical cases, as well as defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. She has spent the last eight years as a plaintiff's attorney and has concentrated her work in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, deliberate intent work place injuries, insurance bad faith, and medical malpractice.

Christina received her Bachelor's Degree from University of Kentucky in 1991, where she graduated with honors. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1997. Ms. Smith is licensed to practice law in West Virginia and Kentucky. She is a member of the West Virginia Bar Association and the West Virginia Association for Justice.
Education
  • University of Kentucky
    Marketing , 1991
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 1997
  • University of Kentucky
    Marketing , 1991
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 1997

Robert V. Berthold III

Robert V. Berthold III joined Berthold Law Firm in 2009. His emphasis is on automobile accidents, trucking accidents, industrial accidents, insurance litigation, and medical malpractice. He has successfully negotiated many insurance settlements on the behalf of injured plaintiffs.

Mr. Berthold completed his undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky in 2004, where he graduated cum laude, receiving degrees in Economics and Marketing. He returned to West Virginia, and in 2009 received his law degree and a Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia University. Mr. Berthold was admitted to practice law in 2009.

Mr. Berthold is admitted to practice in all of the Circuit Courts in West Virginia, the United States District Court For the Northern District of West Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Education
  • University of Kentucky
    Economics, Marketing , 2004
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 2009
  • University of Kentucky
    Economics, Marketing , 2004
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 2009

Holly DiCocco

Holly DiCocco has been a litigation attorney since 2000. Prior to joining the Berthold Law Firm in 2011, Holly
Education
  • West Virginia University
    Business Administration- B.S. , 1996
  • West Virginia University
    Industrial Labor Relations- Masters Degree , 1997
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 2000
  • West Virginia University
    Business Administration- B.S. , 1996
  • West Virginia University
    Industrial Labor Relations- Masters Degree , 1997
  • West Virginia University
    JD , 2000

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