Workplace Injury

West Virginians have a long and proud history as hard-working, blue-collar people. Whether in the coal mines, surface mines, factories, chemical plants, or logging operations, work in our state is often physically difficult and sometimes dangerous.

While West Virginia has adopted a workers’ compensation system to provide some degree of compensation for those injured on the job, most overlook an additional layer of potential compensation that is over and above the workers’ compensation limits. This additional source of potential compensation is called deliberate intent, or commonly referred to as a “Mandolidis” claim. If your employer had knowledge of dangerous conditions on the jobsite before sending workers into that area and you were subsequently injured as a result of one of those previously known dangerous conditions, then you may have a deliberate intent claim that could entitle you to compensation above the workers’ compensation system.

While deliberate intent claims can arise from most job sites, commonly these claims arise from mine operations, factory settings, heavy equipment operations, logging operations and other strenuous work environments where mistakes and shortcuts can cause serious injury or even death.

The Olivio Law Firm, PLLC has the necessary experience in deliberate intent cases. For more than a decade, the attorneys at the Olivio Law Firm, PLLC represented companies against workers’ injury claims. Now that same experience is proving beneficial to workers injured on dangerous job sites such as mines, heavy equipment operations, and logging operations. The Olivio Law Firm, PLLC understands the regulations that guide many of the dangerous job sites. Regulations such as those set forth by OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, and others create standards that employers must meet in order to provide a safe working environment.

success stories

I want to thank Michael so much he went above and beyond. He was a great person to deal with in my case. He is very caring and respectful and he really cares about his clients and his job. Thank you very much. I can’t thank you enough. If you ever need a lawyer come here they are a great law firm.

Not only is Michael intelligent, hard-working, competent attorney, he’s also a good guy. He is a family man and the kind of person you can trust.

Michael is a fantastic attorney who guided my mom through her lawsuit and eventual settlement. He was supportive and always made sure we knew what was going on. You can tell he really cares about his clients and wants to do the best for them!

Michael cares about his clients, focusing on each case and making it his priority in order to help procure the best outcome possible. He is very down to earth which makes the experience of hiring an attorney less stressful and gives you the extra confidence. He will work honestly and diligently on your case.

Michael is a wonderful caring attorney with excellent personal skills as well awesome knowledge for clients with personal injuries. Michael was a pleasure to work with and representing us. Thank you Michael for all your help and support.
John and Roberta

My experience with Michael was remarkable. I was injured in a car accident, overwhelmed by my symptoms and inundated by paperwork. While I was trying to make a difficult decision related to surgery, Michael negotiated the highest settlement available under the law.

Our deliberate intent team will thoroughly investigate your claim, retain a team of experts to support your claim and build your case for a successful outcome, through trial and appeal, if necessary.

  • At the Olivio Law Firm, PLLC we have a history of representing clients in deliberate intent cases that involve severe or fatal injuries such as the following:
  • Crushing injuries resulting in broken bones or permanent disability
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe burns caused by fires, explosions, chemical exposure, or electrocution
  • Spinal cord damage resulting in partial or total paralysis
  • Asphyxiation
  • Severe injuries to the neck or back
  • Soft tissue injuries or joint damage