Workplace Liability

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso's ("FSB") Workplace Liability Group features a core of experienced litigators able to handle a wide range of matters that modern employers face. The attorneys and staff that comprise the Group have been specifically selected based on practical experience, training, and education in areas of industry and law. With over 100 years of collective experience, as well as lawyers licensed in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Workplace Liability Group stands ready to defend employers from the office to the worksite.

The Workplace Liability Group features West Virginia's premier practice in the area of "Deliberate Intent" (Employers' Liability) litigation and represents employers in all areas of West Virginia industry, from coal companies to hospitals. It has defended over 150 workplace injury suits in the last decade and developed critical case law in the Deliberate Intent arena. The Workplace Liability Group knows the rules and regulations that pertain to workplace safety - in fact the Group frequently defends employers in regulatory matters against the Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") and Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA").

The majority of litigation handled by the Workplace Liability Group relates to accidents in the coal, oil and gas, and construction industries. Due to the unique nature of West Virginia's Deliberate Intent law, its clients are mostly West Virginia businesses. However, the Group also works with major industrial employers and insurers that are headquartered in other states. The Group is very experienced in comprehensive complex litigation as employer liability suits often involve multiple defendants, varying theories of liability, and serious injuries.  The Group’s close relationship with employers also often leads to the handling of a variety of employment law matters including race, age and workers’ compensation discrimination. 

Workplace injury litigation and regulatory safety law are a growing concern for West Virginia businesses. Even in this expanding and often hostile climate, the Workplace Liability Group litigates matters before state, federal and regulatory tribunals. The Group's extensive experience has compelled the development of protocols and procedures that insure complete, efficient, and cost-effective case workup. The Group's effectiveness is further bolstered by FSB's renowned trial experience and established reputation in the legal fields of medical, contractual and insurance defense litigation. The combination of experience and reputation makes this Group a formidable opponent to its adversaries and powerful advocate for employers.


Christopher A. Brumley Peter T. DeMasters Joshua C. Dotson
Kurt E. Entsminger Thomas V. Flaherty Eric Thomas Frye
David S. Givens Will Hanna Robert C. James
Christopher M. Jones Wesley P. Page Philip A. Reale
Bradley J. Schmalzer Luke T. Schmitt Nate K. Tawney
Jason J. Wade