Workplace Injury and Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Jeff Robinette knows McDowell County and Welch WV. Though now a resident of Morgantown, Jeff was born and raised in Welch, graduated from Welch High School and Concord College in Athens, WV. After serving five years as an Army intelligence officer and paratrooper for the 82 nd Airborne Division, Jeff attended the WVU College of Law and obtained his JD degree in 1991. During Jeff’s childhood years in Welch, he could most likely be found on the tennis courts at Linkous Park or working at the local Kroger’s Supermarket where his father was the head butcher for more than thirty years.
Today Jeff is a National Board Certified Trial Lawyer and personal injury attorney with his main office located in Morgantown, WV. He represents clients throughout West Virginia for legal issues including car wreck injuries, workplace injuries including those injuries resulting from coal mining and fracking, trucking accidents, and motorcycle collisions, and wrongful death.
Jeff Robinette is willing and able to help the seriously injured in the following McDowell County communities: Welch, Anawalt, Kimball, Bradshaw, Davy, Gary, Iaeger, Keystone, Northfork, and War.
Welch WV: Small in Size, Big in History
Welch is county seat of McDowell County WV. Incorporated as a city in 1893, it is located at the Tug and Elkhorn rivers.
Welch was named after Isaiah A. Welch, a former captain in the Confederate Army who came to the region as a surveyor, and helped establish the plan for the beginning of a new town. Welch was made the county seat of McDowell County in an election by county citizens in 1892, even before Welch was incorporated as a city. The previous county seat was in Perryville (now the community of English) near present day Coalwood. Results of the election were contested; to avoid violence county records were secretly moved from Perryville to Welch at night in two wagons.
One of most significant events in early Welch history occurred on August 1, 1921, when detectives from the Baldwin-Felts Detective shot down Matewan Police Chief Sid Hatfield, a member of the Hatfield family of the famous Hatfield and McCoy Feud, as well as Ed Chambers on the stairs of the McDowell County Courthouse during the Southern WV coal wars.
In the early 1900’s, as the railroad and coal mining industries were booming, Welch became the prosperous hub of a growing community with three hospitals, retail stores, banks, and churches for a county which boasted a population of nearly 100,000 residents.
In the years following WWII, oil increasingly replaced coal for heating needs, and mechanization replaced workers, greatly reducing the jobs available in the county. Even so, in 1960, McDowell County produced more coal than anywhere else in the nation. Welch proudly proclaimed itself as the “Heart of the Nation’s Coal Bin.”
As US Steel production declined, so did the need for coal. In recent years, McDowell County residents have suffered continued job losses. The closure of coal mines dramatically decreased income and real estate values in the county as miners were forced to abandon homes to seek work elsewhere. One of the most difficult blows to the local economy occurred in 1986 when the US Steel mines near Gary led to the loss of more than 1,200 jobs.
New Job Opportunities in McDowell County
Opportunities for employment have picked up with the building of new state and federal prisons which have infused new revenue into the community. Restoration of the Welch downtown area is moving forward, and locals are working hard to renovate their community.
Fracking in Southern West Virginia is also providing new employment opportunities. Home grown energy and jobs are great, but a high cost has been paid by some landowners, gas drilling workers, and even those who have had to live with contaminated water supplies.
McDowell County West Virginia Injury Attorneys
From our offices in Morgantown, our lawyers are well situated to represent victims and their families in communities throughout the coal, timber and industrial industries operating in Southern West Virginia.
Jeff Robinette and the Robinette Legal Group will work with you to help you recover the maximum money damages you are entitled after an industrial accident or construction job site accident.
As former insurance defense trial lawyers, we know how to investigate accidents to determine the actual cause of the accident and the full extent of damages. If we determine there is another party that caused the accident, we aggressively pursue full and fair money damages, while you continue to receive the workers’ comp benefits you have earned for your on the job injury.
We have experience representing clients in workplace injury claims involving: Construction site injuries, coal mining injuries, fracking injuries, toxic exposure, work truck accidents, industrial accidents, as well as brain, spine, and loss of limbs.
If you have questions about your injury claim, call us before you sign anything or give any recorded statements. We answer questions like yours every day, and can direct you to your next step toward your best recovery. Call Today: 304-594-1800 or after hours, 304-216-6695.