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William L. “Bill” Frame


Phone:
304-534-9019
800-734-7070
Fax:
304-292-9427
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Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1982
  • University of Nothern Colorado
    Bachelor of Science – 1979
    Major: Political Science and Economics


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AAJ, Sustaining Member, M Club, Eagle
  • WVTLA, President, 2003
  • WVTLA, Sustaining Member, Board of Governors
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Bill Frame began practicing law at Wilson, Frame & Metheney, PLLC, in May, 1982. Then, as now, the firm was dedicated almost exclusively to helping children, families, workers, consumers and others wrongfully injured or killed. Bill immediately began trying cases to juries in both State and Federal courts. Early on in his career Bill was trying complex cases involving coal mining injuries and deaths, major motor vehicle collisions, catastrophic explosions and burn injuries, cases involving defective products and exposure to toxic substances, medical malpractice and construction site incidents.

At the same time, Bill Frame and his firm were pioneers in broadening and expanding insurance law in West Virginia, fighting for greater insurance coverage in liability and underinsurance situations, and challenging insurance industry practices with insurance bad faith litigation. Bill has had extensive experience and success in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

For his commitment to and passion to his clients, Bill has been recognized by his peers and honored for his work. He is a career long member of the America Association for Justice, achieving leadership status as an “Eagle.” Bill has also been a member of the West Virginia Association for Justice, serving on its Board of Governors, and was chosen as its President in 2002.

Bill Frame has been recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer from 2006 to present, been invited to join the National Trial Lawyers as one of its “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers for 2015″, and by Best Lawyers(8), Best Lawyers in West Virginia.

Bill Frame handles all types of motor vehicle accidents including passenger vehicles, motorcycles, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles. He also handles cases involving workplace injuries or death, medical malpractice and defective products. He actively prosecutes cases against insurance companies for bad faith and refusal to settle claims.


Recent Cases:

Marcellus Gas Well Explosions: Schoolcraft v. Chesapeake, et al. – hydrocarbon vapors ignited, causing explosion, Severe burn injuries;

Murray v. Anterno Resources, Nabors Completion and Production Co. – diesel engine ignited hydrocarbon vapors, multiple fatalities and burn injuries.

Infected TKA: Biesczad v. United Hospital Center and Joseph Fazalare, M.D. – failed total knee arthroplasty, infection, permanent total disability;

Nursing Home Neglect: Wolfe v. Heartland of Preston County – failure to prevent fall, wrongful death;


Representative Cases:

Medical Malpractice:

Lemley v. Monongalia General Hospital – wrongful death after Coronary artery bypass grafting;

Ewing v. West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., and VVVll Board of Governors – wrongful death following repair of atrial septal defect;

Bland v. Womancare – failure/delay in diagnosis of breast cancer;

Cottrill v. United Hospital Center – wrongful death resulting from failure to monitor anesthesia;

Southerly v. Grant Memorial Hospital – failure to diagnosis damage to popliteal artery, amputation.


Defective Products:

Stiles v. Continental Motors, Federal Aviation Administration – aviation accident, defective stud in motor, negligence in air-traffic control;

Huber v. Ford Motor Company – wrongful death resulting from defective speed control cable.


Workplace Injuries:

Gum v. Trus Joist McMillen – gas line explosion;

Lawson v. Consol – mine Shaft explosion;

Nester v. Monongahela Power Company – toxic exposure, mercury poisoning.


Motor Vehicle Accidents:

Menear v. VVV Department of Highways – burn injuries, asphalt truck upset;

Strawser v. Mowry – Semi-tractor trailer ran over truck driver;

Poling v. EverSon – motorcycle/vehicular accident;


Insurance Claims:

Lazzell v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. – bad faith refusal to pay fire loss;

Metheny v. Roberts – bad faith refusal to surrender within policy limits resulting in a substantial excess recovery;

Korzun v. Yi, Hertz Rental Car – declaration of coverage for underinsured motorist,


Criminal:

State v. Cullers – first degree murder;

State v. John Boy – Sexual assault by a custodian; State v. Pruitt, armed robbery;

State v. Sypolt – child sexual assault;


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Defective Products
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Criminal Defense in Federal and State Courts
  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Bar Admissions
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1982 U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1983 U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1989 Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1982

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