Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC

Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC

West Virginia Personal Injury and Family Law Attorneys

Firm Overview

Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC is a family law and personal injury law firm in West Virginia. We help clients resolve a wide variety of legal issues, including the following:

-Auto accidents
-Family law
-Truck Accidents
-Personal injury
-Workplace injuries
-Medical malpractice
-Product liability
-Nursing home neglect
-Child custody and support

Providing quality representation in your town and throughout West Virginia:
Since its founding, we have run Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC by placing our clients first and foremost. We build relationships with our clients and work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for every single case.

At Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC, we give clients the same personal attention we would expect for ourselves. When dealing with sensitive family matters like divorce and custody, we are compassionate and patient. When negotiating the potentially life-altering terms of a car accident or slip and fall settlement, we are fearless and aggressive. Each case is treated uniquely and we work tirelessly to build and nurture a trusting relationship with every client.

The attorneys at Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC have been providing the citizens of West Virginia with honest, reliable, and effective representation. Helping people is what we are passionate about. How can we help you?

The law firm of Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC confidently represents clients throughout the state of West Virginia in personal injury matters and family law matters in the following areas:
-Harrison County
-Taylor County
-Braxton County
-Lewis County
-Marion County
-Monongalia County
-Randolph County
-Upshur County
-Preston County
-Doddridge County
-Ritchie County
Main Office

Main Office
16 Sterling Drive Suite 205
Bridgeport  WV  26330

  • (304) 842-4300
Auto Accident
West Virginia Auto Accident Attorney
Auto accidents can have devastating effects on you physically and mentally. The injuries sustained may leave you unable to work, move, or even function normally on a daily basis.

Beyond the pain and damage inflicted upon you, perhaps the crash killed a spouse, child or family member of yours. There is no denying that the after effects of an auto accident can change your life forever. At Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC, we help auto accident victims recover the damages to which they are entitled so they can put the past behind them and move on with their lives.

Get help for your West Virginia auto accident:
Let the experienced West Virginia auto accident attorneys at Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC help you regain control of your life. We use over 30 years of experience to aggressively litigate on your behalf. We are consummate professionals who are attentive to the needs of our clients. We are devoted to providing world-class personal services to every client who walks through our door.

When it comes to pursuing your auto accident case, we are fearless and determined to secure you the rewards you need and deserve following the accident. We fight zealously to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.

In addition to injuries from car accidents, we also help clients with the following:
-Trucking accidents
-Tractor trailer (semi-truck, 18-wheeler) accidents
-Motorcycle accidents
-Watercraft accidents
-ATV accidents
-Other types of vehicular accidents

Over our 30 years of experience we have seen every possible kind of injury. Do not hesitate to call us or contact us to schedule a free consultation. We are here to help you resolve your accident so you can move on with your life.
Trucking Accident
Truck Accidents
From a legal perspective, accidents involving tractor trailer rigs and other commercial vehicles are quite different from accidents involving private passenger vehicles. Here are some of those differences:

Regulations: Unlike private passenger vehicles, the maintenance and use of commercial vehicles is subject to strict regulation. For example, there are federal and state regulations which govern everything from how much weight can be on a given vehicle to how many hours a driver can legally work per day. The violation of any of those standards can be a basis for liability against the owner of the tractor, the trailer, third parties, or some combination thereof.

Registration: It is not uncommon for a tractor to be owned and insured by one party, while the trailer is owned and insured by a second party, and the load itself is owned by a third party. It is important to understand these relationships so that recovery is sought against all proper parties.

Liability of Third Parties: Properly working up a commercial vehicle case involves investigating not only the actions of the owner of the tractor and the trailer, but also whether any third parties acted in a negligent manner, thereby causing or contributing to the incident. For example, if a tractor trailer load shifts, or was loaded in such a way that improper weight distribution contributed to the accident, whose responsibility was it to load the vehicle and secure the load? If the accident was caused by the vehicle's inability to stop in time, whose responsibility was it to maintain the braking system? In addition to the responsibilities of the owner and operator in that regard, was there a third party who was contracted to perform service?

If the brakes or steering failed to work properly, was a design or manufacturing defect to blame?

Design Elements: An often overlooked aspect of the proper investigation of a claim involving a commercial vehicle is whether a design flaw caused or contributed to the injuries. For example, commercial trailers are required by law to have an underride guard, which is typically a welded bar which extends from the back of the trailer downward to the bumper level of a car, so that in a collision the front end of the car absorbs the energy of the crash, rather than allowing the car to go underneath the trailer. In the absence of such a guard, the first impact of the vehicle with the trailer may be the passenger vehicle's windshield, with predictably serious results for the vehicle's occupants. Surprisingly, these guards are sometimes missing or, more frequently, either improperly designed, or damaged but not repaired properly, if at all.

Electronic Evidence: In these days, many forms of electronic evidence are available to a savvy lawyer who knows how to obtain it. Most commercial vehicles have a "black box" which records valuable data such as vehicle speed, braking efforts, and the like. Furthermore, many fleets use GPS to monitor their driver's locations. This information can be quite useful. For example, a tractor trailer driver, who wrecks because he has become fatigued from driving many hours longer than the law allows, may have the impulse to try to cover his tracks by making false entries in his log book for that day. Let's say, for example, that the driver entered in his log book that he had begun a journey northward from Charlotte, North Carolina, on the date of the accident. However, in the course of thoroughly investigating the claim, the lawyer obtains the company's GPS information for that date, and learns that the driver actually left Jacksonville, Florida the morning of the accident, and therefore covered more ground in less time than could legally be done. You now may be able to show that the driver was not merely negligent, but was operating in an illegal and reckless manner. This, of course, makes the case stronger.

Resources: Perhaps the most important distinction between a commercial vehicle case and a passenger auto case is the amount of resources required to properly build the case. In an auto accident, little or no investigation may be necessary beyond the investigating officer's conclusions which are set forth in the accident report. However, in a trucking case, a proper investigation often requires not only attorneys with the experience and know-how to properly investigate and prosecute the claim, but also a firm with the connections and financial resources to locate and retain the engineering and trucking authorities whose expertise is required to win the case and obtain the maximum possible recovery.

Because of the nature of these cases, it is important that the investigation be commenced as soon as possible. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in this position, we will be happy to discuss the matter with you without further obligation.
Wrongful Death
Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC will represent your wrongful death legal matters.
West Virginia nursing home neglect attorneys:
Nursing home neglect is a real problem. At Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC we are committed to addressing this injustice quickly and effectively. We are experienced in helping you seek compensation for nursing home neglect instances such as the following:

-Preventable falls
-Bed sores
-Nurse negligence
-Physical abuse
-Sexual assault
-Poor supervision
-Wrongful death
Aviation Accidents
Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC will represent your Aviation Accident legal matters.
Beyond the pain and damage inflicted upon you, perhaps the crash killed a spouse, child or family member of yours. The injuries sustained may leave you unable to work, move, or even function normally on a daily basis.

Contact the firm today:
Call or visit us for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury matter. We also offer home and hospital visits for those who are injured and cannot travel to us. In family law matters, you can obtain fee information by phone, or schedule a consultation.

Kevin S. Kaufman

Kevin S. Kaufman is a 1977 graduate of Bridgeport High School, where he received a National Merit Scholarship, a Consolidated Natural Gas Company full scholarship, and a West Virginia Achievement scholarship.

Mr. Kaufman completed his education at West Virginia University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, an MBA, and his law degree.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Kaufman accepted a position with Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation. Shortly thereafter, he was selected to work within the law department of the newly formed production branch, known as Columbia Natural Resources.

In 1987, Mr. Kaufman left the Columbia system to form the Charleston law firm, Pierson & Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman remained a partner in that firm and in the successor firm of Pierson, Kaufman & Stowers, until 1992.

In 1992, Mr. Kaufman returned home to North Central West Virginia and established The Law Offices of Kevin S. Kaufman, which ultimately became Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC.

Mr. Kaufman and his wife, Wanda, live in Bridgeport, West Virginia. When they are not working, they enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

Bar Admissions:
-West Virginia, 1985
-U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1985
-U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1985
-U.S. Federal Court, 1985
-U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals

-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1985
-Doctor of Jurisprudence
-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West
Virginia, 1985
-Master in Business Administration
-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1982
-Bachelor of Science

Honors and Awards:
-Scholarship from Consolidated Gas Transmission Corporation
-Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia, National Trial
Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
-American Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions:
-Legal Department of Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation,
Charleston, West Virginia
-Columbia Natural Resources, Assistant to General Counsel
-Pierson & Kaufman
-Pierson, Kaufman & Stowers
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 1985

Adam S. McPherson

Adam S. McPherson is a 1995 graduate of Liberty High School and a 1999 graduate of Fairmont State College, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.

Mr. McPherson began his legal education at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1999, and completed his legal education at West Virginia University where he received his law degree in May, 2002.

Mr. McPherson worked as a law clerk for The Law Offices of Kevin S. Kaufman during his legal education, and became an associate of that same law firm immediately upon his admission to the bar in September, 2002. Mr. McPherson primarily works in the fields of personal injury law and family law.

Mr. McPherson, along with his wife and three children, live in the Clarksburg area.

Bar Admissions:
-West Virginia, 2002
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2002
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2002

-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2000
-Doctor of Jurisprudence
-Fairmont State College, 1999
-Bachelor of Science

Honors and Awards:
-Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia, National Trial
Lawyers Association
-Top 40 under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
-American Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions:
Kaufman Law Offices, Law Clerk
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 2000

Linda Hausman

Linda Hausman is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she grew up in Squirrel Hill. Ms. Hausman received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. While at Pitt, Linda was an active member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority and an elected member of the student government board. Ms. Hausman's positive experiences in extracurricular activities at Pitt prompted her to pursue a career in higher education

Upon graduation from Pitt, Linda enrolled in a master's program in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was also employed in the Office of Student Activities. Upon completion of her master's degree, Linda became employed at West Virginia University in 1983. Linda quickly adopted West Virginia as her new home, being drawn to its friendly people and beautiful scenery. It was during her years at WVU that Linda also became an avid Mountaineer fan.

In 1999 Linda decided to change careers and pursue the legal profession. While in law school at the WVU College of Law, Linda continued her service to the university working in both the General Counsel's Office and the Student Legal Services Office. While living in Morgantown, Linda was very involved in the local community. Linda was a member of the Executive Committee of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties and also served as the chairperson of the United Way Citizens Review and Allocations Committee. Linda's Monongalia County community service also included leadership roles with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Mountain State AIDS Network, and Main Street Morgantown. Since moving to Harrison County, Linda has become involved with the United Way of Harrison County as a member of the Grants Committee. She is a member of the Harrison County Child Abuse Task Force, where she serves as the child advocate attorney and a member of Steering Committee for the Child Advocacy Center.

Linda was employed at McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, L.C. shortly after her admittance to practice law in the fall of 2003. She has built a reputation as a well-respected family law attorney practicing in Harrison County, as well as the surrounding counties. She is a graduate of the American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Program. Linda also is a well-respected family law mediator and is certified by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Linda joined Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC in August, 2009, and continues to practice primarily in the area of family law.

Samantha Chapman

Samantha L. Chapman graduated from Bridgeport High School in 2003. Upon graduating, Ms. Chapman attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV as a John Marshall Scholar. While at Marshall, Ms. Chapman served as the editor of the Marshall University Honors Newsletter and president of the Marshall University Collegiate 4-H Club. Ms. Chapman also maintained memberships in the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.

Ms. Chapman graduated magna cum laude from Marshall University in 2007 where she obtained degrees in both English and Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science.

Ms. Chapman attended law school at West Virginia University from 2007 to 2010. During those years, Ms. Chapman served as both President and Vice President of the Alliance for Social Justice and served as committee chair for Women's Law Caucus and Student Bar Association events. Ms. Chapman was an active member of the Public Interest Advocates and is a trained magistrate court mediator. During her third year of law school, Ms. Chapman represented low-income clients under the supervision of West Virginia University College of Law faculty members as part of the Clinical Law Program.

Ms. Chapman studied at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 2008 as a participant in the 10th Annual Summer School on Dispute Resolution, where she joined a group of diverse students from approximately 40 countries for the purpose of building negotiation and mediation skills. The following summer, Ms. Chapman was awarded a fellowship at ChildLaw Services, Inc., a non-profit legal organization located in Princeton, WV, which devotes its practice exclusively to serving children.

Ms. Chapman began working as a law clerk at Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC upon her graduation from the West Virginia University College of Law in May 2010. Ms. Chapman was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in October 2010. Following her admission, Ms. Chapman joined Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC as an associate attorney, and practices primarily in the areas of family law and personal injury.

Sara Zeigler

Sara E. Zeigler is a 2001 graduate of Liberty High School. She has always had a strong interest in community service, and during her summer breaks, she volunteered at the AmeriCorps Energy Express Program at North View Elementary School.

Ms. Zeigler is a 2005 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in psychology. She graduated magna cum laude. She continued her community service by serving as an AmeriCorps Energy Express mentor during her summer vacations. She taught reading and writing to elementary age students, many of whom came from indigent families.

Ms. Zeigler attended law school at West Virginia University from 2005 until 2008. During her time at the College of Law, she was active in the Public Interest Advocates. Wanting to give back to the community that had given her so much, Ms. Zeigler participated in the Clinical Law Program for the duration of her final year of law school and assisted indigent clients. Ms. Zeigler obtained magistrate court mediator training. She also interned with the 15th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office, continuing her public interest work.

Ms. Zeigler was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in October of 2009. She gained trial experience in her position as a public defender in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Charleston, West Virginia. Appearing daily in magistrate and circuit court on behalf of both adult and juvenile clients, Ms. Zeigler was afforded the opportunity to hone her litigation skills.

In June of 2012, Ms. Zeigler returned to North Central West Virginia. She began working for Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC, in July of 2012. Ms. Zeigler primarily works in the fields of family, criminal, personal injury, and medical malpractice law. Ms. Zeigler and her husband live in the Clarksburg area.