Some say new laws favor nursing homes rather than residents.
Do you live in West Virginia?
Does someone you love reside in a nursing home in this state?
If the answer is yes, you should be aware of new state laws regarding nursing home abuse.
According to a recent The (WV) News Center article titled “W. Va. nursing home abuse law set to go into effect July 1,” these changes put more restrictions on residents filing complaints.
What are the changes?
Currently the law allows a resident two years to file a lawsuit.
The new law limits this to one year.
Limit county of lawsuit.
At present, the victim can file a lawsuit where he or she lives or works.
The new law states lawsuits must be filed in the county where the nursing home is locates.
What does this mean?
Nursing homes will find more protection under state law.
It also increases the urgency of taking action against abuse.
Some say the law favors nursing homes.
Some say it favors victims.
A case can be made for either.
What exactly constitutes nursing home abuse?
- Lack of proper care
- Preventable falls
- Improper medication management
The new law went into effect on July 1.
If your loved one has experienced any of these abuses in West Virginia, then file a lawsuit as soon as possible.
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Reference: The (WV) News Center (June 27, 2017) “W. Va. nursing home abuse law set to go into effect July 1”