CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When July arrives at the end of this week, many new laws will go into effect in West Virginia. One, in particular, should interest anyone concerned about nursing home abuse because it will reduce their rights. The new law resulting from passage of Senate Bill 338 this year will cut in half the time for filing lawsuits in cases of nursing home abuse and limit where those suits can be filed.
"It's really a shame that legislators chose to save money for insurance companies by restricting the rights of senior citizens," Charleston attorney Jeff Stewart of The Bell Law Firm said. "It's not fair, but time is running out for people to preserve their rights."
Any cases filed before Saturday will be governed by the current law, so
Stewart is urging anyone in doubt about whether they or loved ones suffered abuse in nursing homes to contact their attorneys as soon as possible. He has been conducting a public outreach campaign, not to provide legal advice but to educate the public of the coming changes. However, people who need legal advice may contact The Bell Law Firm (at 800-342-1701) before July to make sure they preserve their rights.
Nursing home abuse includes improper medication management, lack of proper care, isolation, malnutrition, dehydration and falls that could be prevented. Such incidents occur frequently in nursing homes around West Virginia, but Stewart said, the new law will shield nursing homes from the mistakes they make.
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SOURCE The Bell Law Firm