Princeton West Virginia Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
Attorney Kay Bayless and the Bayless Law Firm stand up for the rights of people who have been neglected or abused in nursing homes in southern West Virginia. When you have the need for yourself or a loved one of skilled nursing care or assisted living, you want to entrust your care to trained professionals. When a facility violates that trust, either through neglect or abuse, the results can be both physically damaging and emotionally scarring. At the Bayless Law Firm, we put our legal skills and litigation experience to work to put an immediate stop to the neglect or abuse and seek the full amount of compensation available from the responsible parties.
Nursing Home Neglect Laws in West Virginia
Nursing home residents in West Virginia are protected from neglect and abuse by federal laws such as the Older Americans Act, as well as state laws enforced through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Adult Protective Services. However, although the government is responsible for investigating reports of suspected abuse or neglect and taking action against offenders, government agencies may be slow to respond to complaints and take action. Of course, if you or a loved one is being neglected, you need action now. An experienced West Virginia nursing home neglect lawyer can act much more swiftly by bringing the matter to the attention of nursing home administrators, seeking an injunction in court, or instituting an action to recover compensation for the damages caused.
The quality of care in West Virginia nursing homes varies wildly from one place to another. There are 126 nursing homes in West Virginia in Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare database. This database evaluates nursing homes on a five-star rating scale based on a variety of factors, including health inspections and complaints, nurse staffing ratios, and how well the nursing home cares for its residents’ needs. Only 16 nursing homes currently have a five-star (much above average) rating, while 21 have only one star (much below average). Overall, slightly more nursing homes are rated above average than below average, but staffing turnover and management can greatly impact how well a facility cares for its residents.
Get Help Now to Stop, End and Prevent Nursing Home Neglect in West Virginia
Legal action is often the fastest and most effective means to putting an immediate stop to institutional abuse and forcing care facilities to change their policies and better screen, train and supervise their staff. Otherwise, abuse and neglect may continue unchecked. For decades, the Bayless Law Firm has been fighting for the rights of injury victims to obtain justice and hold wrongdoers accountable for their behavior. If you or a loved one has been abused in a nursing home in southern West Virginia, or if you suspect neglect, contact the Bayless Law Firm in Princeton for a free consultation.