New West Virginia Law Designed to Help Patients After Hospitalization

Written by on April 10, 2015 in Asbestos, Mesothelioma

For decades, the attorneys here at Harvit & Schwartz have represented people who have contracted mesothelioma (meso) from exposure to asbestos as well as people who have suffered serious on-the-job injuries. These diseases and injuries often require hospitalization followed by medical treatment for extended periods of time. Now, thanks to West Virginia lawmakers, a new law was passed to help people who need additional medical treatment after being discharged from the hospital.

The “Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act” becomes effective on June 10, 2015. This law will allow a patient to designate anyone, including people without specialized training, as a “caregiver.” A patient is not required to designate a caregiver, but will be given the option upon admission to the hospital. If the patient designates a caregiver, then the hospital must notify that person when the patient is discharged.

The hospital must also advise the patient and the caregiver of the patient’s needs at home after discharge. The designated caregiver is not required to perform any aftercare tasks in the patient’s home, but could assist in tasks that do not require a licensed nurse or other professional. Importantly, the new law allows designated caregivers to receive information about the patient’s post hospitalization needs to make sure the patient receives the needed care at home.

The entire bill may be found here:


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