Understanding the West Virginia Patient Safety Act
If you have concerns about patient safety, you’re protected by law
Health care workers throughout West Virginia put their own health and safety on the line to care for patients. If you’re in the health care field, it’s likely because you have deep and abiding concern for the people in your care, and when their safety is at risk, you want to speak up. This is protected by West Virginia law.
The West Virginia Patient Safety Act says that health care workers, including doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse’s aides, physical therapists, laboratory technicians, residents, interns, and anyone else who provides direct patient care, cannot be retaliated against for reporting misconduct or raising patient safety concerns in good faith. If your employer terminates your employment or takes other adverse employment action, you have recourse under West Virginia law, and an experienced employment law attorney can protect those rights.
If you are a health care worker, you need to know your rights under the Patient Safety Act. If you intend to make a report or are facing retaliation or discrimination for a report you made in good faith, Klie Law Offices is prepared to fight for you. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation.
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