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August 2015 Archives

Bus driver claims he was fired unjustly because of his weight

A West Virginia man filed a lawsuit against the Lewis County Board of Education, claiming unjust termination of his employment as a bus driver. He is now awaiting the judge's decision over whether the case will go to a trial by jury. The bus driver claims he was fired unjustly because of his weight.

West Virginia enacts measures to prevent elder abuse and neglect

Authorities in West Virginia recently enacted new measures to protect the health and well being of elderly residents. Elder abuse and neglect is an unfortunate problem in nursing homes and care facilities, often occurring due to the negligence or other wrongdoing of a caregiver or employee. The new state program will require criminal background checks for those who seek employment in an extended care facility.

Fatal car wreck claims life of West Virginia teenager

The numbers of teenagers that lose their lives or suffer injuries in car accidents remains a matter of concern nationwide. West Virginia is no different, and a recent fatal car wreck is being investigated by authorities. Young drivers may not always realize that they -- along with the registered owners of the vehicles -- may be held responsible for accidents that cause injuries or death to their passengers.

A brain injury in a child can have a long-term impact

West Virginia readers know that when a child suffers from a head injury, it can have devastating and long-term effects. A brain injury, even a minor one, can impact development, the ability to concentrate and more. A recent study on the impact of a head injury found that children who have suffered an injury to the brain may have difficulty focusing and reacting.

Are you in a hostile work environment after taking medical leave?

Workers in many industries in West Virginia may find themselves in situations in which their employers interfere with their rights to medical leave. It is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against workers exercising those rights. Although retaliation by employers does not always lead to termination, it may lead to a worker's resignation due to the hostile work environment.

Retaliatory discharge claimed by woman who reported abuse

Because of circumstances beyond their control, many families in West Virginia must send their loved ones to nursing homes and/or rehabilitation facilities. They do so with trust that the facility will provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman had concerns that the nursing home she worked for may have been negligent in its care of patients. When she reported her concerns to the proper governing agency, she claims she was fired. She has recently filed a lawsuit claiming retaliatory discharge.

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