A Huntington, WV woman lays in a hospital bed after suffering elder abuse.

Has Your Elderly Loved One Been Abused?

We will fight for your family. The team at Stewart Bell, PLLC will seek justice and compensation for the abuse your loved one suffered at the hands of a caregiver.

Each year, numerous elderly individuals are subjected to physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and exploitation from trusted caregivers, and this abuse can significantly affect their health and quality of life.

The elderly deserve to be treated with compassion, respect, and dignity. When you’ve learned that your family member has been abused it can be devastating. Our Huntington, WV, elder abuse attorneys have been protecting the rights of abused elderly adults for decades, and we will do the same for your family. If your loved one has been abused by a caregiver, don’t hesitate to call our office at 304-345-1700 to seek justice and compensation for your family.

Getting Help Is Easy

All you have to do is call and share your story with our team of attorneys for free. If you have a case, we will handle it from there.

You Deserve Justice

You and your family deserve justice and compensation for the abuse your elderly loved one suffered. Our attorneys can help you fight for what you’re entitled to receive.

No Cost Unless We Win

We’ll help you seek justice and compensation on a contingency-fee-basis. That means you won’t have to pay us a single penny unless we win for you.

We Understand Your Pain

Our elderly loved ones rely on their caregivers for their daily needs, so finding out that your loved one has suffered abuse can be incredibly heart-wrenching. Elderly individuals who have been abused may be physically or emotionally hurt, withdrawn, angry, or scared of what may happen next, especially if the abuser hasn’t faced justice.

You put your trust in a caregiver to tend to your loved one’s needs with kindness and empathy, and we understand how painful it can be to learn that your trust was betrayed with dire effects. That’s why we’re here to help you through this difficult time. Our Huntington, WV, elder abuse attorneys understand the laws regarding elder care and abuse, and we can take on the hard work of building a case so you can focus on the safety and well-being of your loved one.

Get Your Free Case Review

Do I Have a Case?

Elder abuse cases can involve many circumstances and types of abuse or injuries. Still, the common thread is that an elderly and vulnerable individual suffered abuse at the hands of a trusted caregiver or family member.

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional or mental abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Financial exploitation

Neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to provide for the elderly individual’s needs or fails to protect them from harm. Neglect may include a failure to provide:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Hygiene
  • Clothing
  • Medical treatment
  • Hydration and nutrition
  • Companionship
  • Protection from harm

The statute of limitations is the time limit in which you can file a criminal or civil lawsuit. In West Virginia, you have two years from the date of the elder abuse or the date of discovery, whichever is later. Elder abuse cases can be complicated, especially if the abuse was ongoing. There can be exceptions to your time frame based on the unique circumstances of your case, so it’s best to consult with an attorney to help you ensure you have the best chance at receiving the justice and compensation you and your loved one deserve. Our attorneys are experienced in elder abuse cases. We can help you understand your rights and pursue your case on your behalf so you can focus on spending time with your loved one.

Has Your Loved One Suffered Abuse or Neglect by a Caregiver?

Don’t wait. Call the team at Stewart Bell, PLLC to share your story. We’ll work on your behalf for the justice and compensation your family deserves.

Get Your Free Case Review

How Can a Lawyer Help?

Elder abuse cases are complex, so you may be at a disadvantage in attempting to handle one yourself. An elder abuse lawyer not only knows the laws and regulations surrounding elder abuse in West Virginia, but they can handle all the details of the case for you. A lawyer will gather evidence and witness statements, field calls from defense attorneys or insurance adjusters, and build a strong case on your behalf. Lawyers also know what kinds of compensation you can seek and how to help you fight for the full amount you deserve, putting you in the best position possible for a successful turnout of your case. Contact our Huntington, WV, elder abuse attorneys today to learn more about your options and how we can help in a free case review.

What Happens Next?

Just give us a call or fill out the online form to share your story. If you have a case, we will start working immediately to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.

Your lawyer will gather important evidence for your case, including documentation, medical records, and witness statements.

Your lawyer will speak with the insurance adjuster or defense attorney on your behalf to negotiate a settlement. If an offer is made, your lawyer will reach out to you to discuss your options.

While most cases are settled out of court, if your case needs to go to court to secure the settlement you deserve, your lawyer will be your advocate and represent you before the court.

During negotiations, your lawyer will keep in contact to ensure you’re informed every step of the way. Once a settlement is reached, we will work to get you a check as soon as possible.

Has Your Loved One Been Abused by a Trusted Caregiver?

Take action. The sooner you call the team at Stewart Bell, PLLC, the sooner we can begin building your case to seek the justice and compensation you and your family deserve.

Get Your Free Case Review

Frequently Asked Questions

All types of abuse have signs and symptoms, some more subtle than others. Physical or sexual abuse may have obvious signs like hospitalizations, bruises, broken bones, bleeding, and torn or bloody clothing. Emotional abuse, neglect, and exploitation may have more subtle signs, such as isolation, depression, moodiness, withdrawal, and anger toward others. If you suspect your loved one has been abused, call our office immediately. We will help you determine if you have a case and figure out the next best steps from there.

Financial abuse encompasses various acts, but it’s always the illegal or improper use of an elderly individual’s resources. You may notice missing belongings, canceled checks, unpaid bills, unexplained ATM withdrawals, and other inconsistencies. The caregiver may show an unhealthy interest in the patient’s financial situation as well. Our attorneys are experienced in financial exploitation cases and can help your family seek to recover what your loved one may have lost to their abuser.

In the case of elder abuse, a caregiver can refer to any individual or facility with power over the elderly individual and is expected to provide care. This may include informal caregivers, such as family members or friends, as well as home-health nurse’s aides, nursing home staff, and other hired professionals.

If you suspect any type of abuse, you should check in with your loved one and encourage them to confide in you about their experience. If they deny abuse, but you still suspect it, it’s important to contact authorities to open an investigation. For neglect and abandonment, call Adult Protective Services, an ombudsman, or the police. If your loved one is in immediate danger, call the police or 911. Then call our experienced lawyers for the help you need in seeking the justice and compensation you and your family deserve.

After reporting elder abuse, the course of events depends on which authorities you contacted and what their investigation reveals. In some cases, the investigation doesn’t guarantee your loved one’s safety, so it’s important to speak with a lawyer to take legal action.

Request a Free Consultation

For more than 30 years, the lawyers of Stewart Bell, PLLC have helped the people and businesses of West Virginia protect their interests and rights. We understand the issues that injured people and their families face after an accident and work quickly to obtain the MAXIMUM amount of compensation for every case we handle.

We have recovered MILLIONS of dollars for clients injured because of nursing home abuse, motor vehicle accidents or medical malpractice.