2008 Nursing Home Fire Leads to Multiple Lawsuits and Criminal Charges Against Owners

Former residents of a senior home ravaged by fire in 2008 are suing the building's owners and managers, blaming them for the 2008 fatal blaze at the building. Criminal case are underway against five owners and managers, charging them with elder abuse and manslaughter in connection with the fire that killed three residents, all over age 60. An investigation after the fire revealed that the building's alarm system was inoperable.

According to the complaint filed last week, the plaintiff's claimed managers knew that the tenant who started the fire, was a "chronic alcoholic" who had "a habit of smoking cigars while receiving medical oxygen," but nevertheless they "provided (him) with alcohol and/or smoking tobacco anyway." There was also a lawsuit filed by former residents earlier this month which claims owners and managers ignored fire code violations and failed to fix the alarm system.

Both lawsuits also claim that the owners and managers were aware of the defective fire system and the high risk of fire from oxygen tanks exposed to open flames, and that they failed protect the safety of residents. Trials on the criminal cases are currently set for September. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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