Caregiver Sentenced to Jail After Severely Burning Disabled Patient

A man hired as caregiver to developmentally handicapped adults was sentenced to jail after causing burns to a patient in his care. The charges arose after the caregiver placed a patient in a bath of scalding hot water. A jury found the man guilty of endangering a patient, a third degree felony. He was found not guilty on charges of felony assault and tampering with evidence.

According to prosecutors, the caregiver placed a then 29 year old developmentally disabled man in a tub of scalding water, resulting in severe burns which required thousands of dollars in medical treatment. At the sentencing hearing, the judge called the burns the worst he had ever seen. In addition to the jail time, the man must also pay a $10,000 fine and $100,000 in restitution. 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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