Hospital Settles with Family of Resident Who Wandered Onto Roof and Froze to Death

Recently we reported on a dementia patient who wandered from her hospital room and was later found dead on the roof. We now can report that the case has been settled between the hospital and the woman's family. A judge approved the settlement which will be paid in part by the hospital, and in part by the state.

The 89-year-old woman died of hypothermia on Dec. 3, 2008 after wandering from her 12th floor room through a fire door, up some steps and through a door to the roof wearing only a gown and slippers. In addition to the settlement, State inspectors fined the hospital $17,000 for multiple regulatory violations following the woman's death. 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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