Negligence Costs Rehabilitation Center

A Spotsylvania County jury recently awarded damages in a suit that began two years ago to an estate of a man who suffered severe burns while residing at Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center. Inspectors cited the nursing facility for failing to enforce the no-smoking policy and for not providing proper supervision. Carriage Hill has had previous problems and was placed on a special focus list for 18 months with very little improvement made.

The 49-year old resident suffered second and third degree burns while smoking a cigarette in his wheelchair outside the facility when his sweatpants caught fire. He was left unattended and not monitored by staff. Nursing staff discovered the resident on the ground with his clothes on fire and was admitted to the intensive care unit at a local medical care center.

The resident had limited means of escape due to his long list of medical issues history which included strokes, arm paralysis, poor safety awareness and wheelchair confinement which gave him limited ability to escape the fire of unknown origin. The resident died later due to unrelated health issues. 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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