Nursing Home Patient Dies After Being Lit on Fire by Fellow Resident

A resident of a nursing home has died after his dressing which was being changed was ignited by a fellow resident during an argument last week. The 42-year-old victim was burned during an argument with a 72-year-old female resident Tuesday night, according to the coroner's chief investigator.

The suspect was hospitalized as well for unknown reasons. Police say they will arrest her in connection with the death. While she will be booked for the death, police say she also will face an aggravated arson charge. The Fire Department said that staff at the nursing home extinguished the fire on the man's body before firefighters arrived.

The victim was taken to the hospital burn unit second- where he was found to have second and third-degree burns to 80 percent of his body. He died from his burns less than 24 hours after the incident. The nursing home is working with authorities to complete the investigation. 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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