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Virginia Nursing Home to Pay $1.45 Million for its Negligence

A Virginia nursing home has been found negligent after allowing one of its residents to suffer severe second- and third-degree burns while under the facility’s care, according to a recent report by the Fredrickson Free-Lance Star News Desk.  According to the report:

  • The Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center nursing home was ordered to pay $1.45 million to the estate of the victim.
  • The resident was burned when his sweatpants caught fire while he was smoking a cigarette.  He was left unattended outside of the facility. Nursing home staff found the resident on the ground with his clothes on fire. The lawsuit claims that the facility failed to monitor the resident.
  • The resident was admitted to the intensive care unit at VCU Medical Center in Richmond. His medical expenses were reported to have surpassed $600,000.
  • The nursing home is part of Commonwealth Care, a Roanoke-based nursing home chain. According to Medicare’s annual report on the facility, it has an Overall rating of “much below average,” and has a history of care issues. It has been identified as a “Special Focus Facility,” a title reserved for facilities with a documented history of substandard care.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you or your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.