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Residents Sue Nursing Home After Abandoned During Fire

Four residents of Villa Capri assisted living center have sued the facility and alleged that on October 9, 2017, they were abandoned by the facility’s staff when a firestorm forced an evacuation. The suit alleges that the residents, along with “other residents in wheelchairs, and other residents with dementia who were physically and cognitively incapable of escaping a burning building without assistance,” were left stranded. The suit names Oakmont Senior Living and Oakmont Management Group as the defendants.

The residents’ ages ranged from 82 to 92. Ultimately, two visitors at the facility rushed into the building to help those stranded evacuate. The visitors went outside to see how close the fire was to the building. When they walked out, the door automatically locked behind them. One of the visitors went to her car, got a tow hitch, and threw it through the glass, then opened the door. All residents were then successfully evacuated.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.

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