The front page of today’s Fredericksburg, Virginia Free Lance-Star newspaper features a $1.45 million verdict secured by W. Charles Meltmar, a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer with The Cochran Firm DC. The $1.45 million verdict includes pre-judgment interest along with the $1.28 million Virginia nursing home verdict previously reported.
Nursing staff found Roberts on the ground with his clothes on fire, according to the suit, which alleges the home failed to properly monitor and care for the plaintiff. Roberts was admitted to the intensive care unit at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, and his medical expenses exceeded $600,000, court documents say.
Attorney W. Charles Meltmar of The Cochran Firm in Washington, who represented Roberts, wrote in an email that the large verdict last Friday sends a message to other nursing homes and elder-care facilities.
“The carelessness revealed in this case is an outrage, and no responsible society should tolerate it,” Meltmar wrote.
Click here to read the entire story about The Cochran Firm DC’s representation of an individual who suffered second and third-degree burns while under the care of a Virginia nursing home.