For the first time in history a nursing home corporation has been arraigned on manslaughter charges. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says Tennessee-based Life Care Centers of America is charged with manslaughter, abuse and neglect in the 2004 death of a woman who lived in their Acton facility.

Most states have laws that make it a crime to abuse and neglect the elderly. In Virginia, most Commonwealth Attorneys will not prosecute these cases as they believe a civil action for money damages is sufficient to punish the wrong doers. Unfortunately, the nursing home industry sees paying damages for abuse and neglect of their residents as just a “cost of business” and rarely change their mode of operation. Maybe a few criminal prosecutions in Virginia would get their attention!

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Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at