Let’s face it – most residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes are incapable of moving quickly. They may be confined to a bed…a wheel chair…or a meri-walker. This reality can have devastating results when a fire breaks out!

Virginia law requires fire suppression and alarm systems in its nursing homes. Although it is the law, I have been in facilities in the past few years which were without fire suppression and alarm systems. A fire in a nursing home can have horrible results as reported in these stories:

· Mocksville, NC
· Hartford, CN – as reported by CBS News
· Louisville, KY
· National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform – press release

Read what the federal General Accounting Office has to say about the risk.

Read this article from the USA Today newspaper.

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