I read about a case today that was settled in favor of a family who lost their father when he eloped from an assisted living facility and fell into a drainage ditch, and died.

It is every family’s worst nightmare and yet it happens annually in Virginia.

Loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer’s, short term memory loss are placed in secured facilities for their health and safety. Then, someone is not paying attention, doors are not locked, alarms are not in place, and those loved ones are found outside, having fallen, bloody, injured and sometimes dead.

We have handled numerous elopement cases and continue to assist families who are faced with this same situation: Dad and Mom, known elopement risks, are not watched or monitored, and injury results.

If you are looking for a Virginia law firm to analyze your family’s elopement case from a Virginia nursing home or assisted living facility, feel free to contact our office and ask for Lauren – toll free at 1-866-985-0098.

Such a heartbreaking event shouldn’t continue to happen….

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at