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Veteran left outside nursing home, drowned in puddle

Nursing Home Abuse

A veteran placed in the care of a nursing home died during the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew as nurses left the man outside to smoke during the storm.

The Vietnam war veteran, 66-year-old David Outlaw, was left in the courtyard on October 8 when, according to a nurse, he had refused to go inside the building in favor of smoking. Several minutes after the incident, another nurse came out to give the man his medicine and found the paralyzed veteran trapped under his wheelchair, drowning in a puddle.

His wife, Karyl, who had put him in the home following several years of taking care of him after a stroke that left his left side paralyzed, was in shock and his brother, Richard Outlaw, was frustrated that the home had left him alone. Richland County deputies and state nursing home regulators have already begun the investigation into finding out who is at fault for the death. There has been no response to the media from the nursing home.

Putting your loved ones into a nursing home is often one of the most difficult decisions one can make and finding out that your trust was misplaced in neglectful or abusive nurses can be frightening and infuriating. Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.