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Fire Alarm Leads to Wrongful Death

Published on September 25th, 2017

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the tragic and preventable death of nursing home resident Dorothy Broome.  Police were dispatched to the area about 10 p.m. Aug. 25 after a man saw the woman’s wheelchair in the ditch on his way home from work.  Broome was found face down along South Main Street.

Broome was a wheelchair dependent resident at Gilmer Nursing Home who was found in a nearby ditch and later died after she fell while leaving the facility after a fire alarm was pulled, unlocking the doors.  Earlier that night, a fire alarm was pulled and Broome fell as she was leaving the building and sustained multiple injuries, the nursing home said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through its attorneys.

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