Eight patients died and dozens more were injured when a blaze swept through the NHC Healthcare Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The four-story nursing home on the edge of downtown housed 116 residents, most of whom are unable to walk and had to be carried out by firefighters. Investigators believe the fire started in a second-floor room of the facility, which is owned by National HealthCare Corporation, an operator of nearly 100 nursing homes across the South. Thirteen patients are in critical condition and 44 others were treated at area hospitals.

Although Tennessee passed a building code in 1994 that requires residential areas of nursing homes to be equipped with sprinklers, the NHC facility had none. The home, which was built in the 1960s, was only required to install sprinklers if the owners conducted major renovations. Firefighters say lives would have been saved if sprinklers were installed.

If you or a family member was injured in the NHC Healthcare Center fire, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



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  1. Nursing Home & Elder Abuse
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  3. Lung & Airway Disorders
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