Chris Rigdon was raised by his grandparents, Orie and Helen Rigdon. Before Orie died in 2004, Chris promised him he’d take care of Helen. Chris eventually came to believe he had breached that promise — but that was due, he alleged, to the gross negligence of Ashley River Plantation Retirement Community, where he moved Helen Rigdon in July 2009.
On her admission, she was diagnosed with hypertension, dysphasia and muscle weakness. Her care plan noted that she would require full assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. She was unable to walk, and she often became confused and disoriented due to senile dementia. Nathan Hughey (pictured) of Charleston, represented the plaintiff.
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