CHARLESTON – A man is suing Genesis Healthcare for nursing home neglect and abuse.


Sunbridge Beckley Health Care Corp.; Sunbridge Dunbar Health Care Corp.; and unknown entities and nursing care providers were also named as defendants in the suit.


Edith M. Cook was a resident of the defendants until Aug. 11, 2013, according to a complaint filed Dec. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court.


Earl E. Cook, Edith Cook's attorney-in-fact, claims the defendants had a duty to assure that Edith Cook's rights were not violated, including her right to be free from mental and physical abuse and neglect.


The defendants had a duty to assure Edith Cook's right to receive care that promotes maintenance or enhancement of her quality of life; the right to be treated with consideration and respect with fill recognition of her dignity and individuality; and the defendants were required to conduct a comprehensive, accurate, standardized and reproducible assessment of her functional capacity.


Earl Cook claims the defendants failed to properly hire, train, retain, manage, supervise and otherwise oversee the staff to ensure compliance with applicable care and staffing standards and failed to provide Edith Cook with a safe environment.


The defendants also failed to adequately assess and evaluate Edith Cook's needs and properly place her in an environment where her needs could be appropriately addressed and managed, according to the suit.


Earl Cook claims the defendants failed to follow physicians' orders and failed to seek medical attention in a timely manner for Edith Cook's physical and/or mental conditions.


The defendants failed to ensure that their facilities were properly budgets to ensure that residents and/or patients' needs were met, according to the suit.


Earl Cook is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by Ryan J. Duty of Wilkes & McHugh PA.


Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 14-C-2206

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