HUNTINGTON -— A man and his wife are suing Cabell Huntington Hospital and Healthnet Aeromedical Services after he claims he contracted hepatitis B.

Matthew K. Arrowood was a flight paramedic and claims he received HBV immunization inoculations and regular physical exams between 1989 and 2009, according to a complaint filed Feb. 1 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Arrowood claims that despite efforts, he was and is not immune to HBV and that Cabell Huntington Hospital employees simply told not he did not respond to the vaccine.

On Feb. 6, 2008, Arrowood was diagnosed with HBV, according to the suit.

Arrowood claims the defendants did not establish practices for preventing blood borne pathogen exposure and needle stick injuries.

Arrowood and his wife, Tar Arrowood, are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by Paul K. Reese.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 10-C-90

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