HUNTINGTON – A woman is suing Huntington Health & Rehabilitation Center after she claims her family member was neglected and abused during his time at the center.

Seventeenth Street Associates is doing business as Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

SMV Huntington LLC; SSC Huntington Operating Company LLC; SSC Submaster Holdings LLC; SavaSeniorCare LLC; and SSC Special Holdings LLC were also named as defendants in the suit.

On April 3, 2014, Gene Harrison was admitted to Huntington Health & Rehabilitation for rehabilitation and assistance with his activities for daily living, according to a complaint filed in Cabell Circuit Court and removed to federal court.

Alicia Crabtree, Harrison's power of attorney, claims Harrison suffered serious injuries from a pattern of poor, neglect and abuse rendered by the rehabilitation center and its staff, including infection of the biliary drain, resulting in cholecystitis and sepsis.

The negligence and abuse of Harrison by the defendants caused the significant destruction of his physical and mental condition during his residency at the facility, according to the suit.

Crabtree claims the defendants failed to adequately monitor and assess Harrison for signs and symptoms of infection; failed to timely report and treat infection; and failed to provide Harrison with appropriate hygiene and other measures so as to prevent the development of infection of the biliary drain resulting in sepsis.

The negligence and carelessness of professionals and non-professionals at the center contributed substantially in causing serious injuries to Harrison, resulting in pain and suffering, according to the suit.

Crabtree claims the defendants also failed to keep Harrison and his family members fully informed of Harrison's total health status and of his medical condition during his residency at the defendants' facility.

Crabtree is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Andrew L. Paternostro and Jeff. D Stewart the Bell Law Firm PLLC.

The SSC and SMV defendants are represented by John J. Meadows of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

The case is assigned to District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 3:15-cv-13318

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