MORGANTOWN – Two women who have power of attorney are suing Worthington Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after they claim their family member was injured during her stay with the center.

Charlene Kimberly and Deanna Cramer were also named as defendants in the suit. PWNR LLC is doing business as Worthington Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

On Aug. 2, 2013, Alicia Kavanagh was admitted to Worthington and Sheila Smith, Patricia Rainwater and the rest of her family expected Worthington to provide her with quality care as required by law, according to a complaint filed in Monongalia Circuit Court.

Smith and Rainwater claim during her admission to Worthington, Kavanagh suffered serious injuries from a pattern of poor care, neglect and abuse rendered by Worthington and their staff, including multiple falls that resulted in a left proximal femur fracture.

The negligence and abuse of Kavanagh by Worthington caused the significant destruction of her physical and mental condition during her residency at the facility, according to the suit.

Smith and Rainwater claim the defendants failed to provide Kavanagh with a safe environment and failed to provide adequate monitoring or preventative measures to prevent her from falling and suffering injury.

The defendants were negligent in causing Kavanagh to sustain bodily injuries, resulting in pain and suffering; mental anguish; inconvenience; physical impairment; loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life; aggravation of existing diseases and physical defects; and incurred medical expenses, according to the suit.

Smith and Rainwater are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Andrew L. Paternostro and Jeff D. Stewart of the Bell Law Firm.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number: 16-C-100

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