CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County man says a pattern of poor
care, abuse and neglect at HealthSouth Mountain View Rehab caused his father’s
injuries and ultimately led to his death.
Robert Branham Jr., as personal representative of the estate
of Robert Branham Sr. (deceased), filed a lawsuit April 19 in Kanawha Circuit
Court against West Virginia Rehabilitation Hospital Inc., doing business as HealthSouth
Mountain View Regional Rehabilitation Hospital; HealthSouth Corp.; 1543 Country
Club Manor Operations LLC, doing business as Pierpont Center at Fairmont
Campus; and Genesis Healthcare LLC; alleging statutory violations, reckless
misconduct, negligence and wrongful death.
According to the complaint, Branham Sr. was a patient of
HealthSouth Mountain View from Aug. 25-31, 2014, where he allegedly suffered injuries
such as skin breakdown, a spinal fracture and overall decline in his mental and
After transferring to Pierpont on Sept. 5, 2014 the suit
claims Branham’s condition continued worsened, culminating in dehydration and
sepsis, leading to his death on June 2, 2015. The claim states the injuries and
death are a result of the defendants’ lack of monitoring and negligent care.
The plaintiff seeks a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages,
and legal expenses. He is represented by attorneys Andrew L. Paternostro and
Jeff D. Stewart of The Bell Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.
Judge Louis H. “Duke” Bloom is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-598