HUNTINGTON – A man is suing Huntington Health & Rehab after he claims its nursing staff was negligent and caused him injuries.

Seventeenth Street Associates was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On March 27, 2015, John Curtis was transferred from Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center to the defendants’ facility because he was referred to HHR for rehabilitation instead of being discharged home, according to a complaint filed March 15 in Cabell Circuit Court and removed to federal court on May 16.

Curtis claims he was admitted to the facility until April 20, 2015, when he was transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital for evaluation and treatment of hypotension.

The care provided by the defendants deviated from the standard of care, by failure of the nursing staff to provide services according to acceptable clinical and professional standards due to poor assessment skills; failure of the nursing staff to alert attending physicians of the decline in the plaintiff’s condition; and failure to follow the interventions listed in their plan of care, among other failures.

Curtis claims he sustained wounds that were first classified as venous stasis ulcers and nursing never performed any assessment of his circulatory system.

The defendants’ nursing staff also did not recognized the signs and symptoms of sepsis such as altered mental status, elevated white blood counts and hypotension, according to the suit.

Curtis is seeking compensatory damages. He is being represented by Larry O. Ford of Meyer Ford & Glasser.

The defendants are being represented by Anders W. Lindberg and John A. Hess of Steptoe & Johnson.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 3:17-cv-02960

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