Mountaineer Challenge Academy participant alleges he sustained femur injuries while in program

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 17, 2018

KINGWOOD – A Bruno man alleges he was injured while attending a quasi-military program for at-risk youth in 2015.

Jason Ryan Moorhead filed a complaint in Preston Circuit Court against West Virginia Army National Guard and West Virginia Mountaineer Challenge Academy alleging failure to provide a safe environment, failure to notify parents, failure to seek proper medical treatment and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that beginning on July 12, 2015, he was placed under the care and custody of defendants for a 22-week phase of a monitored training program for at-risk youth. He alleges on July 15, 2015, he severely injured his right femur after being required to jump from the top bunk to exit his bed and was refused medical treatment by MCA staff. He alleges his left femur was injured in the same manner on July 16, 2015.

He alleges when his mother arrived July 22, 2015, to pick him up, he was lying on a concrete floor and unable to walk.

The plaintiff holds West Virginia Army National Guard and West Virginia Mountaineer Challenge Academy responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to notify his parents of his injuries, failed to transfer him to a medical facility and failed to provide a safe environment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants, jointly and severally, in an amount to be determined by jury, pre- and post-judgment interest, and such other just and proper relief. He is represented by Karen S. Hatfield of Law Office of Karen S. Hatfield PLLC in Gilbert.

Preston Circuit Court case number 18-C-71

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