Relatives claim hospital contributed to woman's death

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 28, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Co-executors of the estate of Freda I. Rider are suing medical facility operators, citing alleged negligence, ordinary negligence, reckless misconduct and wrongful death.

Edward E. Rider and Elizabeth G. Rider filed a complaint Nov. 13 in Cabell County Court against Rebound LLC d/b/a HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Huntington and Encompass Health Corporation d/b/a HealthSouth Corporation alleging that they operate facilities with insufficient staff and supplies to meet residents' needs.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that between Oct. 27 and Nov.  22, 2017, while a resident at the facility, Freda I. Rider suffered from bodily injuries, aggravation of existing diseases and physical defects that ultimately led or contributed to her death. The plaintiffs hold Rebound LLC d/b/a HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Encompass Health Corporation responsible because they allegedly failed to provide proper supervision and assessment to prevent Freda Rider from suffering the development and progression of pressure-related skin injuries.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek all damages allowable under West Virginia law, attorneys' fees, punitive damages and other such relief the court deems proper. They are represented by Jeff D. Stewart, Andrew L. Paternostro and S. Andrew Stonestreet of Stewart | Bell PLLC in Charleston.

Court of Cabell County Case number 18C591

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