Trial Against Rehab Facility Over Man’s Death Starts

Trial Against Rehab Facility Over Man's Death StartsA jury has recently begun to hear arguments in the personal injury lawsuit filed by a man's family against the rehab facility he checked himself into three days before wandering off and dying in the woods.

Gary Williams' family blames the Marworth Treatment Center for his death in 2000, when he was found more than a mile from the rehab center, having died from exposure to the elements, delirium and starvation, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

According to the family's personal injury attorney, staff at Marworth did not do all they could to prevent his disappearance and subsequent death. They allegedly did not provide proper management, medication and monitoring, and did not react to clear signs that Williams needed special care, such as an incident when Williams, a heating and cooling technician, believed himself to be at the facility to repair its air conditioning, and left the building to attempt to do so. 

The family's lawsuit seeks damages for pain and suffering and up to $1.3 million for lost wages, according to the news source.

Located in Waverly, Pennsylvania, the Marworth Treatment Center is a rehab facility for those struggling with alcohol and chemical dependency, according to the company website. Its treatment course is reportedly heavily rooted in the 12-step program.