Justin Huckins, who lived at One Vision in Clear Lake, died from a brain injury on May 19, 2016. He graduated from Mason City High School in 2013 and moved to One Vision in February 2016, according to his obituary.
His parents, Melanie Huckins and William Huckins, both of Mason City, filed the initial lawsuit in Cerro Gordo County District Court in April 2018. The trial is set for Sept. 17, 2019, with Judge DeDra L. Schroeder presiding.
The suit argues Huckins received delayed treatment from One Vision staff after falling and hitting his head in his room on April 13, 2016. After the fall, court documents say Huckins complained of a headache and stomachache before throwing up and having a seizure.
His father arrived at One Vision about two hours after the incident and insisted an ambulance be called, according to the lawsuit.
Doctors confirmed Huckins sustained a significant brain injury and that his brain had been bleeding for about three hours, court documents said. He died about a month later from complications after multiple surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay.
Huckins' parents allege staff had been inadequately trained regarding their son’s individual support plan and the nature of his seizures. Huckins had epilepsy and autism.
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One Vision filed an answer to the civil lawsuit on May 21. The organization admitted noise was heard from Huckins' room, but said the door could not be opened to check on him.
“A loud crash and bang was heard, and staff went to Justin’s room,” the suit said. “Staff went to the room, but the door was slammed shut when staff went in to look at Justin.”
One Vision denied the majority of the statements in the suit, many of which involved medical care staff gave to Huckins.
One Vision repeated the answer that “the notes speak for themselves” for administering medicine and some of Huckins' symptoms while denying other allegations.
The lawsuit doesn't say how much money the Huckins are seeking. Documents setting the trial date say the amount exceeds $10,000.
A nearly identical wrongful death suit filed by the Huckins against One Vision was initiated in September 2016 and dismissed without prejudice, meaning the another suit could be filed based on the same grounds, in November 2017. The suit was refiled in April 2018.