Patients Sue After Being Infected With Hepatitis C Virus

One hazard of being in a nursing home, hospital, or other care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in the health care setting.

There are many examples of patients getting diseases and infections in this manner.  An article in the May 2 Valley News titled “More N.H. Hepatitis C Suits Settled” discusses an outbreak of Hepatitus C in a New Hampshire hospital that resulted in various lawsuits, including a class action lawsuit.

An excerpt from the article:

The civil lawsuits seek to hold the hospital accountable for its hiring and management of David Kwiatkowski, who is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Kwiatkowski had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011, despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations. Since his arrest in 2012, 46 people in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the same strain of the hepatitis C virus he carries, and authorities say the disease played a role in a Kansas woman’s death. Kwiatkowski also worked in Michigan, New York, Arizona and Georgia.

The July 5, 2012 article titled “Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in N.H. grows to 27 cases, lawsuits follow” also discusses the underlying incident and the associated lawsuits.  This article mentions “drug diversion” as a possible means by which the Hepatitis C virus was transmitted.  An excerpt:

Back in June, Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire’s public health director, said “drug diversion” from a hospital employee was being eyed as a potential cause of the outbreak. Drug diversion refers to when a hospital worker injects himself with drugs meant for patients and then puts the syringe back, possibly containing a different solution like saline, only to be inadvertently administered to patients.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two named above.


Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

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