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Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Hepatitis C Outbreak
July 25 2012
Boston, MA: Further to what could be a situation in which hundreds, possibly thousands of people have been infected with Hepatitis C, a medical malpractice class action lawsuit has been filed against Triage Staffing, the company that hired suspect David Kwiatkowski, the person allegedly responsible.
Hepatitis C can be passed on through contact with contaminated blood, through such means as shared needles. According to a report on CNN.com, Kwiatkowski, who worked at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, reportedly injected himself with painkillers meant for patients when he worked at the Hospital and left the syringes for reuse. As he has Hepatitis C, he has put thousands at risk for the virus and infected at least 32 patients. New Hampshire is currently preparing to test thousands of people for the disease as a result, and at least six other states where Kwiatkowski worked are preparing to do the same.
Attorney Domenic Paolini, who filed the class action, says Triage should have researched Kwiatkowski’s background before they placed him in Kansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Arizona and finally New Hampshire.
“Triage was an enabler, what they did, by not doing their due diligence, by not checking on Mr. Kwiatkowski, by not keeping up on what was going on with them at his various assignments they actually enabled him,” Paolini said.
The malpractice lawsuit alleges that Kwiatkowski had a long history of red flags, including everything from allegedly stealing drugs, to falsely claiming he had cancer.
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I was denied harvoni by independent health and now I cannot receive harvoni for my hep. c that i contracted at no fault of my own I worked in a health care setting and had a needle stick in the early 2000's. Now my insurance company will only approve the medication if my viral load is enough to cause severe liver damage, cirrhosis and eventually cause me to have a liver transplant. Instead of being proactive and curing the virus now so i don't have to suffer and eventually have cirrhosis of the liver. Independent health needs to re-evaluate its protocol, even though the medication is expensive, the long term effects of liver transplant and pain and suffering far outweighs curing this virus. I have tried numerous times and appealed and still independent health is still concerned with only the current bottom line and this is unfair to people who cant afford the medication.
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