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.