Seattle Times reports malpractice cause of Hepatitis C outbreak

In one of the most egregious medical malpractice cases, the The Seattle Times report says that medical staff re-used single dosage vials of sedative medication on more than one patient, passing Hepatitis C infections between patients.

The CDC has said that 84 patients have contracted Hepatitis C from the clinic and the number could be potentially far greater. They say that 50,000 patients should be tested.

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infectious disease that infects the liver. 80% of the time the disease can by asymptomatic — without symptoms — and even without symptoms it can cause liver damage including cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Click here for the CDC’s hepatitis fact sheet.

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In the case of a patient contracting Hepatitis C as a result of bad medical practices, the medical malpractice attorney could prove that the health care provider negligently treated a patient. In Washington state malpractice cases the “standard of care” provides that a health care provider is negligent if he or she “failed to exercise that degree of care, skill, and learning expected of a reasonably prudent health care provider at that time in the profession or class to which he belongs, in the state of Washington, acting in the same or similar circumstances” and “such failure was a proximate cause of the injury complained of.” RCW 7.70.040(1), (2).

If you are injured due to a negligent health care provider you should contact a medical malpractice attorney. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in representing victims of negligent doctors and other help care providers. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

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