UPMC Hepatitis C Lawsuit Attorney
Did you receive a letter from UPMC regarding possible Hepatitis C Exposure?
In 2008 a medical technician, David Kwiatkowski, was found with used syringes in his pockets and in his locker. After a blood test, it was found that Kwiatkowski had Fentanyl and other drugs in his system. This was discovered after a co-worker observed him stealing a syringe filled with Fentanyl and replacing it with a syringe filled with a water or saline at UPMC Presby in Shadyside. UPMC let him go but did not report his behavior to anyone and he went on to work in eight different states until his arrest in July of 2012 in New Hampshire.
What this means for 2008 Patients at UPMC
Since the discovery of David Kwiatkowski’s illegal drug use at UPMC, the CDC required UPMC to send out letters to all patients that Kwiatkowski may have been in contact with. If you or a loved one was a patient at UPMC Presby from March to May, 2008, it is possible that you were exposed to Hepatitis C. We are now reviewing possible cases of medical negligence against UPMC for all patients who received letters from UPMC, UPMC Presby employees or anyone who believes that they may have been exposed or contracted Hepatitis C during the time David Kwiatkowski worked there.
I have tested Negative for Hepatitis C, What Now?
Even if you have already tested negative for Hepatitis C, we would like to review your case. If you received a letter from UPMC you may be entitled to compensation for the emotional distress associated with the fear of wondering if you contracted Hep C while waiting for the test results to come back. In addition, if your test from UPMC came back negative you may want to consider getting tested by an independent laboratory. Please call our office 24 hours a day for questions about your possible Hepatitis C exposure at 1-800-777-4081.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Sometimes the body does not immediately produce symptoms when you contract Hepatitis C. When it is activated, it can produce chronic liver disease. As a result the person eventually dies of liver failure. Within the first six weeks of contraction many people experience loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue and jaundice. Many of the symptoms are similar to the flu. The treatment of hepatitis C when started early is antiviral medication, but at least fifty percent of people infected will not respond to treatment and develop chronic hepatitis C.
Transmission of Hepatitis C
Transmission of hepatitis C is through contamination with blood that is infected with the virus. You can contract Hepatitis C through sexual contact or contact with infected blood. Cases of Hepatitis C have also been seen after a person has received donated blood. The most common way that Hepatitis C is transmitted is through the use of a dirty needle. There have been many cases where hospital employees have been caught using a patient’s pain killers via syringe and either replaced the patient’s syringe with a dummy solution in a dirty syringe or used some of the drugs themselves and then administered some of the drugs to the patient from the same needle.
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If you or a loved one believes that you may have been exposed to Hepatitis C, call us today at 1-800-777-4081 for a free evaluation of your case or email us now.