Philadelphia Medical Negligence Attorneys
Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the blood and liver. It is possible for the virus to remain dormant outside the body until it enters a human being. Hepatitis C can be fatal and is spread through blood contact. A common way for the Hepatitis C virus to spread is through the use of dirty needles. When this occurs in a hospital or medical facility by a member of the staff it is medical negligence.
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 have been infected with Hepatitis C after a stay in the hospital or a medical procedure, please call our office for a free evaluation of your case at 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania or toll free at 866-466-5789. We have handled cases from across the United States. You may also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have helped many victims of medical malpractice.