Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the blood and liver. It can be extremely serious, causing lasting problems such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis C occurs when the virus remains in a person's body.
One thing that makes hepatitis C so dangerous is its ability 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.
At Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, L.L.C., we help people who have contracted hepatitis C because of a health care workers' negligence. A physician, nurse or other medical professional who spreads this virus out of carelessness should be held accountable. We will help you pursue legal justice and financial compensation for your losses.
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 50 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 painkillers 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.
Get A Free Case Evaluation At Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, L.L.C.
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. We will give you our honest opinion based on decades of experience and a record of success. Please contact us at 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania or toll free at 866-466-5789.
Hepatitis C Case Files:
- Hays Medical Center Hepatitis C
- Hays Medical Center Summary of Hepatitis C Testing Results
- UPMC Hepatitis C Lawsuit
- UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Hepatitis C
- Ficken v. UPMC Presby Complaint