UPMC Hepatitis C Lawsuit

Medical Negligence Attorneys

On September 3, 2012, the medical malpractice attorneys of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. in Pittsburgh and Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman in Kansas City filed a lawsuit in Allegheny County against UPMC Presbyterian, Maxim Staffing Solutions, Inc., and Medical Solutions, LLC, for medical negligence that lead to a Kansas woman contracting hepatitis C.

Failure To Take Action = Negligence

In 2008 a radiology technician, David Kwiatkowski, was found with used syringes in his locker and pockets and with Fentanyl in his system after a co-worker observed him stealing a syringe filled with Fentanyl and replacing it with a syringe filled with a dummy solution. UPMC let him go but did not report his behavior to law enforcement or any government agency.

Maxim Staffing Solutions

Maxim Staffing Solutions, the health care staffing agency that placed Kwiatkowski at UPMC, also failed to report the conduct to law enforcement or any government agency. As a result of UPMC and Maxim Staffing Solutions' joint failure to report Kwiatkowski's behavior to law enforcement or any government agency in 2008, he was able to continue working at hospitals all over the country, putting thousands of patients at risk for hepatitis C.

Medical Solutions, LLC

Medical Solutions, LLC, is also named in the lawsuit for failure to properly perform a background check or monitor Kwiatkowski's performance on the job at several hospitals after leaving UPMC. Following his departure from UPMC, Kwiatkowski worked as a radiology technician at 10 hospitals in eight states between 2008 and 2012.

After Leaving UPMC

In 2008 after leaving UPMC in Pittsburgh, Kwiatkowski then worked at Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center from May until November. In December he moved to Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Maryland, where he was employed until February 2009.

Maryland And Arizona Hepatitis C

In March of 2009 he relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked at Maryvale Hospital until June. In July he went back to Maryland where he worked at the prestigious Johns Hopkins until January of 2010. He then worked at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore until March of 2010 at which point he relocated back to Arizona to work at Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix for only one month.

Philadelphia To Kansas To Georgia

He was then placed at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where he worked for a couple weeks in April of 2010. Next he moved on to Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas, where he worked from May 2010 to September 2010. In October he relocated to Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia where he performed his duties from October 2010 to March 2011.

New Hampshire Hepatitis C Strain

After relocating to Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, and after three months of employment, he was finally caught and arrested for infecting 30 people at Exeter Hospital with the same strain of Hepatitis C. There are pending lawsuits in New Hampshire against Exeter Hospital for medical malpractice.

The plaintiff in our case, Linda Ficken, tested positive for hepatitis C in July 2012, two years after she was a patient at Hays Medical Center, the Kansas hospital where Kwiatkowski worked. Kwiatkowski was placed at Hays Medical Center by staffing agency Medical Solutions, LLC.

Free Hepatitis C Case Evaluation

If you or a loved one has Hepatitis C and you believe you may have contracted it because of the negligent actions of the hospitals or staffing agencies listed above, please call our office at 866-466-5879 for a free evaluation of your case or email us now. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are here for you. We have been in contact with excellent attorneys from Kansas, Georgia, Arizona, Maryland and New Hampshire and we are ready to fight for you.

Click here to read the complaint:
http://www.pittsburghmedicalmalpractice.com/FickenvUPMC.PDF