A jury ruled that UnitedHealth Group Inc., that does business in Pennsylvania and a number of other states, should pay $524 million regarding the failure to oversee one of its doctors. It was alleged that the practices of this doctor led to two patients contracting hepatitis C after performing colonoscopies.
Today we filed a second lawsuit on behalf of two plaintiffs against UPMC Presbyterian, Maxim Staffing Solutions, Inc., and Medical Solutions, LLC, for medical negligence in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The plaintiffs in this case, Thomas D. Walters and Clara M. Walters, allege that Thomas was infected with Hepatitis C while he was being treated atHays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas, by a dirty needle used by David Kwiatkowski.
It is believed that a 65-year-old Vietnam Veterean was infected with Hepatitis C in 2008 when traveling med tech David Kwiatkowski worked there. Kiwatkowski tested positive for the disease in 2010 but they believe he had it earlier and that this opens it up for potentially more victims.
According to an article in the Baltime Sun yesterday, a 65-year-old Baltimore man was infected with hepatitis C by David Kwiatkowki in 2008. It is believed that this victim is the first person in Maryland to come forward with UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.
Four years ago Vietnam Veteran, Linwood Nelson, was being treated at the Baltimore VA Hospital. The same time that David Kwiatkowski, traveling med tech, was working there. Kwiatkowski was caught using syringes intended for patients and tested positive for Hepatits C. Nelson now has Hep C and authorities are tracing it back to Kwiatkowski.
Vietnam Veterean, Linwood Nelson, was being treated at the Baltimore VA Hospital at the time that David Kwiatkowski was a med tech. Nelson now has Hepatitis C and it is believed to have been from Kwiatkowski using dirty needles and syringes.
A 65-year-old Vietnam Veteran now has Hepatitis C. He was at the Baltimore VA Hospital at the same time that med tech David Kwiatkowski was working. Kwiatkowski has Hepatitis C and was caught using dirty needles and syringes.
The first person from Maryland came forward with Hepatitis C, a 65-year-old man believed to have been contracted from traveling med tech David Kwiatkowski.
The Courthouse News reported on our Hepatitis C medical negligence case filed on September 3 in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Linda Ficken sued UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Maxim Staffing Solutions and Medical Solutions claiming that she got hepatitis C from David Kwiatkowski, the technician who was arrested for theft and fraud in New Hampshire in July.
As reported in the Baltimore Sun today in an article titled Patient sues over hepatitis C exposure, a Kansas woman, represented by Attorney William Caroselli and Lynne Johnson is suing UPMC, Maxim Staffing Solutions, Inc., and Medical Solutions LLC. The lawsuit says that inaction by UPMC and Maxim has led to multiple instances of illicit behavior by Mr. Kwiatkowski, including the contamination of syringes used by the accused hospital technician. By not taking immediate action and reporting the illicit behavior, UPMC and Maxim had enabled David Kwiatkowski to seek employment at multiple hospitals in as many as seven different states, including Maryland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas, New York, Arizona and Pennsylvania. In addition, Medical Solutions' failure to perform a thorough background or monitor his on the job performance allowed David Kwiatkowski to continue working at various hospitals across the country and put potentially thousands of patients at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, a viral disease known to cause chronic liver and health problems.