One of the patients who had contact with a hepatitis C-infected nurse at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup filed a lawsuit for negligence of the hospital. The lawsuit was filed following the arrest of nurse Cora Weberg.
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A man claiming to have had hepatitis C at the MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup has filed a lawsuit against the hospital.
2,600 Patients May Be Exposed To Hepatitis C
The Good Samaritan noted late last month that a nurse with hepatitis C could have exposed thousands of her patients to the virus and warned 2,600 of the patients who had contact with the nurse.
Hepatitis C is transmitted by infected blood and can cause chronic liver disease. Many people do not know that they are infected until they have liver damage.
Patients who consider the hospital at risk are those who received injections of narcotic drugs, antihistamines, or sedatives from the nurse at the emergency room between 4 August 201
Claim for failing to monitor the nursing home nurse
One of the 2,600 patients now claims that he has had hepatitis C in the hospital. The lawsuit filed in the Pierce County Superior Court alleges that the man was treated for kidney stones at the hospital in December. Months later, he was tested positive for hepatitis C. Client's lawyer Amanda Searle said the man sued Good Samaritan and the MultiCare Health System for failing to properly educate, examine, and monitor the nurse after patient complaints
"This is a lawsuit against the Good Samaritan Negligence, "said Searle. "Our concerns primarily concern the practices of the Good Samaritan regarding their communication that this nurse had medication problems, and they did nothing against it."
The lawsuit was filed on Friday after the arrest of the 31-year-old's old nurse Cora Weberg, who was suspected of having stolen drugs and exposing thousands of patients to the virus. The authorities believe that the nurse uses some of the patients' narcotics for their own use and then uses the same needle to inject the patients.
Weberg, caught at the Canadian border, is no longer connected to the hospital, but with her lawyer, claims that allegations about her are false and that there is no direct DNA link between her and the infected patients.
The hospital is now testing former patients suspected of having hepatitis C.
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