A unique case involving a large Pennsylvania hospital is bringing new questions into the realm of medical negligence. The lawsuit, filed by a woman from another state, accuses the hospital of hospital negligence for failing to inform future employers that one of its own previous employees had been accused of stealing and using narcotics in 2008. The employee later went to work in a hospital where the woman who filed the suit was treated and allegedly exposed to potential dangers.
The man at the subject of the suit worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He was employed as a technician. In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, technicians are among the employees that need not be registered in a database that tracks the disciplinary actions taken against doctors.
The woman in this case was a patient of the medical technician at a hospital outside of Pennsylvania. There, she says, she was infected with Hepatitis C by the employee in question. It appears that at least two other patients have also been exposed to the disease after receiving treatment. She is claiming that the facility committed hospital negligence when they allowed the employee to continue treating patients. It is unclear what the treatment relationship was between the plaintiff and the man in question.
Though this hospital negligence case is different than many others in that it does not involve the actions of a doctor, it does pertain to the actions of a hospital. The question for many in the state of Pennsylvania is whether they are safe when they are treated in local medical facilities, and what can be done to better protect patients. It is important that patients to be able to trust both their doctors and hospitals. When those entities fail people, lives can be changed forever. Anyone who believes that they have fallen victim to hospital negligence could benefit from investigating their rights and options to determine if they are able to seek damages for their illness or injury.
Source: yahoo.com, "Kan. woman with hepatitis C sues Pa. hospital," Sept. 5, 2012