Health Care Facility Negligence
Increasing, the headlines in the newspapers report potential mass exposure to blood borne diseases, such as HIV and hepatits C in hospitals or health care facilities.
In 2008, it was reported that an endoscopy clinic was shut down by authorities because of use of unsanitary and unsafe practices in reusing syringes and vials of medication on multiple patients. In 2011, it was reported that the head of a hospital was replaced because it was discovered that colonoscopy equipment at the hospital were not being properly cleaned and disinfected.
The Center For Disease Control says that persons who have been subject to such unsafe practices should be tested to determine if they have contracted any blood born diseases
Health care facilities that subject patients to improperly cleaned or reused medical equipment may be liable for negligence.
Jim Pietz, working with other law firms, has represented patients of certain hospitals who went for medical treatment and who were potentially exposed to HIV or Hepatitis C.