We are currently helping patients of Davis Hospital & Medical Center and McKay-Dee Hospital who fear that they may have been exposed to and/or contracted the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) while being treated as a patient at Davis Hospital & Medical Center or in the emergency department of McKay-Dee Hospital. It is believed that at least 4800 patients from McKay-Dee and possibly 2800 more from Davis may have been exposed to hepatitis C while receiving care at Davis between June 2011 and April 2013 and at McKay-Dee between June 2013 and November 2014.
A Utah Department of Health (UDH) spokesperson has said that once his department became aware of a patient with a rare and particular strain of HCV last year, UDH’s investigators determined that exposure to the Hepatitis C virus most likely originated from registered nurse Elet Neilson, who was employed by the hospitals during the same timeframe and was found to also have been diagnosed with the same rare hepatitis genotype. Utah state and federal authorities are advising anyone who was treated as a patient at Davis Hospital & Medical Center or the McKay-Dee Hospital ER from June 2011 to April 2013 and June 2013 to November 2014, respectively, to undergo HCV testing for the virus. It is important to understand that signs of hepatitis C may remain asymptomatic for as long as twenty-five years. Those who are able to have the diagnosis made early have an exponential chance of extending their lives as opposed to those who wait to get tested.
If you have questions about filing a claim against Davis Hospital & Medical Center or McKay-Dee Hospital, contact our Hepatitis C exposure attorneys as soon as possible with inquiries at 866-586-1910.
The news of Elet Neilson’s contamination of patient-used needles has only just begun. Experts are expecting more and more people to come forward as HCV positive as they get tested. Again, we urge that if you were a patient at either one of these hospitals during those specific times and you have received a letter about possible Hepatitis C exposure, please get tested as soon as possible and call us to preserve your legal rights.
Remember, exposure to the Hepatitis C virus is very serious. Contracting the disease could have serious long-term effects on patients. Hepatitis C affects the liver. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease that is most often transferred in hospitals through medical negligence and poor sterilization of medical equipment. People can be diagnosed with both acute and chronic hepatitis C. The disease can range in severity from mild and highly treatable to deadly, generally depending on a person’s previous overall health. Many people who are diagnosed with HVC eventually develop cirrhosis and may even get liver cancer.
If you were a patient at Davis Hospital & Medical Center or McKay-Dee Hospital during the specified times and you have questions about a potential Hepatitis C exposure case, please contact us today at 866-586-1910. Even if you have already tested negative, we want to hear from you.