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Can I File a Claim Against Porter Adventist Hospital?

Our Attorneys Are Investigating Liability for Negligent Exposure in Denver and Aurora

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is currently investigating a serious sterilization breach at Porter Adventist Hospital. Over a period of up to 18 months, the poor sterilization of medical equipment may have exposed thousands of patients to infections and bloodborne pathogens. These include serious infectious diseases like HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. The patients who are most at risk are those who underwent orthopedic or spinal surgery between July 21, 2016, and April 5, 2018. The hospital mailed out notices to patients in Denver and Aurora who may have been exposed. If you received a letter, then contact the attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLP today.

Our medical negligence attorneys are currently investigating claims against Porter Adventist Hospital. The length and seriousness of this break raises questions about the hospital’s internal policies as well as the sterilization procedures. If you received notice that you might be at-risk or if you suspect that your current medical condition may have resulted from this hospital negligence, then contact us today.

What Sterilization Issues Occurred at Porter Adventist Hospital?

In February of 2018, inspectors from the Office of Quality and Patient Safety performed an inspection of Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. The inspection uncovered a “condition” that posed a threat to patient safety. Subsequent statements identified this problem as a breach or gap in the pre-cleaning process of medical equipment and surgical tools.

Hospitals must maintain and enforce strict procedures for the sterilization of medical equipment. Any negligence in this procedure may result in contaminated tools that, when used to perform procedures on multiple patients, can cause infections. If one patient has an infection or disease, then subsequent patients may contract these same illnesses.

Porter Adventist Hospital did not uncover the breach itself, suggesting that the hospital did not uphold a reasonable standard for sterilization. This breach may have exposed thousands of patients to infections like Hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV. Thus, the hospital may be liable for negligent exposure and medical malpractice.

Can I File a Lawsuit Against Porter Adventist Hospital?

If you received a notice from Porter Adventist or believe that your post-surgery infection resulted from negligent sterilization procedures, then you may have grounds for a claim against the hospital. Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause serious symptoms and often require long, costly treatment to combat. In some cases, widespread infection can cause irreversible liver damage. Without treatment, this condition may be fatal.

Additionally, although Hepatitis B is treatable, it is incurable; if you contract this disease, you may have to fight off flare-ups multiple times throughout your life. A chronic Hep B infection can last six months or more, causing cirrhosis or severe liver damage. Hepatitis C can be fully cured, in some cases. However, it can also become chronic, lasting for years. Hep C can also cause liver damage or even trigger the development of liver cancer or liver failure.

HIV is an incurable viral infection that can cause flu-like symptoms as well as the development of AIDS, a fatal immunodeficiency disease. It requires aggressive treatment to combat the symptoms and slow the progress of the infection.

If you developed any of these conditions or experienced infection after orthopedic or spinal surgery in Porter Adventist Hospital, then you may be able to recover the cost of your treatment and other damages.

Questions? Contact a Denver and Aurora Attorney for Negligent Exposure Cases

If you believe that you may have a claim against Porter Adventist Hospital, then our medical negligence attorneys would like to speak with you. We are investigating how these negligent conditions continued for 18 months and advocating for victims of infection. Call 720-489-5848 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.