What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver and can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis or liver failure. Many of those infected with the Hepatitis C virus show no symptoms until years later during routine medical testing or when the damage to their liver manifests itself. Those who are infected may have "acute" mild flu-like symptoms which may occur within six months after they are exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. Although, they may show no symptoms, they can develop liver damage and they can pass the disease on to others. Some may suffer from a "chronic" infection that can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and eventually liver failure. An "acute" infection will most often develop into a "chronic" infection at some point. Although there is no cure for Hepatitis C, your doctor can prescribe a medical treatment plan that can control the disease.
How is Hepatitis C Transmitted?
Hepatitis C is transmitted through contact with blood of an infected person, primarily through contaminated needles, blood transfusions or organ transplants. In 1992 a nationwide system of testing transplant donations and donated blood was implemented to ensure that donated blood and organs are disease free. Today, most cases of Hepatitis C are spread by sharing needles during illegal drug use or by an infected health care worker during a medical procedure.
Information on Colorado Hepatitis C Cases
Kristen Diane Parker, a Colorado surgical technician, who may have exposed thousands of surgery patients with a Hep-C infection in Colorado Springs and elsewhere, has admitted to investigators that she stole syringes of the painkiller fentanyl meant for patients and injected herself with the powerful narcotic to feed her drug addiction. Kristen Parker would then fill the empty syringes with saline solution which were then used on surgery patients. Parker has been employed at the following Colorado hospitals: Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, and at Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Dark Urine
- Clay-colored stool
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
You may be at risk for Hepatitis C if you:
- Have used illegal drugs and shared needles
- Have received an organ transplant before 1992
- Have received a blood transfusion before 1992
- Are receiving hemodialysis for kidney failure
- Have received a clotting factor concentrate before 1987
- Were born to an Hepatitis C positive mother
- Are a health care worker and have been exposed to inflected blood
- Had surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado between October 21, 2008 and April 8, 2009
- Had surgery at Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado between May 4, 2009 and July 1, 2009
- Had surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York between October 8, 2007 and February 28, 2008
- Had surgery at Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas
Hepatitis C doesn't always show symptoms immediately. Even if you don't exhibit these symptoms yet, it's important to receive legal counsel if you were a surgury patient in a Colorado hospital where Kristin Parker worked.
Hepatitis C Infection and Your Legal Rights
If you have been infected with Hepatitis C due to contact with Kristen Parker at one of the above medical facilities, you may be entitled to compensation. There may be long term medical costs associated with Hepatitis C. Since you may not show any symptoms for years, even decades, it is important to protect your future now. Contact the experienced medical malpractice and medical negligence attorneys at Bachus & Schanker for a free consultation at .
Infected due to contact with Colorado hospital tech?
If you or any member of your family has been infected with Hepatitis C resulting from Kristen Parker's negligence, then please contact us right away at .
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News about the Colorado Hep-C Outbreak Linked to Kristen Parker
- 18 Hepatitis Cases Now Appear Linked to Infected Tech
- 19 Victims, 42 Counts for Parker
- Surgery Tech's Attorneys to Get Medical Records
- More Colorado Hepatitis C Cases Linked to Former Surgury Technician
- Not Guilty Plea Entered for Colorado Rose Medical Center Tech
- 27 Cases of Hepatitis in Colorado Now Linked to Suspect
- Hep-C Infected Patients in Colorado at 35, Feds Say