OKLAHOMA DENTIST MAY HAVE EXPOSED 7,000 PATIENTS TO HIV OR HEPATITIS
Written By: Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP
By Thamanna Hussain
About 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis. This reminds us of our firm's investigation and litigation with hepatitis C from IVIG Gammagard and the Las Vegas endoscopy clinics. Health officials urge patients who have seen the dentist in the past six years, to seek medical tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The Health Department claims that an infection in a setting such as a dentist's office is rare, but patients should still be tested as a safety measure. Dr. Wayne Harrington closed his office after the unsanitary practices were discovered by state health officials. Is it fair to put patients at risk of HIV or other viruses that cause AIDS, as a result of unsanitary practices and negligence? Harrington told officials he left questions about sterilization and drug procedures to his employees and took no responsibility for the regular use of a rusty set of instruments on patients.
Thomas P. Giuffra, a partner of the firm, is currently engaged in a medical malpractice trial where a client was exposed to hepatitis C at a clinic reusing medicine vials. The attorneys of Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP have handled hundreds of other medical malpractice cases, and are highly experienced in litigation where clients are injured by negligent doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and drug manufacturers. If you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice, please contact our law firm.