August 8, 2013

Exeter Hospital settling hepatitis C civil lawsuits

blogger_HCVEXETER - Six civil cases against Exeter Hospital in relation to last year's hepatitis C outbreak have been settled, according to an attorney representing the hospital.

Of those six cases, four are from the batch of 27 filed last year at Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood.

The other two settlements are from cases that never went to suit, meaning those patients were in direct talks with the hospital before legal action was even taken, according to William Dailey Jr., a Boston-based attorney representing the hospital.

While the court files were able to indicate whether the cases were "settled" or "dismissed," there was no documentation on settlement terms.

Dailey said this will continue to be the case because all settlements will include confidentiality agreements. "In fairness to the patients the terms of the settlements have not been disclosed to anyone," Dailey said. "It's just a private matter."

When asked if he could divulge how much Exeter Hospital has paid in settlements so far, Dailey declined to say.

"The whole process as far as dollars are concerned is held in confidence," he said.

Many of the civil cases against the hospital also include the co-defendants the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Triage Staffing, the American HealthCare Services Association (AHSA) and Maxim Staffing.

These agencies have been identified as having a hand in certifying or placing alleged infector David Kwiatkowski, a former Exeter Hospital employee, at hospital across the country.

Dailey said "mechanisms are in place" that will allow the hospital to take action against these agencies.

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