Lawsuit Over Reused Syringes at Guthrie Corning Hospital Expands
CORNING, N.Y. (WETM-18) – The lawsuit over re-using syringes at Guthrie Corning Hospital is expanding again. This time, a patient says he has contracted Hepatitis C because of the re-use of syringes.
A former nurse, Guthrie Corning Hospital, Guthrie Medical Group PC, and Guthrie Healthcare System are being sued by dozens of patients after the nurse reused syringes at Corning Hospital between October 2012 and January 2013. Now, one man has been infected with Hepatitis C.
“One of our existing clients has contracted Hepatitis C,” said Adam Gee of Ziff Law Firm. “He’s tested positive for it, retested, and again the test is positive for it.”
The lawsuit has named Joanne Lindquist as the former nurse responsible for reusing the syringes.
Patients had been told their risk of contracting any disease from the reused syringes was very low. “This shows that it can, in fact, happen, and it has, in fact, happened,” said Gee.
Gee says that the danger is real with the man’s diagnosis. “Hepatitis C, it can be fatal,” said Gee. “Under worse-case circumstances, it can be fatal. And certainly it’s going to make people pretty sick in the mean time. People can be treated for it, this client will be treated for it.”
According to Ziff Law Firm, the man found out he was infected on his last test, after a year of negative returns. “To this point in time, the Guthrie system has agreed to provide testing for up to that one year mark,” said Gee. “And we certainly encourage people to consider testing beyond that period of time.”
The most important thing, according to Gee, is for patients who were exposed to make sure they at least complete their testing. “What we want to do is caution everyone out there, make sure you get tested,” said Gee. “We've heard that some people, after a couple negative tests, are thinking, questioning, whether they need to go through it again. And this shows that, truly, they do need to.”
Gee says that this lawsuit will be merged with the other lawsuits involving dozens of patient at some point down the road.
WETM reached out to Guthrie Health for comment on this newest lawsuit Monday. They told us they could not comment on ongoing litigation.04/28/2014 05:33 PM