Kansas Couple File Hepatitis C Suit Against Pittsburgh Hospital

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Kansas woman who says she was infected with hepatitis C by a former medical technical has filed a lawsuit against a Pittsburgh hospital.

Linda Ficken claims that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was negligent for not reporting a 2008 incident at UPMC where David Kwiatkowski allegedly stole and used narcotics. Kwiatkowski went on to work at numerous other hospitals.

The lawsuit says Ficken was treated at a Kansas hospital in 2010 when Kwiatkowski worked there, and that she recently tested positive for hepatitis C. Ficken's husband is also suing.

Kwiatkowski is facing federal drug charges in New Hampshire. He has pleaded not guilty.

A UPMC spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A temporary staffing agency is also named in the lawsuit.

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