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Hospital technician infects at least 46 people with hepatitis C

When Pennsylvanians become addicted to alcohol and illegal drugs, their judgment is often impaired. They may make decisions that contradict their personal morals. Nevertheless, their actions sometimes cause severe harm to victims, and they’re typically penalized for the pain and suffering they caused, and they may find themselves in need of drug crime defense.

After a man had suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction for several years, he allegedly administered the hepatitis C to at least 46 patients. His job as a traveling hospital technician enabled him to infect patients in several states, including at least one in Pennsylvania. Because he carried a strain of hepatitis C in his own system, he was able to empty the contents of patients’ painkiller syringes and refill them with a saline solution that contained his own infected blood.

It is unknown whether the man’s employer is also facing litigation for its involvement in the hepatitis C infections. The employer may also be penalized for its failure to properly screen employees who have direct contact with patients.

Although the man may have infected as many as 12,000 people, only 46 cases of the man’s strain of hepatitis C have been reported so far. Despite his impaired judgment as a result of his addictions, it is likely that the man will spend at least 30 years in prison.

Because the man is only 34 years old, it is possible that he will spend a portion of his life outside of prison. Hopefully, he will be able to free himself from addiction and live a healthy, productive life. Anyone who is facing serious drug charges may want to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: The Montana Standard, “NH hospital technician faces sentencing next week,” Holly Ramer, Nov. 27, 2013

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