Punctured with anger, sadness and HIV – A janitor’s worst nightmare

New York City, New York (JusticeNewsFlash.com) –- One would think that doctors are meticulous in disposing of bio-hazardous wastes. They sterilize their hands constantly and the hospital rooms shine with pristine whiteness. Yet it was the careless actions of one doctor in a private medical facility that led to a janitor of only 37 years to contract the HIV/AIDS virus. She was merely doing her job of emptying the waste bins when a needle that should have been deposited in the bio-hazardous waste bin pricked her.

In a complicated and painful lawsuit, the doctor’s defense was conveniently strengthened by the fact that the infected syringe had been either lost or destroyed. The judge accurately charged the doctor’s with destroying evidence. Furthermore, the defense pled that she had contracted the virus from being too sexually promiscuous and careless. But the jury would not be fooled. Once they learned she routinely cleaned rooms that were used to treat patients with HIV/AIDS and the medical staff was oftentimes negligent when disposing of harmful wastes, they voted in her favor. She was granted a large sum of money, but it pales in comparison to the life she now must lead.

According to the Institute of Medicine, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die annually in hospitals due to preventable medical errors. in terms of disability and health care costs, lost income, lost household production and the personal costs of care, the cost to society is estimated to fall between $17 billion and $29 billion.

To read more about medical malpractice in other areas here: http://www.lectlaw.com/tmed.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jana Simard Legal Reporter – Lawyer Press Release Distribution Specialist 
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Jana Simard is a contributing writer for Justice News Flash with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Born in Canada, but raised in sunny south Florida, Jana had an early passion for writing. During her high school and college years she interned at a Florida Congressman's office as well as a Rhode Island Governor and Senator's office. While in her last two years of college, Jana spent six months in Salamanca, Spain where she truly discovered her passion for writing and had her articles published in her school's newspaper. Her experience in two Providence high profile law firms has equipped her with the ability to write for Justice News Flash as a Legal Reporter.