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Settlement Reached in Hepatitis Case

A settlement was recently reached in the case involving a physician in New York who supposedly put his patients health at risk by reusing syringes.

According to the State Health Department, thousands of patients could have potentially contracted hepatitis C in the doctor’s office.

Patient Files Suit

Peter Mattmuller, 66, reportedly went to Dr. Harvey Finkelstein to be treated for a degenerative disc disease.

However, Finkelstein reportedly used a syringe multiple times on another patient before administering the same needle to Mattmuller.

As a result, the lawsuit claims that Mattmuller developed hepatitis C, which is a blood-borne disease that can cause severe liver damage.

Doctor Exposed

The lawsuit states that while under Finkelstein’s care, Mattmuller became infected by contaminated syringes.

The same month the unsanitary conditions lawsuit was filed, the Nassau Department of Health reportedly began an investigation at Finkelstein’s office and discovered that two other patients had also been infected.

The doctor’s failed infection-control techniques forced authorities to notify over 10,000 patients of their potential risk of disease.

(Source: Newsday)

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