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Hepatitis Exposure Injury Lawsuits

Hepatitis | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Exposure: Disease, Injury | Actos, Advandia, Prescription Medication

Hepatitis is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and produces a variety of symptoms. Often, hepatitis can be asymptomatic, producing no visible symptoms. Hepatitis A, B, C, and D are the most common types of hepatitis found in the United States.

Hepatitis can affect anyone. People that are at the greatest danger of contracting hepatitis include: intravenous drug users, health care workers, individuals with multiple sex partners, people who have contracted an STD in the past; and those living with a person who has a form of chronic hepatitis.

Common symptoms of Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E include: fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, muscle or joint pain, dark colored urine and jaundice. Good sanitation and hygiene, avoiding contaminated foods and water, practicing safe sex, getting vaccinated, not using intravenous drugs and not sharing personal products are all important measures to follow in avoiding Hepatitis.

  • Hepatitis A, or HAV, is spread through oral contact with infected fecal matter. Hepatitis A often causes an acute illness, however it is also possible for Hepatitis A to be asymptomatic (without symptoms). Hepatitis A can also be transmitted person-to-person via contact or from contaminated food or water.
  • Hepatitis B, or HBV, is passed through blood and body fluids (vaginal fluids, semen and saliva), and is generally contracted through sexual contact and the sharing of needles amongst intravenous drug users. Hepatitis B can also be transmitted mother-to-child in utero or at the time of delivery.
  • Hepatitis C, or HCV, is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact and can be passed mother-to-child. Less commonly, Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual contact. Hepatitis C for the most part is asymptomatic and often leads to chronic, and long-term infection resulting in approximately 70% of those infected developing liver disease.
  • Hepatitis D only occurs in those already infected with Hepatitis B.

Prescription medications can also bring about Hepatitis. Glucose-lowering drugs known as thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which include Actos and Avandia include Hepatitis as a side effect.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Hepatitis

If you or a loved one has taken Actos or Avandia and been diagnosed with hepatitis, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective drug attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Hepatitis C Medications May Lead to Hepatitis B Reactivation

Oct 10, 2016
Following 24 reported cases of reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HPV) in patients taking direct acting antiviral (DAA) medications to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated a "black-box warning," the agency's most serious label, on nine brand name drugs for HCV. According to the FDA, "Direct-acting antiviral medicines are used to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, an infection that can last a lifetime. These medicines reduce the...

East Farmingdale Restaurant Linked to Potential Hepatitis A Virus

Aug 22, 2016
Customers who drank a beverage at Trento restaurant in East Farmingdale on Long Island, in mid to late July, may have been at risk for Hepatitis A, the Suffolk County Health Services Department announced. The dates in question when a worker at the restaurant had the infectious virus, potentially exposing others who drank beverages there, are July 19, 23, 26, 29, or 30, said the Health Services Department. According to Newsday, the severity of illness may be lessened as well as completely...

Hepatitis Scare In Colorado Not Over Yet

Nov 2, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
The hepatitis scandal that originated in Colorado is not yet over. The Denver Post reports that hundreds of patients remain untested for the dangerous liver disease that was potentially spread due to scrub tech Kristen Diane Parker’s shoddy practices and drug addiction.Hepatitis C is spread by contact with infected body fluids, especially blood. The disease attacks the liver, and can lead to cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C and the incurable disease...

Florida Hospital Patients May Have Been Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

Oct 7, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Another case of potential hospital-spread hepatitis has been discovered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to the Sun Sentinel, police in that city are looking into a long-time registered nurse who, according to her staff—violated infection-control protocols, with full knowledge. The ongoing situation—over 1,800 patients are believed to have been exposed to the shoddy infection practices—took place at Broward General Medical Center.In addition to hepatitis B and C,...

Colorado Hospital Fighting Subpoena In Hepatitis Probe

Sep 24, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
One of the Colorado medical facilities involved in the hepatitis C scandal linked to a fired operating room tech is fighting a subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Gazette wrote that the Audubon Ambulatory Surgical Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado is fighting the subpoena seeking the identity of a patient who may have contracted hepatitis C from the fired technician.Kristen Diane Parker, 26, who has hepatitis C, allegedly stole fentanyl syringes for her own use and,...

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