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UCLA Hospital Infection Class Action

UCLA Hospital Infection Class Action

Recent outbreaks of “superbug” infections have been traced to endoscopes and other medical equipment that was not sterilized between patients. The FDA warns that complex mechanisms are hard to clean on certain scopes, which increases the risk of disease transmission.

What You Can Do & How We  Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting infection induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a “superbug” infection after an endoscope procedure, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UCLA Hospital Infection Outbreak Linked to Dirty Endoscopes

February 2015 — The FDA has issued a Safety Communication to warn about the risk of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” infections from contaminated medical scopes.

The warning was issued after an outbreak of CRE infection at UCLA exposed 179 patients, including 7 who were infected and 2 who died. The hospital followed the manufacturer’s guidelines for sterilizing the duodenoscope, but infections occurred because the scope’s complex design is so difficult to clean.

The last time the FDA warned about disease-transmission on dirty endoscopes was in 2009. Since then, there have been at least five major outbreaks of infection linked to the scopes. In January, 32 people were infected and 11 died at a hospital in Seattle. Another outbreak last year infected at least 44 people at a hospital in Chicago.

What is the problem?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our attorneys are not filing a hospital infection class action. Instead, we are only accepting cases involving very serious infections and filing individual lawsuits.

Types of Endoscope Infections

  • CRE
  • Antibiotic-resistant infection (sepsis)
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Abdominal abscesses
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Open wounds
  • And more

About Class Actions

When infection outbreaks occur at hospitals due to non-sterile equipment, hundreds or thousands of people can be affected. Even people who are never actually diagnosed with an infection may suffer from extreme stress, extensive medical testing, and ongoing follow-up care. For these patients, a class action makes sense because everyone has a similar legal claim.

Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action

Class action lawsuits can have disadvantages for legal claims involving major injuries or wrongful death. Members of the litigation may have to accept higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball” settlement. Instead of a class action, our lawyers file individual lawsuits. We believe victims of infection outbreaks caused by defective medical devices deserve a legal representative who is committed to their case.

Hospital infections, especially CRE infections, can be devastating. For people who survive, they may have to endure a lifetime of health problems, disability, and permanently decreased quality of life. Infections are expensive to treat and may lead to lost wages or unemployment. If you decide to file a lawsuit, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for your injury, medical expenses, lost income, and more.

Do I have a UCLA Hospital Infection Class Action?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting infection induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a “superbug” infection after an endoscope procedure, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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