GOSHEN – A class action lawsuit was filed in Elkhart County Superior Court 2 Friday in response to the announcement by Goshen Hospital earlier this month that patients who underwent surgery between the dates of April 1 and Sept. 30 may have been exposed to potentially serious diseases as a result of a recently discovered sterilization issue.
The lawsuit, filed by plaintiff Linda Gierek through Attorney Walter J. Alvarez, who has offices in Crown Point and Hammond, and the Pavlack law office of Indianapolis, lists several anonymous defendants, though the address connected to the defendants is listed as 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, the address of Goshen Hospital, and parent company, Goshen Health System.
In the lawsuit, Gierek references a letter sent out by the hospital to a total of 1,182 surgical patents earlier this month who may have been exposed to a variety of serious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV, as a result of the sterilization issue.
Gierek, who had surgery at Goshen Hospital on June 24, was reportedly among those patients to receive one of the notification letters.
A previous Goshen News story about the notification letter can be found here:
“Linda Gierek brings this proposed class action on behalf of herself and a proposed Class … of Anonymous Healthcare Provider patients who underwent surgery at Anonymous Healthcare Provider from April to September 2019, and who were similarly exposed to infectious diseases,” the lawsuit states. “Linda Gierek seeks certification of a Plaintiff Class and a judgment in favor of the Class for the emotional trauma, medical expenses, and other injuries and damages that she and the Class have and will suffer as a result of Anonymous Healthcare Provider’s negligent acts.”
According to the lawsuit, a total of three counts are facing Goshen Hospital. They are: negligent infliction of emotional distress; negligence; and medical malpractice. The lawsuit also notes that Gierek will be seeking a trial by jury.
“It has always been the focus of our office, if a negligence occurs, that it is our responsibility to protect the interests of our client and to do so with great vigor and resolve. Accordingly, we have filed the appropriate legal complaints against Goshen Hospital who, by their own admission, have addressed this problem directly by notifying each and every possible patient that has been harmed by the fact that certain surgical equipment was not sterilized,” Alvarez said of the lawsuit in a provided statement. …read more
Source:: Daily Times