Atrium Health to appear in court for the first time over potential virus exposures
Atrium Health will be in court soon to fight a lawsuit filed by a patient. It’s the first time they’ll be in court over the potential exposures to dangerous diseases that happened during urology procedures at one of their offices.
Channel 9’s Hannah Goetz first started investigating Atrium Health Urology Kenilworth in November, which was when Atrium started notifying affected patients. A patient contacted Channel 9 saying he had a urology procedure the year before, but then he got a message from Atrium Health saying he was potentially exposed to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
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Now, Goetz has learned Atrium will be court March 23 as the hospital system pushes for a lawsuit filed by a patient to be dismissed.
The lawsuit was filed in November, which was around the same time Goetz started investigating the practice for potential exposures of HIV and hepatitis to its patients. Goetz has since heard from more than 100 people who say they were notified of a potential exposure by the Kenilworth office. Of the 100, three patients told her they’ve received a positive test result.
Several patients have expressed frustrations about a lack of answers to their questions, which include how the potential exposure happened. One of those patients filed a lawsuit against Atrium related to these claims.
In February, Channel 9 reported Atrium Health responded to the suit with a motion to dismiss, saying, among other things, the lawsuit didn’t meet the requirements for pleading medical malpractice.
The latest filing reveals Atrium Health will be in court to argue that motion in two weeks. Goetz will monitor that hearing and share any developments in the case.
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