Earlier this week a former radiology technician was sentenced to thirty years in federal prison after he admitted to infecting patients with Hepatitis C. While working as a technician at the Mayo Clinic’s Interventional Radiology Unity, Steven Beumel stole syringes of the painkiller Fentantyl and replaced them with “syringes of saline contaminated with Hepatitis C.” Beumel pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product resulting in serious bodily injury and five counts of stealing Fentanyl by deception.
The clinic noticed a Hepatitis C outbreak and tested thousands of patients who may have been injected with the disease. At least two of those tested were linked to Beumel, including one patient who had already died. Epidemiologists, who study the distribution and patterns of health events such as outbreaks, from the May Clinic, the Florida Department of Health and the national Centers for Disease Control, studied the outbreak for three years before they were able to link it to Beumel. He was immediately fired and law enforcement officers arrested him shortly thereafter. He confessed to his crime in May.
Hepatitis C outbreak: Man gets 30 years for infecting patients, www.miamiherald.com September 11, 2012.
While Beumel will spend the next thirty years in federal prison, he may also be liable for the personal injuries he caused when he injected patients with Hepatitis C. Sadly, the victims went into the Mayo Clinic believing they were going to be treated for their various diseases and instead left with an additional disease. Beumel placed thousands of lives at risk and could have caused the deaths of many more people. If you or your loved one has suffered a personal injury at the hands of Beumel or believe you have suffered a personal injury at the hands of another, contact Miami’s expert personal injury lawyers at the Friedland Law Group. As expert trial attorneys and insurance litigation experts, Jonathan Friedland and Michael Carmona have dedicated their careers to helping victims recover compensation for personal injuries. Don’t hesitate. Call (305) 661-2008 today!
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