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Greenville Memorial Hospital Mycobacterial Infection Outbreak
A serious string of infections was reported by patients and former patients of Greenville Memorial Hospital in late June and early July of 2014. Largely found in patients who had recently had an invasive surgical procedure at Greenville Memorial Hospital, mycobacterial infection is rare but serious. Investigations are underway as to the source of the outbreak and the Greenville Hospital System has taken precautions to eliminate the threat since March, 2014. However, because mycobacteria grow very slowly (up to 60 days), GHS patients need to be aware if they are at risk, what they can do, and whether they should seek legal help. See the frequently asked questions below to learn more.
How do I know if I’m at risk?
Greenville Memorial Hospital sent all at-risk patients a letter notifying them of the potential dangers to their health.
What do I do if I received a letter?
If you received a letter from GHS regarding mycobacterial infection, immediately seek diagnosis and, if needed, treatment. If you aren’t sure whether you received a letter, call Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Once you undergo treatment for this infection or related health complications, it is advisable to call a lawyer. You have rights, and we should work together to protect those rights. You are also entitled to compensation for medical injury.
Should I contact a lawyer or the hospital first?
Your health is of utmost importance–call the hospital first. Once you have sought medical help, call (or have a family member call) a lawyer as soon as possible to receive counsel on what compensation you may be entitled to.
I have already received treatment for the infection. Should I contact a lawyer now?
If you have not sought legal counsel, do so now.
If you have any other questions, contact Thomason & Pracht at 864-226-7222.
Greenville Hospital System Newsroom. “Second update on rare mycobacterial infection.” July 3, 2014.