Mar 11, 2016 4:42 PM

Exeter Hospital's lawsuit over hepatitis C settlements delayed

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a trial to determine whether a medical staffing agency and others should help pay for settlements reached by Exeter Hospital after a traveling medical technician infected patients with hepatitis C.

The technician, David Kwiatkowski, is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. Since his arrest in 2012, 46 people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C virus he carries.

Exeter Hospital, which has settled dozens of lawsuits with infected patients, is suing the national accreditation organization for radiological technicians and a staffing agency that employed Kwiatkowski. That case was set to go to trial in January 2017, but a judge on Friday postponed it until October 2017.

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