Filing of new lawsuits brings total to 14

A new round of lawsuits was filed Wednesday in District Court against the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

Among the new cases was a medical negligence complaint by Craig English, who says he contracted hepatitis C at the Las Vegas clinic. He underwent colonoscopies at the clinic at 700 Shadow Lane on Aug. 9, 2007, and Sept. 13, 2007, the suit filed by lawyer Ed Bernstein says.

Health officials said last week that the clinic exposed patients to HIV, hepatitis strains B and C, and other blood-borne diseases when staff used contaminated vials of anaesthesia on patients. The Southern Nevada Health District sent letters to 40,000 patients who visited the clinic from March 2004 to Jan. 11 of this year urging them to get blood tests.

Wednesday’s new cases also included a class action civil conspiracy suit against the clinic’s doctors and staff. Fourteen lawsuits have been filed against the clinic since Friday.

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