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New Hepatitis C Trial Begins

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(LAS VEGAS  KXNT)–More than five years after a hepatitis C outbreak in Clark County, yet another civil trial has begun.

Two women who contracted the condition after treatment at the clinic of Dr. Depak Desai , and the husband of one of the women are suing Nevada Health Plan, the HMO in which Desai was a network provider.

They are represented by Robert Eglet, a Las Vegas personal injury attorney who has won big judgments in the past against Desai’s practice and later the pharmaceutical company that supplied him with medication.

Desai and a nurse at his clinic are scheduled to stand trial in April on criminal charges stemming from the 2007 outbreak, including second degree murder charges which were filed following the death last year of a patient.

Plaintiffs say Nevada Health Plan knew, or should have known of Dr. Desai’s malpractice. An attorney for the company says Desai had not been sanctioned by any other agency, including the state medical board.

In an interview with KXNT, attorney Peter Bernhard of Nevada Health Plan, said an adverse outcome in this case could affect the health care costs of thousands of Nevadans.

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