In 2007, the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada began ignoring safe injection practices and instead of using new needles for each injection and not reusing drug vials for multiple patients. By these supposed cost saving measures, The Endoscopy Center saved money anesthetizing patients but, unfortunately, pass on the hepatitis C virus to potentially 40,000 people. This case of Las Vegas medical malpractice was finally stopped in 2008 when the Endoscopy Center was closed by state and federal officials. The doctor and owner of the Endoscopy Center, Dr. Depak Desai, is currently awaiting trial on charges of Clark County medical malpractice. If you or a family member have been injured or killed, Benson and Bingham can represent you in your case.
In addition to the criminal charges that are pending Dr. Desai and the Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada, a number of other firms have had significant legal issues due to the Southern Nevada medical malpractice. The Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada reused bottles of Propofol when it injected customers with local anesthesia to prepare them for surgery. The manufacturer of the anesthesia, Teva Pharmaceuticals, manufactured vials of the drug with significantly more drug than was needed for an individual patient. Because of the large does bottles, the courts found the drug manufacturer libel, and the Israeli company settled over 120 cases for over $250 million.
This week, the Nevada Health Plan was sued over the Endoscopy Clinic unsafe injection case. Plaintiffs in the case allege that the health maintenance organization should have known about the unsafe use of needles and pharmaceuticals.
Benson and Bingham is one of Las Vegas’ leading personal injury law firms, having secured over $24 million in reimbursements for the victims they represent. Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have significant experience in all types of personal injury law including Las Vegas automobile accidents, Southern Nevada wrongful death and even Las Vegas pedestrian accidents.