Dozens of Patients Exposed to Scabies in Norfolk Hospital

By Peter DePaolis

In Virginia, dozens of former patients have been told they may have been exposed to scabies at a hospital in Norfolk.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, a patient with scabies was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in early August, which caused an employee to contract scabies. Due to the hospital’s negligence, eight other workers and another resident showed signs of scabies and had to be treated as well.

The Centers for Disease Control states that scabies is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like rash. Scabies spreads by skin-to-skin contact and through clothing, bedding and furniture.

The hospital told former patients they would receive a prescription skin cream as a preventative measure for the potential infection.

What to Do If You Have Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice

This disturbing story is an example of gross medical malpractice and sub-standard care by staff at this facility. Scabies is not something a patient should have to deal with while residing at a hospital, and negligent parties should be held accountable under medical malpractice law.

If you feel that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you obtain an experienced attorney to assist you in pursuing your claim. Contact our firm today at (202) 659-5500 and let our attorneys answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.