Emerging Claim Trends: Negligent Follow-Up in Chronic Viral Hepatitis Cases
NORCAL Group claims closed from 2010 to 2017 were analyzed for emerging trends. The analysis uncovered increased frequency in claims involving chronic viral hepatitis. In the United States, viral hepatitis is most commonly caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).
NORCAL Chronic Hepatitis Claims
CASE ONE Hospital Failure to Communicate Positive HCV Results to the Patient’s Primary Care Physician
CASE TWO Clinician Failure to Communicate Positive HCV Results to the Patient
SPECIAL FEATURE The Swiss Cheese Model of System Failure
CASE THREE Failure to Follow up on a Hepatitis Panel Order Following Abnormal Liver Function Test Results
CASE FOUR Failure to Monitor a Patient for Liver Cancer Who is Cured of HCV