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Dental Patients of Denver Practice at the Center of Allegations Involving Possible HIV or Hepatitis Infection May Seek Legal Advice.

By Burg Simpson

July 16, 2012  

Burg Simpson is offering legal advice to patients who may have been potentially exposed to HIV or hepatitis by Dr. Stephen Stein, a dentist practicing in the Highlands Ranch and Denver area between 1999 and 2011.

On Friday 13, 2012, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a press release advising that anyone who was a patient of Dr. Stephen Stein, and who received intravenous (IV) medications, including sedation, under Stein’s care from September 1999 through June 2011, may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis infection.

According to information published on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website“…it was determined syringes and needles used to inject medications through patients’ IV lines were saved and used again to inject medications through other patients’ IV lines. This practice has been shown to transmit infections.”

Scott J. Eldredge, shareholder and head of Burg Simpson’s medical malpractice team said, “This is a very serious issue and concerning for all involved. We are talking about potentially thousands of patients who may have been put at risk.” Mr. Eldredge continued, “Individuals who contract HIV and/or hepatitis may not test positive for infection until many months after their initial exposure, and in some cases it can take more that a year for an infection to present itself. I would advise anyone who thinks that they may have been infected to get themselves tested and evaluate their legal rights.”

To date, there have been no specific infections linked to Dr. Stein’s practice as a result of these potential exposures but the
Colorado Department of Human Services and Environment says that it has begun notifying Dr. Stein’s former patients of the possibility. Health officials are also urging anyone treated by Dr. Stein with IV medications or sedation between September 1999 and June 2011 to contact their heath care provider for testing. Further information is available at www.cdphe.state.co.us

Individuals and families seeking further information regarding their legal rights should visit contact Burg Simpson or call 303.792.5595 for a free, non-obligation consultation.

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