CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Boston lawyer said Monday he is working on a settlement with the staffing agency that sent a traveling hospital technician to New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital, where he is accused of stealing drugs infecting patients with hepatitis C.
Dominic Paolini, at attorney whose clients include a New Hampshire man diagnosed with hepatitis C and several other Exeter patients, sued Nebraska-based Triage Staffing for negligence shortly after David Kwiatkowski's arrest in July. A federal magistrate last week recommended that the lawsuit be dismissed, but Paolini said re-filing it remains an option if settlement talks break down.
"Filing the suit in Nebraska allowed us to get their attention and get the ball rolling more quickly for our clients," said Paolini, who plans to meet with the staffing agency's attorneys next month. "I still believe that all the matters concerning Exeter Hospital's responsibility, and others' responsibility, should be resolved out of court. Otherwise, patients may wait five to seven years to see any compensation."
A spokesman for Triage Staffing had no immediate comment Monday.