Jury Hearing Closings in Hep C Insurers Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada jury is being asked to hold the state's largest health management company responsible for two women contracting incurable hepatitis C during treatment at a Las Vegas outpatient medical clinic in 2005.

In closing arguments Wednesday in Las Vegas, lawyers for plaintiffs Helen Meyer and Bonnie Brunson are arguing that Health Plan of Nevada disregarded evidence that Dr. Dipak Desai endangered patients at his endoscopy clinics. Brunson's husband, Carl, is also a plaintiff.

They want the jury to waive a $350,000 Nevada medical liability cap and award plaintiffs up to $1 billion in punitive damages.

Health Plan of Nevada attorneys argue that Desai caused the hepatitis outbreak, not the company.

Health investigators in 2008 found that nine people contracted hepatitis C at Desai clinics, including Meyer and Bonnie Brunson.


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