Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Veterinarians sued over MRSA infection

The first vet faces the music over MRSA.

Vets have legal responsibilities to animals, to customers, to society and to their own employees.

That includes looking after their employees properly. MRSA is no joke and the vets should not be underplaying the risks, not least in advising their clients on their responsibilities to their employees.

The vets will be insured and in the longer run that will mean that their insurers will make sure they toe the line.

If they don't, they won’t get professional liability insurance and won’t be able to practice.

This will give British vets some well-deserved sleepless nights. Defra’s vets have claimed that British pigs don’t have MRSA?

Would they care to repeat the claim?

Sometimes reform takes the long route.

Full report here

Vets in River Oaks sued over MRSA infection

A League City veterinary assistant is suing a River Oaks veterinary group after, she says, she contracted a serious disease while working with a sick animal.

League City resident Lori Marsh filed a lawsuit on April 4 in the Harris County District Court against Gulf Coast Veterinary Internists of River Oaks, alleging negligence.

Marsh says that she contracted a dangerous infection, known as MRSA, because her employee, Gulf Coast Veterinary Internists did not warn her that she would be caring for an MRSA-infected animal. Marsh claims that contracting this disease while on the job has physically impaired her for the rest of her life.

Marsh is seeking all damages to which she is entitled and court costs. She is being represented in the case by Houston attorney C. Michael Davis.

Harris County District Court Case No. 2011-20670.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Harris County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.