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Hep C suits might not tap hospital's 'deep pockets'

New Hampshire Union Leader, June 25, 2012

Exeter Hospital could face millions of dollars in damages from lawsuits filed by cardiac patients who were infected with hepatitis C while undergoing procedures there. But some experts say even if those patients win in court, the hospital may not have to pay the full bill. Personal-injury attorneys interviewed last week point to a state law that could keep infected patients from tapping the "deep pockets" of the hospital and its insurance carrier if a jury decides someone was more at fault than the hospital—such as an employee acting criminally.