Lawyer seeking $1B award in Vegas hepatitis C case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer says he'll ask a jury that found Nevada's largest health management organization liable for $24 million in compensatory damages in a Las Vegas hepatitis exposure case to award as much as $1 billion in punitive damages.

Plaintiffs' attorney Robert Eglet says the civil court jury on Friday should punish Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health Services for what Eglet calls "reckless disregard" for patient health.

Jurors on Thursday awarded plaintiffs Helen Meyer and Bonnie Brunson damages for being infected with hepatitis C during outpatient procedures in 2005 at a clinic in the Health Plan of Nevada network.

Brunson's husband, Carl, received damages for loss of consortium.

The jury also found "bad faith" by the company, opening the door for what could be a big punitive damages award.

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