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Virginia Mason awarded $6.6M in contaminated-scope lawsuit — but hospital has to pay family

COPY MUG PHOTO of Rick Bigler.   
Theresa Bigler’s husband, Rick Bigler was one of 32 people infected and one of 11 who died after a superbug outbreak tied to contaminated medical scopes at Virginia Mason Medical Center from 2012 to 2014.

The King County jury said scope maker Olympus failed to provide adequate warnings about the medical scope or instructions. That failure harmed Virginia Mason, the jury said.

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