Fungal Meningitis from Contaminated Steroids Tied to 15 Deaths, 205 Illnesses. Wright & Schulte LLC Continues to Investigate Potential Personal Injury Lawsuits on Behalf of Victims Who Developed Fungal Meningitis Following Steroid Injections.
Wright & Schulte LLC, a Ohio personal injury law firm, reports today that the first lawsuit has been filed by an alleged victim of the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids. According to a report from the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed by a Minnesota woman who alleges she developed symptoms of fungal meningitis after receiving a steroid injection to treat back pain. At the time the federal complaint was filed, the woman was waiting on test results to confirm her illness.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15 people have died and 205 people have been sickened by the rare strain of fungal meningitis, aspergillus, blamed for the outbreak. The disease has been linked to contaminated methlprednisone steroid injections prepared by the New England Compounding Center Inc. of Farmingdale, Massachusetts. According to the CDC, the potentially tainted steroids were shipped to 76 facilities in 23 states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia. Of the 14 states with illnesses reported, Tennessee, with 53 cases, has been hardest hit, according to the CDC.
The New England Compounding Center recalled all of its products and voluntarily surrendered its license to operate on October 3, 2012, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The company may have violated state law, as compounding pharmacies are only licensed to prepare patient-specific prescriptions, the Department said.
According to the CDC, patients infected by this strain of fungal meningitis may experience headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck, as well as confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights. However, the Center noted that some patients might just have one or two of these symptoms. Anyone who recently received steroid injections to treat back pain should contact their doctors if they experience any problems that could be associated with meningitis.
Wright & Schulte LLC is offering free lawsuit evaluations to victims of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroids, as well as their families. Please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
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