Meningitis Outbreak Attorneys
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. Lawyers Handling Death and Injury Cases
In recent news articles the public has been alerted to a nationwide outbreak
of deadly meningitis.
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is now investigating and accepting claims for injuries and deaths from
spinal meningitis arising out of the contaminated steroid solution used
in epidural steroid injections compounded and sold by New England Compounding
Center out of Framingham, Massachusetts.
The steroid injections are of a drug called methylprednisolone acetate,
which is believed to have been tainted with a fungus. The particular type
of meningitis this has caused is fungal meningitis. Three lots of the
product were distributed nationwide. The steroid solution has now been
recalled and the factory’s operations have been shut down. Quite
a number of deaths and numerous serious illnesses have already been reported.
Many more are expected.
Patients who developed fungal meningitis (and some stroke) after having
an epidural steroid injection are wondering if they can sue the maker
of the steroid medication and the clinic where the injection was done
for compensation. Depending on the facts of your case and the results
of tests being done by the FDA and state health officials, you may have
a case against the maker of your steroid injection.
CDC’s interim data show that all infected patients that are part
of this outbreak received injections with preservative-free methylprednisolone
acetate (80mg/ml) made (compounded) by the New England Compounding Center
(NECC). This is epidemiological evidence that can be used to link the
fungal meningitis illnesses to the NECC product.
In addition, FDA has observed fungal contamination by direct microscopic
examination of foreign matter taken from a sealed vial of methylprednisolone
acetate collected from NECC. FDA is in the process of conducting additional
microbial testing to confirm the exact species of the fungus. You would
likely have a good case if you were infected by the same fungus as the
one the FDA is testing. For example, if you were infected with
Aspergillus fumigatus (at least some of the outbreak patients were) and the FDA tests determine
that the fungus in the vial is
Aspergillus fumigatus, you would probably have a good case for injury or death from Aspergillus
meningitis against NECC. However, every case is based on the facts, so
the strength of your case will be based on the specific facts of your case.
Shaheen & Gordon’s experienced Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Liability Group can be reached at (603) 635-4099 or toll free at 1 (800) 451-1002.
If you believe you have been injured as a result of a contaminated steroid
injection, call us to discuss with one of our experienced pharmaceutical
and medical device lawyers how best to protect your rights. The lawyers at
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. are experienced and actively involved in pursuing lawsuits involving unsafe
drugs and medical devices. Our attorneys have successfully won verdicts
and settlements on behalf of clients who have been injured by many different
drugs and medical products including Rezulin, Baycol, Phenylpropanolamine
(PPA), Sulzer Orthopedics, Hormone Replacement Therapy (Prempro) and other
drugs and devices.