Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit Over Recalled Epidural Steroid Injections
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals diagnosed with fungal meningitis after receiving epidural steroid injections made by a compounding pharmacy, which have been linked to dozens of illnesses and deaths throughout the United States.
The meningitis outbreak has been linked to contaminated epidural shots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid used to treat back pain through direct spinal injection, which was manufactured by the New England Compounding Center.
It may take up to a month for symptoms of meningitis to appear, such as:
- Severe Headache
Financial compensation may be available through a meningitis lawsuit for individuals who received an epidural steroid injection prior to developing this disease.
STEROID INJECTION FUNGAL MENINGITIS PROBLEMS
Have You Been Diagnosed with Fungal Meningitis?
According to information provided this week by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 35 people have been diagnosed with a rare fungal meningitis and the number of cases is expected to continue to increase in the coming weeks.
Tests have found fungus linked to the outbreak in sealed vials at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) facility in Framingham, Massachusetts, which compounded the injections and shipped them to medical providers throughout the United States.
The compounding pharmacy has reportedly suspended all production and has recalled all of its injectable products as the investigation into the lethal outbreak continues.
At least 75 clinics nationwide received vials of the contaminated epidural steroid shots, and some report having given the shots to hundreds of patients. A total of 17,676 single-dose vials were believed to have been distributed, and only several hundred were returned unused.
Given the widespread use of the vials and the numbers of people who reportedly were injected, health officials expect the number of people diagnosed with meningitis after receiving an injection to continue to climb.
▸ More Information: Epidural Injection Meningitis Problems
FUNGAL MENINGITIS LAWSUIT EVALUATIONS
Meningitis causes inflammation in the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, bacterial infections or fungus. It is not contagious and not transmitted between humans.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis or are seeking medical treatment for problems that developed after receiving an epidural steroid injection or other compounded medication received from the New England Compounding Center.
All potential fungal meningitis lawsuits are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out of pocket expenses to hire an attorney and our law firm only receives a fee if we are successful obtaining a financial recovery in the case.
To determine if you, a friend or family member may be eligible for to pursue a claim, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.