Request Call Back

Contact Us

PW Case Review Form
*    Denotes required field.

   * First Name 

   * Last Name 

   * Email 

Phone 

   * Please describe your case:

What injury have you suffered?

For verification purposes, please answer the below question:
+
=

No Yes, I agree to the Parker Waichman LLP disclaimers. Click here to review.

Yes, I would like to receive the Parker Waichman LLP monthly newsletter, InjuryAlert.

please do not fill out the field below.

Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Due to Contaminated Steroid Injections in Virginia

Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Due to Contaminated
Steroid Injections in Virginia

Virginia impacted by Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Due to Contaminated Steroid Injections in Virginia

Our firm is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of Virginia residents who developed fungal meningitis due to tainted steroid injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, which are used to treat back pain. The contaminated medications were manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Following news of the outbreak, the company recalled three lots, totaling over 17,000 vials across the country.

If you received a steroid injection of methylprednisolone acetate and are experiencing signs of meningitis, seek medical attention immediately. According to the Centers for Disease Control, patients who are at risk should look out for symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Worsening headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • New weakness or numbness
  • Increasing pain
  • Redness or swelling at injection site

Meningitis Outbreak May Affect 700 in Virginia

According to the Virginia Department of Health, 689 patients in the state have received the recalled injections at clinics located in Roanoke and Christianburg. On October 8, 2012 the CDC reported 23 cases and 1 death due to the contaminated products in Virginia. That number, however, is likely to increase as events develop.

The Carilion Clinic admitted 16 patients with fungal meningitis, according to WSLS News. LewisGale Regional Health System also reported cases linked to the contamination, with 15 positive tests; 28 patients are being kept in the hospital as a precaution. The patient who died had received their injection at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem.

Legal Help for Victims of Fungal Meningitis Due to Contaminated Steroid Injections

There is no way to tell for certain how many people in Virginia have been affected by the outbreak, as the death toll and case count continues to climb. If you have symptoms of meningitis, seek medical attention immediately.

If you or a loved one suffered from fungal meningitis after receiving a steroid injection at the LewisGale Medical Center or elsewhere in Virginia, our lawyers would like to speak with you. To learn about your legal rights and how our personal injury and product liability lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.

References:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm322752.htm
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322901.htm
http://www.necn.com/10/09/12/Va-to-detail-latest-on-meningitis-outbre/landing_health.html?&apID=8c05ee15febd43d291a75377d95386e6
http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/oct/09/fungal-meningitis-outbreak-nearly-risk-virginia-ar-2269823/
http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/oct/04/11/sw-virginia-part-multi-state-meningitis-outbreak-ar-2258090/

 

Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Due to Contaminated Steroid Injections in VirginiaRSS Feed

More Massachusetts pharmacy companies closed; staff changes at Board of Pharmacy

Dec 7, 2012
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to respond legislatively to the deadly meningitis outbreak earlier this year that claimed 36 lives and sickened hundreds by announcing sanctions against three more pharmacy companies operating in the state.  According to a Reuters report, Massachusetts announced the closure of one pharmacy and the partial closures of two more as it continued to crack down on companies like them operating in the state. The crackdown was sparked after a deadly...

More Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Due to Contaminated Steroid Injections in Virginia News

Parker Waichman Accolades And Reviews Best Lawyers Find Us On Avvo