Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Due to Contaminated Steroid Injections in Virginia
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:
- 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.