If you are searching for meningitis assistance, look no further as Benson & Bingham is taking an active role in the pursuit of litigation against the culprit, the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a drug maker located in Framingham, Massachusetts. So far, patients in 23 states could be at risk, including Nevada. Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana are also states that have reports cases and many have died. The inject-able steroid medication was shipped to the following states: 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. A total of 17,676 vials of the drug were shipped per ABC news.
Fungal meningitis is much different then bacterial and viral meningitis, in that, it is caused by fungus. In this tragic situation, the products manufactured by NECC contained a fungus that has contaminated the medication subsequently injected into possibly thousands of spinal cords. Fungal meningitis unlike the other types is not contagious; however, the condition is very serious. Signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis are fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, possible sensitivity to light and altered mental status (per the CDC). Lab tests can confirm the infection. Tainted medicine is considered a strict product’s liability legal action and this case would be fairly easy to prove given the positive results.
In our line practice, many of our clients are prone to having spinal injections or steroid injections and are at risk of a fungal meningitis infection. Back pain sufferers utilize such injections for pain relief from disc herniation and other back ailments that may be putting pressure on nerves. The goal of the injections is relieve the inflammation on those nerves. Many persons may been in the process of having another personal injury action going and needed steroid epidural injections as part of their back treatment for the trauma caused by the car accident. Now, an additional issue is presented given the new possible case created by the infection. Under most American tort law, the initial tortfeaser (or at fault person, in this example a car accident) would also be liable for the resulting fungal meningitis infection and resulting care. Another lawsuit could also be filed against the manufacturer for a defective product also known as a mis-manufactured product as it was tainted with fungus before leaving the facility that manufactured it.
Contact Benson & Bingham for a free telephone consultation regarding your rights as a victim and what you should do. 702-382-9797 or toll free at 800-381-3LAW (3529).
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