According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, (“CDC”) 14,000 Americans in 23 states may have been given steroid injections contaminated by a potentially lethal fungal organism. The CDC stated that there are 14 people that have now died from the rare fungal infection and there are 169 reported cases.
Epidural injections are generally considered safe procedures with rare complications. Patients who were injected for back pain near their spinal nerves are in the most danger from this deadly outbreak. The CDC reports that it may take as long as one month post injection for symptoms to manifest. Fungal meningitis can develop when the bloodstream transports the fungal infection throughout the body.
The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts made the steroid. The company has shut down its operations and recalled the product. The meningitis outbreak has been linked to contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injections with aspergillus fungi. This steroid injection was sent to California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia according to the CDC.
Meningitis is a disease which infects the membranes protecting the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or a parasite in addition to a fungus. Fungal meningitis is the rarest form of the disease and the hardest to treat.
Fungal meningitis symptoms:
Symptoms of fungal meningitis include severe headache, fever, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, difficulty walking, difficulty urinating, and discomfort from looking into bright lights. Patients may only have one or two of these symptoms. Some individuals have suffered strokes as a result of this contaminated injection.
Arizona is not one of the states that received this fungal contaminated medication. Arizona law provides compensation to someone who is injured by a defective product or medication. These claims are product liability claims and are brought to compensate the injured person for lost wages, unnecessary medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The families of 14 victims of this tragic outbreak have wrongful death claims.
It is important to contact and experienced products liability attorney regarding claims involving defective and tainted medications. There are strict rules and procedures that must be followed when suing a drug manufacturer. Product liability cases are complex and a skilled products liability lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.
The Oracle Law Group has experienced personal injury lawyers that can help you or your family members bring a product liability claim. With over 28 years of experience in personal injury litigation, we have collected millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients. Our trained product liability personal injury lawyers can help you or your loved one recover compensation for medical bills, permanent disfigurement, and missed time from employment. Oracle Law Group has a nurse attorney on staff who can help you understand the medical implications that taking a contaminated drug may have on your current and future health. Call the Oracle Law Group today for a free consultation, if you or your loved one has been injured due to a contaminated medication.