According to The Wall Street Journal, scores of plaintiffs are lawyering up to begin their fungal meningitis litigation against the New England Compounding Center, which is located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Already, at least 10 drug defect lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the deadly outbreak that has afflicted at least 294 people in 16 states, killing 23.
Authorities are now saying that about 14,000 patients, if not more, were exposed to contaminated doses of methylprednisolone acetate. In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston fungal meningitis lawyers. Altman & Altman, LLP is experienced in handling Massachusetts products liability cases against pharmaceutical companies and other related parties. We would be happy to provide you with a free case evaluation.
While NECC, which produced the tainted steroid, is currently the sole defendant of the drug injury lawsuits that have been filed so far, more possible defendants, such as the medical facilities where the steroid was administered, doctors that gave the injection, suppliers, and others involved in the chain of distribution and sale of contaminated steroid, could be added to the mix.
Some of the plaintiffs contend that the shot caused them to develop meningitis, while others, who haven’t been afflicted, are seeking damages for “emotional distress” and other personal injuries. A class action is even being sought by some of the plaintiffs.
Fungal meningitis is not contagious. Only those that received the steroid shot are believed to be at risk during this current outbreak. Early symptoms may include stiff neck, fever, dizziness, headache, nausea, numbness, sensitivity to light, slurred speech, stiff neck, and swelling or redness in the area where the injection was administered. Symptoms can take more than 30 days after exposure to the fungus to appear. Serious side effects may include stroke, long-term disability, memory impairment, speech difficulties, physical impairment, and even death.
Lawsuits Mount as Meningitis Deaths Rise, Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2012
23 Dead in Meningitis Outbreak, ABC News, October 22, 2012
Fungal Meningitis, CDC
More Blog Posts:
Framingham, Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacy Linked to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Had Settled Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Similar Allegations in 2007, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 12, 2012
Steroid Linked to Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak May Have Been Administered to About 13,000 People in 23 States, Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, October 8, 2012
Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Massachusetts Pharma Company, Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, October 16, 2012
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