meningitis outbreak 2012

Thirteenth Roanoke Lawsuit Filed in Connection with Meningitis Outbreak

by Staff Blogger | December 13th, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012

Lawsuits continue to pile up in the Roanoke area  following a Meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated injections. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the 13th Roanoke lawsuit associated with the outbreak was filed this week.

The lawsuits stem from exposure to a deadly form of fungal meningitis from a contaminated batch of steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The contamination was caused by a leaf fungus. The company has since been shut down for operating outside of its license.

So far, 36 people have died and 541 have been sickened by the outbreak. Of that total, two deaths and 51 illnesses were reported in Virginia.

The most recent Roanoke Medical Malpractice lawsuit was filed by a Salem, Virginia, man who stated he had received the injections between June 28 and Sept. 21 at a Roanoke outpatient clinic. The victim is believed to be seeking more than $500,000 in damages.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm believe healthcare providers have a responsibility to ensure the medications they give patients are safe and that failure to do so could be considered negligence if a patient is harmed by the drug. Anyone who has been injured by a drug prescribed by a doctor should speak with an attorney about their legal rights.

Virginia Man Files Lawsuit in Connection with Meningitis Outbreak

by Staff Blogger | November 1st, 2012

Nov. 1, 2012

An 80-year-old man from Roanoke recently filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of contaminated steroid injections which resulted in a nationwide Meningitis outbreak. WDBJ 7 News reported that the lawsuit alleges the drug’s manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC), failed to ensure the medication was safe for use on patients. The man is seeking $5 million from the Roanoke Medical Malpractice lawsuit.

Reports indicate that NECC was working outside of its license when it produced mass quantities of methylprednisolone acetate injections, which is used to treat chronic back pain. The company’s license only allowed them to produce medications for specific patients and prescriptions as they came in.

The result was contamination of several lots of the injections with a common leaf fungus that has led to a nationwide outbreak of the disease, killing 29 people and leaving 368 others infected. Experts believe these numbers will continue to grow in coming weeks.

The amount of drug injury lawsuits that will be filed against the NECC is also expected to increase over time, along with possible lawsuits against the doctors and medical facilities who gave the injections. Dozens have been filed already and more can be expected as other patients are diagnosed.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful the lawsuits will help infected patients cover their future and current medical expenses.