First Roanoke Medical Malpractice Lawsuit from Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Hits Courts

by Staff Blogger | February 28th, 2013

Feb. 28, 2013

The first of many Roanoke Medical Malpractice lawsuits stemming from an outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated injections was heard earlier this week in Roanoke Circuit Court. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the case accuses Insight Health Group & Image Guided Pain Management of negligently administering a contaminated injection.

Court documents show that a woman filed the lawsuit on behalf of her husband after a doctor at Insight Imaging Center gave him the tainted injection just days prior to a wedding anniversary vacation. Less than two weeks later, the man died from what the coroner’s office ruled as fungal meningitis.

The lawsuit alleges that Insight and its staff were negligent in not ensuring the safety of the injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts. Attorneys for the facility and its staff stated they had no way of knowing the injections were made by NECC or that they presented any danger. Furthermore, the defendants claim they cannot be sued without the manufacturer of the drug being sued as well.

The woman’s lawsuit is seeking more than $25,000,000 in punitive damages for her loss.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm know how devastating the loss of a loved one to a botched medical procedure can be. That is why the firm hopes a decision in the case will bring the victim’s family a sense of closure.