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.