We often trust pharmacists, doctors, and drug companies to make and prescribe medication for us that will help us and not harm us. Unfortunately, dangerous drugs are sometimes made, and innocent victims suffer serious or even fatal injuries as a result of someone’s mistake. Sadly, this is what happened in the recent nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid shots.
Although the risk period for contracting fungal meningitis is over, the threat still remains. In fact, the numbers of those who have died or been injured in the fungal meningitis outbreak continues to increase. Currently, the contaminated injections have been responsible for 36 deaths and over 510 cases of fungal meningitis and stroke across 19 states.
The drug-mixing pharmacy at the center of this legal matter, the New England Compounding Center, has already been served with about 70 lawsuits. Because these suits have been filed over many different states, a class action lawsuit may be pursued. However, the decision as to whether victims can pursue individual cases in civil court or the claims will be consolidated in federal court will not be made until a January 2013 hearing.
Because there are product liability, general negligence, breach of warranties, and malpractice issues involved in these cases, claims can be complicated. Additionally, clinics and doctors who have administered these contaminated shots could also be considered in these lawsuits. For this reason, it is critical to make sure your case is handled by an experienced drug injury lawyer to make certain you understand what your case may be worth and what parties you may be entitled to sue for damages, including:
- New England Compounding Center (NECC)
- Ameridose LLC (a sister company of NECC)
- Medical Sales Management Inc. (another sister company)
- Health clinics
- Others third parties involved
The contaminated injections responsible for injuring and killing many should have never occurred. If you were injured, or if someone you love died as a result of these contaminated injections, please call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to talk with a knowledgeable fungal meningitis lawyer about your legal rights to a financial recovery. We can help clients in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and across the nation. Call us today for a complimentary, confidential consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to find out more about your rights.