Contaminated epidural steroid injections – commonly used to treat back pain in outpatient clinics – have been linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. Epidural steroid injections are injected directly into a patient's spine and if the needle is contaminated with a fungus, the fungus can easily travel to the brain and cause meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.
If you have been harmed by fungal meningitis, you have legal rights and should contact an attorney immediately. We are accepting cases from all fifty states and we will be pleased to discuss your situation with you at no charge. Our law firm is based in Massachusetts, where the corporation that is the source of the contaminated injections is located.
As of October 23, there have been 308 reported cases of illness and 23 deaths. Click here to read more. Illnesses have been reported in seventeen states - Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Click here to see a map. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking new illnesses as they are reported. Click here. The source of the outbreak has been identified as the New England Compounding Center ("NECC") (also known as the New England Compounding Pharmacy), based in Framingham, Massachusetts. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of all medicines sold by NECC. The FDA previously issued a warning letter to NECC concerning deficiencies in other products identified during an FDA inspection. Read the 2006 warning letter here. NECC has issued a recall – however, meningitis has an incubation period of up to a month. It is estimated that fungal meningitis could affect hundreds or even thousands of people who received the steroid injections for back pain from July to September. The early symptoms of fungal meningitis may include:
If symptoms occur, seek medical help immediately.
The Pawa Law Group, P.C. is a law firm based in Boston and Washington D.C. The Pawa Law Group, P.C. is investigating claims against NECC and is currently accepting fungal meningitis injury cases in all 50 states. The Pawa Law Group, P.C. regularly handles cases against some of the largest companies in the world.
If you or somebody you know has been injured by fungal meningitis caused by contaminated epidural injections, you have legal rights and should contact an attorney immediately. Our firm has experience handling personal injury cases involving defective pharmaceutical products. We will speak with you about your potential claim at no charge.
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