Contaminated Steroid Injections Leading To Meningitis In Tennessee

On October 5, 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they were working together on the investigation of a fungal meningitis outbreak. The outbreak came about due to the use of contaminated steroid injections that were distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC).

As of the beginning of December, there were more than 540 meningitis infections and more than 35 deaths linked directly to the contaminated steroid injections, including 88 infections and 13 deaths in Tennessee. In addition, several victims suffered strokes that are believed to have been caused by the injections. An October 23rd Washington Post article reported that, on numerous occasions, NECC shipped orders of the drug before receiving sterility testing results.

The defective drug attorneys at Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, are currently reviewing cases involving meningitis victims who may have been infected after receiving a contaminated steroid injection.

Understanding Fungal Meningitis

Meningitis is a condition in which the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord become inflamed. Fungal meningitis, which is the type involved in the NECC cases, refers to meningitis that is caused by a fungal infection.

The symptoms of any form of meningitis, including fungal meningitis, may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting and fever
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • In stability when walking
  • Light sensitivity

If your case of fungal meningitis was caused by a contaminated steroid injection, we will fight to see that you are fully compensated for any losses you have suffered. If your loved one has died as a result of a contaminated injection, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim against NECC and any other responsible parties.

Contact One Of Our Chattanooga Meningitis Infection Attorneys

Contact our Chattanooga, TN, lawyers today to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you. You can reach us by phone at 423-933-2738, toll free at 423-933-2738 or via email by completing our online form.