The parents of a Louisiana man who died from a brain infection have settled their lawsuit against the manufacturers of two household devices that they blamed for their son’s death.
Jeffrey Cusimano’s parents alleged that their son’s death from a brain infection was caused by a microorganism (naegleria fowleri) that entered his brain through his nose when he used the NasaFlo Neti Pot to wash his nasal cavities. The lawsuit allege that NeilMed designed, tested, manufactured, advertised, marketed and sold the NasaFlo Neti Pot. The parents also sued Rheem, the alleged manufacturers and/or sellers of a tankless water heater that was installed in the decedent’s home.
Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (“PAM”) is a form of parasitic meningitis that causes a fatal brain infection. PAM is caused by naegleria fowleri. Naegleria fowleri is a free-living excavate form of protist that infects people by entering the body through the nose. Naegleria fowleri travels up the nose to the brain and destroys the brain tissue.
Jeffery regularly used the NasaFlo Neti Pot to wash his nasal cavities. According to the lawsuit, in June of 2011, the Residential Outdoor Gas Tankless Water Heater at Jeffrey’ house was contaminated with naegleria fowleri. As a result, the water he used to clean his sinuses was contaminated with naegleri fowleri. His parents alleged that the use of the NasaFlo Neti Pot with water contaminated with naegleria fowleri from the water heater caused Jeffery’s infection and death.
The terms of the settlement s were not disclosed in a federal judge’s order that dismissed the lawsuit.
Defective products: protect your rights
To successfully bring about a claim involving a defective product, clients need an experienced, educated attorney on their side. They also need an attorney with the financial resources to take the case to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have tried hundreds of cases to verdict and have settled hundreds more. In 2010 alone, we negotiated settlements of personal injury and wrongful death claims totaling more than $50 million.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson also has the financial resources to handle personal injury cases from start to finish. In fact, there are many instances in which we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.
Our firm is AV-rated, the highest legal and ethical rating available from the leading law firm rating service. Our partners Michael Heygood, Jim Orr, and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Heygood and Mr. Orr are additionally Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our partners been voted by their peers as “Super Lawyers” in the state of Texas for several years in a row.*
Contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for your free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal right to compensation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out a free legal consultation form.
* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2013.