Meningitis outbreak and tainted steroid injections: know your rights

by Michael Heygood

Lawsuits are beginning to be filed as a result of tainted steroid injections that are believed to be responsible for a fungal meningitis outbreak that has led to at least 15 deaths so far. Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to tainted steroid shots for back pain that were custom-made by New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.

A proposed class action has been field against New England Compounding Center on behalf of all Minnesota residents injected with the tainted drug. The lawsuit charges that the company “had a duty to use reasonable care in designing and manufacturing the methylprednisolone acetate steroid doses such that they are not unreasonably dangerous.” According to the suit,

New England Compounding Center issued “a fungus contaminated steroid” that was “dangerous and unfit for use.”

Similarly, a class-action lawsuit has also been filed against the company on behalf of Michigan residents sickened by tainted steroid injections that are believed responsible for a fungal meningitis outbreak that has led to at least three deaths in the state. This proposed class action was filed on behalf of a Michigan woman who was diagnosed with fungal meningitis after being injected with the contaminated steroid.

If you or a loved one has been sickened or injured as a result of tainted steroid injections, you should not assume that a lawsuit or claim filed by some other person will protect your rights. On the contrary, you should promptly take action to protect your rights.

For example, the above-described lawsuits have been brought on behalf of only residents of the staes of Michigan and Minnesota. More importantly, the people who filed those cases have not yet been designated by a court as a proper representative to pursue the claims on behalf of other people. Furthermore, for a particularly serious claim (such as severe illness or even death), it usually best to have your own lawyer who is working to protect your best interests.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have made it a career priority to hold drug manufacturers and pharmacies accountable and responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one has experienced the tragedy of losing a family member as a result of a delinquent pharmacy, drug manufacturer, compounding company or health care provider, you and your family deserve answers to your questions. If your loss was as a result of a defective drug or perhaps a physician’s negligence, you have the right to demand that the negligent drug company, pharmacist or physician be held responsible.

Contact the law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free consultation so we can help you determine the best way to protect your legal rights and interests. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free case evaluation form located on this page.

by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.