Issue: Contaminated steroid injections
Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Steroid Treatments for Back Pain
Lieff Cabraser represents patients injured or killed by a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012. More than 14,000 patients across the U.S. were injected with a contaminated medication that caused the outbreak. The New England Compounding Center (“NECC”) in Framingham, Massachusetts, manufactured and sold the drug – an epidural steroid treatment designed to relieve back pain. The contaminated steroid was sold to patients at a number of pain clinics.
Nearly 800 patients developed fungal meningitis, and more than 70 patients died.
Lieff Cabraser is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the multi-district litigation, and our attorneys act as federal-state liaison counsel. In May 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved a $200 million partial settlement for victims of the outbreak. Bellwether trials against remaining defendants have been set for 2016. Lieff Cabraser is expected to play a lead role in the bellwether trials.
Legal Rights of the Injured
The law in most states provides several personal injury claims for persons who have been seriously injured by a medication that was manufactured defectively and caused dangerous side effects. These claims include strict liability for a defective product, breach of warranty, negligence, and misrepresentation. Damages sought against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drug side effects and injuries include:
- Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Medical expenses associated with efforts to remedy the injuries as a result of the original surgery; and
- Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.
- In the case of a patient’s death, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death action and seek damages.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
If you or a loved one have developed fungal meningitis as a result of steroid injections, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case, and all information will be held strictly confidential.
Or call us toll-free at 1 866 313-1973 and ask to speak to attorney Mark Chalos in our Nashville office.