Meningitis Steroid Injection Contamination
Defending Victims of Meningitis Steroid Injection Contamination
Approximately 14,000 patients who were given steroid injections in the fall of 2012 were at risk of contracting fungal meningitis. The potentially deadly and contaminated injections were distributed to 76 facilities in 23 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a multistate investigation of the fungal meningitis outbreak.
The lawyers at Lipton Law are prepared to assist you in building an effective case. We have successfully handled a wide range of product liability cases for years and are eager to help you. If you’ve contracted fungal meningitis from tainted steroid shots, please call us at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation about your case.
Who Was at Risk?
As of Oct. 16, 2012, 233 patients contracted fungal meningitis nationwide from the contaminated steroid shots and 15 died. In Michigan, as of that same date, 47 people contracted fungal meningitis and three died.
This type of meningitis is not contagious. The potentially tainted steroid shots were administered to patients in the spine as well as peripheral joint spaces like the knee, shoulder and ankle to treat pain and inflammation. Facilities that received potentially contaminated steroid shots in Michigan during the 2012 outbreak include:
- Michigan Neurosurgical Institute — Grand Blanc, Michigan 810-606-7112
- Michigan Pain Specialists — Brighton, Michigan 734-995-7246
- Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation Associates — Traverse City, Michigan 231-935-0860
- Michigan Surgical Hospital — Warren, Michigan 586-427-1000
What You Need to Know About Fungal Meningitis
Individuals contract this infection when a fungus enters the bloodstream and then the spine, causing an infection and swelling of the protective membranes of the spinal cord and brain. Unlike other types of meningitis, it is not contagious.
The most common symptoms of fungal meningitis are:
- Neck stiffness
- Discomfort from/sensitivity to bright lights
A person may suffer only one or two of these symptoms, and it typically takes one to four weeks after the injection for symptoms to develop.
Some patients also experienced stroke in relation to the fungal meningitis steroid shot outbreak.
Protecting Your Rights, Helping You Recover
At our family-run personal injury law firm, our lawyers have the acumen necessary to handle complex cases. If you or a loved one is suffering from fungal meningitis associated with the recalled steroid shots or another NECC product, we are ready to hold negligent manufacturers accountable.