A widow whose husband died from the fungal meningitis outbreak from contaminated steroid injection has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. This is the first wrongful death suit that has been filed since the outbreak happened.
According to news reports, Diana Rohrer’s filed the complaint in Elkhart, Indiana against the New England Compounding Center and its sister companies – Ameridose, LLC and Aluanus Pharmaceutical LLC. The lawsuit seeks damages, including medical expenses, burial expenses, lost income, loss of love and services and loss of consortium and punitive damages.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of Nov. 5, there were 29 deaths and 404 infections spread over 19 states. Federal investigators are still looking into how the steroid injections, Methylprednisolone acetate, became contaminated and were allowed to be marketed and used on patients.
A whopping 14,000 patients may have received injections from the affected vials, and the pharmacy has recalled all of its medical products and shut down its operations.
Some talk in the blogosphere had people speculating that past employees had complained before about unsanitary conditions but that will be determined through an investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the hundreds of victims who are suffering from meningitis as a result of these dangerous and defective products.
There could many more wrongful death lawsuits to come from the outbreak and a seasoned and experienced wrongful death attorney can guide the victims’ in their best interest. Product liability and dangerous/defective product lawsuits are very complex and the victim’s that take legal action will have to carefully choose how the handle the case.
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