What started as a few isolated cases of meningitis in Tennessee has become an outbreak that has now claimed 386 victims in 19 states. Of the 377 people infected, 28 have died. In Virginia, 46 people have suffered from the infection, and two of them did not survive. Because it is believed that around 14,000 people were treated with this tainted drug, the number of victims will most likely continue to grow.
The symptoms that accompany this fungal meningitis include numbness in limbs, headache, dizziness, fever, nausea, and redness or pain where the injection was given. Anyone who had an injection for pain relief between May and September 2012 and is suffering from any of these symptoms should speak to their doctor.
Because these injections were manufactured by what was assumed to be a reputable drug company, victims who were injected with these tainted medications had no reason to believe they were in danger. As a result, the drug company may be held liable for the illnesses and deaths its dangerous drugs have caused. According to Fox 59, one wrongful death lawsuit has already been filed in Indiana by the family of a man who died from one of the contaminated injections. They are asking for damages to cover medical expenses, loss of income, and loss of consortium, as well as punitive damages. Because this man was an innocent victim, hopefully the family will receive the compensation and closure they deserve.
Our Virginia dangerous drug attorneys are all too familiar with the physical and emotional anguish these drugs can cause. Helpful information is provided here regarding the dangers of certain products and what steps you should take if you or someone you know has been a victim.