Florida Meningitis Outbreak Lawyers

Florida Meningitis Lawyers

At this moment, the Florida meningitis lawyers at our firm are investigating a number of cases where Florida residents were infected with meningitis as a result of tainted epidural steroidal injections.  2 Florida residents are among the 51 individuals in 8 states who have been diagnosed with a strain of meningitis that has caused a recent and fatal outbreak.  To date, 5 people have died from this outbreak of meningitis.  Many patients who have been diagnosed with this form of meningitis have also suffered debilitating strokes.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with meningitis after a spinal injection of steroids in the last month, the case could be associated with the recent meningitis outbreak.  Victims who have suffered as a result of this tainted medical product are entitled to pursue substantial compensation in a medical product liability lawsuit.  The Florida meningitis lawyers at our firm are currently offering free legal consultations to individuals who believe they may be a part of the outbreak.  Contact us today to learn more.  We offer:

  • Free legal consultation with a Florida meningitis lawyer
  • No legal fees unless you collect compensation
  • Home and hospital visits throughout Florida and surrounding states

News: Meningitis Outbreak

The first case in the recent meningitis outbreak was reported to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on September 21, 2012, when a Tennessee patient tested positive for the strain 19 days after receiving an epidural steroid injection.  An examination of the patient’s cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood revealed the fungus Aspergullus fumigatus in a fungal culture.  An investigation was soon triggered when a similar case was reported in North Carolina on September 28, prompting suspicions of an outbreak, then three other patients were found to harbor the Aspergullus fungus.  One of those patients also showed Probionabacterium acnes in a post-mortem central nervous system specimen.

While the severity of symptoms differs according to patient, all victims of this recent meningitis outbreak show symptoms between one and four weeks after an epidural steroid injection using preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (89mg/ml) prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.  Symptoms include worsening headache, nausea, and some signs of stroke.

Florida Institutions that Received the Tainted Steroids

Authorities have identified 75 facilities in 23 states that have received the steroid product associated with the recent meningitis outbreak.  8 Florida facilities are on the list:

  • Florida Pain Clinic in Ocala
  • Interventional Rehab Center in Pensacola
  • Marion Pain Management Center in Ocal
  • North County Surgicenter in Palm Beach Gardens
  • Orlando Center for Outpatient Surgery in Orlando
  • Pain Consultants of West Florida in Pensacola
  • Surgery Center of Ocala
  • Surgical Park Center in Miami

What Should You Do?

If you have recently had an epidural (spinal) injection of steroids and are now showing symptoms of meningitis, the first thing you should do is to contact your doctor as quickly as possible.  Your doctor can help you determine whether the medication in your injection could have come from the infected lots, and can also conduct a thorough examination for signs of the meningitis outbreak.  If you are, in fact, a victim of the outbreak, you need to know that you may be entitled to substantial compensation in a medical product liability lawsuit.  Contact a Florida meningitis outbreak lawyer to learn more about your rights in a free legal consultation.

Contact a Florida Meningitis Lawyer

Victims of the recent meningitis outbreak may be able to collect significant compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial damages in a dangerous drug lawsuit, but it’s important to act now.  If you believe you have been infected with meningitis after receiving an epidural steroid injection, contact our Florida meningitis lawyers today to schedule a free consultation where you can learn more about your potential right to compensation and how we can help you achieve justice.