There have been at least 50 lawsuits filed in nine different states against
the New England Compounding Center (NECC). The company is associated with
the latest meningitis outbreak that has lead to a reported 37 deaths and
590 cases. The fungal meningitis, which was caused by the injection of
contaminated steroid shots, can cause victims to experience multiple side
effects, including vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, nausea,
exhaustion and difficulty with speech and attention. The lawsuits assert
that NECC negligently produced a defective and dangerous product and seek
compensation to repay families for the death of loved ones, lost wages
and mental and emotional suffering. However, recovering damages for the
victims will prove to be a complicated and long process.
It is uncertain whether the small private compounding pharmacy, NECC, has
adequate liability insurance or sufficient assets to compensate any victims.
As a result, many attorneys are seeking justice from other parties. Additional
defendants named in these lawsuits are
- NECC pharmacists and co-founder Barry Cadden
- Co-founder Greg Conigliaro
- Sister company Ameridose
- Ameridose’s marketing and support team, Medical Sales Management
Under tort law, a lawsuit has to prove the defendant had a duty to protect
the injured party, which in this case could be anyone involved with the
medical procedure. Plaintiffs' attorneys are considering this option
but need more information about the relationships between the compounding
pharmacy and the hundreds of hospitals and clinics that used its product.
Although lawsuits against doctors and hospitals can be expensive, lengthy
and complicated, these potential lawsuits represent a way for the victims
and their families to recover expenses and seek justice for those who
have been affected by this devastating outbreak.
If you or a loved one has received one of the tainted steroid shots and
has contracted fungal meningitis, call the
Columbus personal injury lawyers at Rourke and Blumenthal to discuss your legal rights. There is a possibility that you could be
entitled to compensation.