N.C. Meningitis Lawyer – Meningitis Lawsuits
As your local N.C. meningitis lawyer, Ward Black Law wants to keep you aware of the most recent news in defective drugs and products.
A recent, rare outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States has been linked to contaminated epidural steroid injections for back pain. It has sickened dozens of people and claimed at least 14 lives.
Cases have been cited in North Carolina, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia.
As of October 11, 2012, North Carolina has cited two cases of fungal meningitis. Although the North Carolina State Health Department acknowledges more than 200 cases of tainted steroid shots in joints, it is only spinal injections that have been tied to the meningitis outbreak. Individuals who received tainted steroid shots in joints have been contacted as a precaution.
The outbreak has been linked to the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. NECC has recalled all products compounded, sold and distributed from their facilities as a precaution. The company is cooperating with an ongoing FDA investigation into the outbreak.
North Carolina Meningitis Cases
The two cases of fungal meningitis related to tainted steroid shots have been linked to the following clinics in North Carolina:
- High Point Surgery Center, a subsidiary of High Point Regional Hospital and Health System
- Eastern Regional Surgical Center in Wilson, N.C.
If you or anyone you know has had an epidural steroid injection since May 2012, you should consult a physician and watch for signs and symptoms of meningitis.
Are you accepting N.C. meningitis lawsuits?
Ward Black Law is currently reviewing cases of individuals who have either been injured by the fungal meningitis outbreak because of a tainted steroid shot or who know someone who has been injured. We have an N.C. meningitis lawyer standing by to talk to you about your case. Call us at 877-256-1214 to get in touch with our defective drug and N.C. meningitis lawyers. You can also chat live with a Ward Black Law representative from our website during regular business hours.
We are also accepting referrals from other law firms. If you are an attorney and your firm is interested in referring a case to us, please contact us at 877-256-1214.
Questions about Fungal Meningitis
1. What is fungal meningitis?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), fungal meningitis occurs when a fungus travels through the bloodstream to the central nervous system and reaches the brain and spinal cord. In the case of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, the fungus was introduced directly to the spine by the steroid injections.
2. What are the symptoms of fungal meningitis?
Symptoms of fungal meningitis may include:
- neck stiffness
- sensitivity to light
Fungal meningitis can lead to strokes and even death if untreated.
3. What is the incubation period for fungal meningitis?
Individuals who received epidural steroid shots for back pain within the past one to four weeks should watch for signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been contacting individuals known to have received these shots.
4. Is fungal meningitis contagious?
No. Fungal meningitis cannot be spread from human to human by any kind of contact.
5. What should I do if I think I may have received a tainted shot?
Please visit a health professional immediately, even if you do not exhibit any of the above symptoms.
6. What should I do if I have been a victim of a tainted epidural steroid shot, or if I know someone who has?
Please contact Ward Black Law to talk to an N.C. meningitis lawyer. We can assess your case and help you get restitution for injury or damages as a result of negligence or defective drugs.
Below we have listed some recent news articles about the fungal meningitis outbreak. While these articles are intended to be helpful and informative, Ward Black Law is not responsible for outdated or inaccurate content on third-party sites.
10/17/12 – Fungal meningitis outbreak reaches 233 cases, US CDC says – Businessweek
10/16/12 – Two new drugs tied to meningitis, fungal infection in multi-state outbreak – FoxNews.com
10/15/12 – New warnings in fungal meningitis outbreak – WebMD.com
10/11/12 – Meningitis outbreak throws spotlight on “compounding” pharmacies – U.S. News and World Report
10/11/12 – Meningitis outbreak toll rises: 170 cases, 14 deaths – USA Today
10/09/12 – Meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections prompts call for tighter drug rules – Huffington Post
10/09/12 – N.C. health officials warn everyone exposed to meningitis outbreak – WFAE.org
10/08/12 – Two cases of fungal meningitis identified in N.C. – Charlotte Observer