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Pharmaceutical litigation the result of meningitis death

When somebody takes a prescription drug prescribed by a medical professional, they assume that it is going to make them feel better. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen from time to time and serious injury or even death can be the final result.

Many of our California readers, as well as those in other parts of the country, have been following along with a meningitis outbreak traced back to New England Compounding Center, the company that investigators believe produced tainted steroids that were then distributed to clinics throughout the country.

Many lawsuits have been filed as a result of the contaminated drug, with 64 people having died as a result. Furthermore, 750 became seriously ill after taking the tainted drug. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases were along the East Coast; however, people in 20 states were impacted.

As the result of one death, the family of a victim from Virginia was awarded $25 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against a clinic that provided the tainted drug. After being injected with the steroid to treat back pain, the man died of fungal meningitis.

At this point, more than 150 legal claims have surfaced in Southwest Virginia and there is a good chance that many more could be coming in the future.

When it comes to pharmaceutical litigation, it often means somebody has been injured or killed as the result of a defective drug. Anybody who is faced with such a difficult problem can consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience in this area of the law.

Source:, "Settlement reached in Roanoke meningitis death lawsuit" Laurence Hammack, Feb. 03, 2014

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