As the number of people sickened with fungal meningitis continues to escalate, more and more infected people are filing meningitis lawsuits against the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.
At this point, at least twelve separate people have filed complaints in federal and state courts seeking damages due to the recent meningitis outbreak.
Meningitis attorneys are predicting that of the more than 300 people infected by tainted medicine, 32 of which have died, meningitis lawsuits will continue to increase exponentially in the coming weeks and months as more cases are uncovered.
Interestingly, many of the plaintiffs so far have not actually been diagnosed with meningitis. This indicates that the final tally for meningitis lawsuits could reach into the thousands.
With over 14,000 people receiving injections of potentially tainted medicine in this case, it could turn into one of the largest lawsuits in history.
Meningitis Lawsuits, Meningitis Attorneys…Oh My
Meningitis attorneys from all over the United States have been busy processing and filing the many meningitis lawsuits that continue to mount up even in states where the outbreak has been relatively light.
Even a Google search for the term “meningitis attorneys” brings up a slew of paid advertisements from meningitis lawyers claiming to help victims in filing their meningitis lawsuits.
In fact, several meningitis attorneys have said that their cases would be significantly strengthened if federal authorities are successful in pursuing criminal charges against the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The Feds Are Now Getting Involved
Just recently, the Federal Drug Administration search the company’s offices for evidence.
Although it’s premature to predict the results of that investigation, evidence is certainly mounting against the Framingham company should a criminal investigation be pursued. U.S. Attorney Carmen A. Ortiz confirmed that federal agents are investigating the pharmacy for alleged criminal activity.
A spokesman for the New England Compounding pharmacy said in a statement; “While the company is cooperating with both federal and state authorities to determine the cause of contamination, and at the same time professionally and efficiently manage the recalls that have been initiated, we will refrain from commenting on legal issues both existing and hypothetical.”
Challenges Ahead for Meningitis Attorneys Filing Meningitis Lawsuits
The biggest challenge for local meningitis attorneys and filing meningitis lawsuits is the fact that state laws vary widely regarding this kind of outbreak, as well as what proper legal action, a meningitis attorney needs to take in order to file lawsuits.
Since the outbreak has infected 19 states, each state has strict guidelines and limits on product liability claims which could complicate many of the meningitis lawsuits ongoing.
Although the meningitis lawsuits count continues to escalate, the obvious guilty parties are going to find it difficult to hide from wrongful death, medical liability, as well as personal injury lawsuits.
Step #2: Seek a Meningitis Attorney If You Feel Symptoms
If you have been infected with meningitis due to this outbreak and have already sought medical treatment first, second thing you must do is contact a meningitis lawyer.
With the mounting meningitis lawsuits pending, it’s very important for you to seek this advice quickly – especially in Rhode Island due to the fact that there have been over 14,000 vials distributed with over 600 patients injected with potentially tainted medicine.
Although no cases of fungal meningitis due to the outbreak have been reported in Massachusetts, with the wide reach of the New England compounding distribution network, those cases will start to appear just a matter of time.
The meningitis lawyers at The Kevin P Landry Law Offices, have years of experience getting substantial claims settled for people who have been affected by outbreaks such as these. We are also well versed in cases involving all types of medical malpractice and wrongful death as well.
Once you have gotten medical treatment, contact our law offices to see if we can help you.