Just hours ago, our Rhode Island meningitis lawyer offices were notified that the Rhode Island Health Department identified the state’s second case of fungal meningitis linked to the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
And more could be on the way, as the department reported that 266 people in Rhode Island received injections from three tainted lots from the New England Compounding Center.
Lincoln, RI Woman Infected With Fungal Meningitis
As was reported by the Rhode Island Health Department, a woman in her mid-60s from Lincoln, RI received injections at Ocean State Pain Management, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on two separate dates in August and September.
On Friday, the woman was admitted to a local Rhode Island hospital. According to Health Department spokeswoman Andrea Bagnall Degos, she was discharged over the weekend and is now recovering.
As was reported here yesterday Rhode Island received its first case of confirmed fungal meningitis due to the outbreak. The Rhode Island Health Department reported that a woman in her 40’s from Providence had fallen ill with fungal meningitis.
This case today makes the second case for Rhode Island in the ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak.
It was confirmed that Ocean State and New England Anesthesiology was one of the many Rhode Island clinics which received medication from three lots recalled by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass.
Rhode Island Meningitis Lawyer Warning: More Infections to Come
With the CDC reporting more deaths yesterday, there is sure to be more meningitis cases reported in Rhode Island in the coming months.
It was confirmed that 266 people received injections from three affected lots in the state of Rhode Island.
Nationwide, over 370 people have been sickened and 28 have died.
With over 14,000 tainted vials distributed throughout the United States, the problem is too large to now be contained and the first Massachusetts meningitis cases will likely start appearing soon. In fact, thousands may develop meningitis nationwide as a result of this outbreak.
Be on the Lookout for Symptoms of Fungal Meningitis
The symptoms of meningitis usually include severe headache, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and high fever.
Meningitis symptoms don’t appear suddenly.
Oftentimes, infected individuals take weeks if not months to have symptoms. So if you feel you might have been infected, seek medical attention immediately.
The key to good treatment outcome is a speedy diagnosis and effective and correct treatment regimen.
If the meningitis is fungal in nature, doctors typically prescribed high-dose anti-fungal intravenous medicines. Fungal meningitis is the most common form of meningitis seen in this outbreak.
However, if a physician misdiagnoses and treats with antibacterial intravenous medicines when the infection is fungal, symptoms can exacerbate in the patient could have a very poor clinical outcome.
This is why it’s so important to get fast but effective diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
Seek a Rhode Island Meningitis Lawyer If Needed
The meningitis outbreak is now reached a level of magnitude unprecedented in the history of the medical industry.
And legitimate lawsuits from meningitis patients have already been reported. There is certainly grounds for filing a claim if you have been infected.
You certainly may need a Rhode Island meningitis lawyer if you are infected. However, it’s important that you choose an attorney to represent you who is well-versed in medical malpractice and in particular personal injury law related to meningitis and other infectious outbreaks.
The Rhode Island 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, as well as medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Once you have gotten medical treatment, contact our office to see if we can help you.