New England Compounding Center (NECC), the Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy at the center of the nationwide meningitis outbreak, is currently facing a wave of meningitis lawsuits from patients who received contaminated steroid injections that were made by the pharmacy.
At least 10 meningitis lawsuits have been filed against the pharmacy, including one lawsuit seeking class action status. Numerous other plaintiffs have retained attorneys to begin litigation.
The legal threat that surrounds the meningitis outbreak is a significant one. As of Sunday, 284 cases of meningitis have been reported across 16 states, with 23 individuals being confirmed dead. Health authorities estimate that approximately 14,000 patients have been exposed to doses from the infected batches of steroid injections.
The NECC is listed as the sole defendant in the cases that have already been filed, as the specialty pharmacy produced the methylprednisolone acetate that cased the outbreak. However, various attorneys believe that other defendants will soon be named, such as surgery centers and pain clinics that administered the injections, suppliers of the bulk chemical, and doctors who gave these injections to their patients.
Plaintiffs have said that the insurance coverage of the NECC is inadequate to cover the extent of the liability. The NECC is currently closed for operations, and is not commenting on the lawsuits being filed against them.
So far, cases have been filed in Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Florida. While some complaints have confirmed fungal meningitis, other complaints allege the suffering of emotional distress, bodily harm, and various other personal injuries due to the steroid injection.
The case filed in Massachusetts state court aims to freeze the assets of the NECC, as well as its officers. At least four plaintiffs are currently contending for position with other future plaintiffs at Washington, D.C.’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which assigns mass tort cases to individual federal district judges.
These four plaintiffs are seeking to reassign the meningitis cases to Minneapolis’ federal district court, as the state has judges with previous experience in handling consolidated multidistrict litigation. These judges have handle lawsuits filed against Guidant Corp. heat defibrillators and wires, St. Jude Medical, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., and various other matters on drug liability.
In the past, litigation consolidating hundreds or thousands of cases in one court has resulted in mass settlements amounting to hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. Authorities believe that the current meningitis outbreak does not yet to be of that scope.
The number of deaths and patients sickened with meningitis continue to rise, and doctors believe that those who are ill may suffer significant physical and mental deficits, with the likelihood of long-term disability.
Call Grossman Law Firm For Meningitis Representation
If you suffer from meningitis because of the contaminated steroid injections from the NECC, or if you lost a loved one due to this drug, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Families who have lost members to this outbreak may also be eligible to file a wrongful death claim for their loss. Consult with a personal injury attorney from Grossman Law Firm immediately by calling (877) 996-5529