Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Victims Awaiting Compensation

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2013

October 2, 2013

Contaminated steroid injections were to blame for a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds people and claimed dozens of lives. However, the Nashville Meningitis Outbreak Lawyers with Ponce Law point out it seems it may take time for victims to receive restitution.

An article published in The Boston Globe explains the hold up is determining liability in the case. Officials must decide which entities should be held responsible and how much of the outbreak was each party’s fault.

The New England Compounding Center, the manufacturer of the tainted drugs, will likely take much of the responsibility. Unfortunately for plaintiffs, the company filed for bankruptcy just days after surrendering its licenses to conduct business. A judge agreed to freeze $21 million in assets from the company, but this could be just a drop in the bucket when damages are tallied for the 750 individuals who have filed suits in connection to the outbreak.

Officials are now considering holding vendors and healthcare providers partially responsible. So far, companies have been offered the opportunity to donate funds to victims in exchange for immunity, but little interest in the offer has been shown.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how complex the battle for compensation has become for meningitis victims, and the firm is here to help. Call us today to discuss your legal rights if you were harmed by tainted steroid injections.