The nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections continues to spread across the U.S. and in Michigan. On October 8, 2012, there were 21 cases of meningitis in the state, including two deaths. Sixteen days later, on October 24, 2012, there are now 68 cases, including five deaths from contaminated steroid injections in Michigan.
One of these cases is that of Brenda Bansale, who received a tainted steroid injection at Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, MI. Bansale received the steroid injection on August 28, 2012 and was hospitalized early this month after experiencing severe debilitating headaches. She is the first fungal meningitis victim to take legal action in Michigan against the pharmaceutical company. Her attorney, Marc Lipton, of Lipton Law in Southfield, filed the class action lawsuit in Detroit’s U.S. District Court against New England Compounding Center (NECC), the company responsible for the contaminated steroids.
The lawsuit calls for tougher regulations on NECC as well as aims to recover compensation for the people affected by the pharmaceutical company’s negligence. This is the third lawsuit to be filed against NECC, the first two being in Minnesota. Mr. Lipton expects that all lawsuits will eventually be consolidated into a multi-district case and filed in the most convenient location for all parties involved.
As reported by the Livingston Daily, Mr. Lipton stated that Bansale “was having additional symptoms, her physicians ordered her to the Hospital for additional tests.” She was readmitted to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor on October 23, 2012.
If you or a loved one has contracted fungal meningitis as the result of contaminated steroid injections manufactured by NECC, Marc Lipton and the Michigan meningitis lawsuit attorneys at Lipton Law can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call us at (248) 557-1688.