A class action lawsuit was recently filed in Michigan on behalf of Michigan patients who were sickened with meningitis by the tainted steroid injections. Thousands of patients received injections for back pain and other conditions only to become extremely ill with meningitis. Numerous deaths, including at least four in Michigan, have resulted from these injections.
The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court and the Massachusetts pharmaceutical company that compounded the drugs used in the injections. The lawsuit points out the New England Compounding Center is licensed only to fill small, specialty prescriptions for patients in Michigan, but has been selling large quantities of medications to hospitals and clinics, the complaint charges.
Patients who have been infected with meningitis, and family members of patients who have died from receiving the injection, do have legal rights against the pharmaceutical company and perhaps other defendants as well. While many people believe that they are required to participate in a class action lawsuit that has already been filed, this is not necessarily the case. Many times, an injured person is better off by filing his or her own individual lawsuit rather than joining a class action.
A person who joins a class action essentially relinquishes a significant amount of control over their own case. This is because you become just a number in what can be hundreds or even thousands of claimants and you lose your ability to make your own decisions on the case. The lead plaintiff and class action attorneys control the outcome of your case and you may be afforded little or no opportunity to tell your story or determine the result that you want.
Our steroid injection meningitis lawyers are investigating cases for individual victims of the recent contaminated steroid injections which have caused meningitis and numerous deaths. Unless there later becomes a compelling reason to join the class action, the cases we handle will be filed for the individuals themselves so that they can have their own voice heard in court, rather than just be lumped in a group with hundreds of others. We believe that this will bring the highest form of justice to those injured by the steroid injections.
Legal Rights for Patients Infected By Steroid Injections
If you were sickened with meningitis or a family member died due to the meningitis from a steroid injection, you should contact our office immediately to learn more about your legal rights. Call us now at (800) 606 – 1717 or fill in the orange Get Help Now Box and send us your message. We will respond quickly.