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Another Michigan person's life claimed by meningitis outbreak

The toll of those affected by a deadly meningitis outbreak continues to rise here in Michigan. Yesterday, health officials reported that a 14th person linked to the outbreak has died. The 87-year-old victim was a resident of Washtenaw County.

So far, 233 cases in Michigan are related to the contaminated steroids that were produced by a pharmacy for pain-relief injections for neck and back issues. In Michigan, 64 meningitis cases are linked to the outbreak as well as 147 epidural abscesses, 20 peripheral joint infections and one stroke.

The outbreak has affected people all over the country, with a total of 620 Americans developing infections. Michigan, however, has been hit the hardest, as home to more than a third of the outbreak's total cases.

About six percent of those affected have died.

It has been reported that 14,000 people received injections from the moldy steroid shots made by the pharmacy in New England, before the medication was recalled toward the end of September.

The pharmacy at the center of the outbreak has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it is reportedly attempting to avoid civil litigation by setting up a fund to compensate those who have been affected by the outbreak.

Numerous lawsuits were filed after the outbreak, under products liability and medical malpractice law. The future of these lawsuits remains to be seen. When someone is injured by a defective or dangerous product, it is often possible to hold the manufacturer accountable and obtain compensation under products liability law. Clinics and doctors may also face medical malpractice lawsuits linked to this outbreak.

Source: wxyz.com, "Michigan reports 14th meningitis death linked to contaminated steroids," Jan. 3, 2013

  • Information about filing a medical malpractice claim here in Michigan is available on our Ann Arbor law firm's Medical Malpractice page.

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