Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 12, 2012
Chicago injury lawyer Patrick A. Salvi said today that the national outbreak of fungal meningitis remains a serious concern as the number of confirmed cases of the disease stemming from tainted steroid shots continues to grow.
“The CDC’s count of meningitis cases went from 137 to 170 between Wednesday and Thursday this week and includes 21 cases in Indiana,” said Salvi, managing equity partner of the Chicago personal injury firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
“This shows that this national health crisis is spreading quickly and far from over,” Salvi said. “That’s why we caution people who may be affected to remain on guard and to seek immediate medical attention if they show any symptoms of this serious disease.”
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. represents drug injury victims in Illinois and across the Midwest. This week, the firm was featured on the cover of Chicago Lawyer magazine for obtaining $46.51 million in settlements (in cases over $2 million) over the past year.
Salvi said the firm is investigating reports of fungal meningitis related to the ongoing national outbreak.
“We’re grateful that no Illinois meningitis cases have been cited, and our thoughts and prayers are with those whom we know have been affected by contaminated steroid shots in Indiana and elsewhere,” Salvi said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and other health agencies alerted physicians and consumers early this month that the New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Framingham, Massachusetts had recalled more than 17,600 single-dose vials of a steroid known as “preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate” on September 26 because they may have been contaminated.
The CDC says individuals who have had epidural steroid injections for back pain between May 21 and September 26 could have received the contaminated solutions.
They should seek medical care if they experience fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, new weakness or numbness, increasing pain or redness or swelling at the injection site, the CDC says.
Fungal meningitis symptoms have generally manifested in patients affected by the current outbreak within one to four weeks after receiving a steroid shot for back pain, the CDC says. Not all patients who received steroid injections will become sick.
The federal agency says steroid injections from three lots recalled by the Massachusetts pharmacy had been distributed to 75 clinics in 23 states.
According to the CDC, 170 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis (including 14 deaths) have been reported in a total of 11 states: Tennessee (49 cases), Michigan (39), Virginia (30), Indiana (21), Maryland (13), Florida (7), Ohio (3), Minnesota (3), North Carolina (2), New Jersey (2) and Idaho (1).
The recalled steroid vials had also been distributed to California, Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Three clinics in Illinois had received the recalled steroid injections, according to the CDC. They are the APAC Centers for Pain Management in Chicago and Westchester and Thorek Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“In addition to getting medical treatment, those who have been affected, including their families, certainly should take steps as soon as possible to protect their legal rights,” Salvi said.
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). The firm represents clients in matters involving medication errors, emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, hospital negligence, physician error, birth injuries, surgical malpractice, anesthesia errors, organ puncture/perforation, post-operative and pre-operation malpractice and surgical complications. The firm’s success in medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases features recoveries of more than $630 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online form.