Chicago Drug Injury Lawyer Says Legal Help is Crucial in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

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Attorney Patrick A. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says patients, families fare better in lengthy recoveries from medical error when ‘burden of worry’ can be eased.

Chicago meningitis outbreak attorney

Chicago drug injury lawyer Patrick A. Salvi

In our experience, patients fare better in their recovery when the burden of worry can be taken from them. That’s what a team of experienced attorneys can provide.

The unprecedented nature of the ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak is reason for anyone affected by it to obtain legal advice and assistance, says Chicago drug injury lawyer Patrick A. Salvi.

“Medical authorities say this type of fungal meningitis is something they have never seen, and suggest that treatment may be lengthy and only partially effective in some cases,” said Salvi, managing equity at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a personal injury law firm in Chicago.

“What is certain is that meningitis patients and their families will face a major disruption in their lives, which will likely involve dealing with health care corporations, insurance companies, Medicare and other bureaucracies,” he continued. “They’ll fare better with a knowledgeable advocate at their side.”

The Washington Post reported that the fungal meningitis – which has been found in 297 patients nationwide as of October 22, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – is unlike anything previously encountered.

It is blamed on contaminated spinal steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a Massachusetts pharmacy that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shut down.

Fungal meningitis and other fungal infections linked to the tainted shots have been reported in 16 states, and 23 people have died, the CDC says. The CDC and state health departments estimate that approximately 14,000 patients may have received injections with medication from three implicated lots of the steroid methylprednisolone.

The Post quoted physicians and fungal infection experts who said little is known about how the outbreak or individual cases of infection will play out.

Fungal infections of the brain are hard to diagnose, the newspaper said. “They require at least three months of therapy with often-unpleasant drugs. Treatment failure is common. Survivors are often left with disabilities.”

“Lengthy illnesses of uncertain outcome are terribly taxing on the patient, as well as family members,” said Salvi, a veteran hospital infection and medication error attorney.

“In our experience, patients fare better in their recovery when the burden of worry can be taken from them,” he said. “That’s what a team of experienced attorneys can provide.”

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.

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