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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak in North Carolina Caused by Contaminated Steroid Injections

Updated information from the United States Centers for Disease Control has indicated that at least two people in North Carolina have now been infected with fungal meningitis from contaminated epidural steroid injections.

Reports are that several North Carolina medical practices may have received the tainted medication including the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, Eastern Regional Surgical Center in Wilson, and the High Point Surgery Center.  If you are a patient of any of these facilities, you should contact your doctor immediately.  Symptoms of fungal meningitis include headache, fever, nausea, neck stiffness, and dizziness.

The outbreak has apparent origins at the New England Compounding Center which prepared the steroids for distribution.  The company has now issued a recall for all of its products.

If you or a family member have any questions about your legal rights arising from the meningitis outbreak, please call the attorneys at Hendren & Malone for a free consultation.

Baltimore, Maryland Clinic Sued For Deliberately Exposing Black Children To Lead Poisoning

In a terrible story, a Baltimore, Maryland medical facility has been sued in a class action for allegedly deliberately exposing inner city black children to hazardous lead in order to measure whether efforts to control contamination were effective.  The clinic, Kennedy Krieger, is affiliated with Johns Hopkins which is a renowned medical institute.  The case has been filed as a class action.  Click here for more on this story.

Hudson, North Carolina Chemical Plant Blows Up - Causes Evacuation

On Saturday afternoon, a chemical plant in Hudson, North Carolina blew up causes an evacuation of approximately 750 nearby residents.  The plant, located in Caldwell County, North Carolina, is operated by Chemical Coatings, Inc.  It is not clear what caused the explosion.  However, it took multiple first responders several hours to control the blaze.

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If you or your family have been affected by this explosion and evacuation, call Hendren & Malone today.  The lawyers at Hendren & Malone have brought cases for evacuation related damages in multiple jurisdictions.  We were the attorneys for the residents of Apex, North Carolina who were evacuated in 2006 following an explosion at the EQ facility.  That case resulted in a $7.85 million settlement for the residents in a class action.

Tiny Victory in Indiana Hospital Collections Suit

I recently came across this interesting story of a class action against an Indiana hospital for using an out-of-state collections agency.  Apparently, St. Vincent Indianopolis Hospital outsourced some of its collections to a Missouri based collection agency who was not licensed in Indiana.  Therefore, Michael Sargent sued and won.  He won $2,000 and the plaintiffs won a total of $31,500. 

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