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Meningitis Death Toll On The Rise

The number of deaths from the recent meningitis outbreak has now reached 19, and experts fear the number will continue to increase and more and more cases have been reported. The latest reports indicate that at least 250 patients have contracted fungal meningitis as the result of tainted steroid injections. The steroid injections are linked to the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass.

If you believe you or a loved one may have received a tainted steroid shot, seek medical attention immediately. Further, discussing your case with a law firm that has a long history in helping clients affected by meningitis is crucial. Whether you have contacted meningitis as the result of medical malpractice or other form of negligence, it is critical that you work with a knowledgeable San Francisco meningitis attorney who understands the significant long-term effects of meningitis and has worked with the nation's top experts to ensure you or a loved one receives the money necessary for a lifetime of care.

In the recent outbreak, patients across the country have been infected with a rare form of fungal meningitis. The types of fungi include Exserohilum fungus, a fungus associated with grass and rotting wood that is especially aggressive in attacking spine and brain stem tissues. Other types of fungus found include Aspergillus fungus and Cladosporium fungus.

Symptoms of meningitis may not show up for several weeks following an injection. Early treatment is essential. Fungal meningitis symptoms include:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Severe headache
  • Fevers
  • Nausea
  • Numbness in any part of your body
  • Slurred speech
  • Redness or swelling at the injection site

Long-term effects of meningitis may include permanent neurological damage and death.

At Bostwick & Peterson, our San Francisco meningitis attorneys have a proven track record of helping individuals and families affected by meningitis. Whether as the result of medical malpractice, work place exposure or a defective or dangerous pharmaceutical, we understand the devastating effects of this disease and have worked with the world's top experts to recover the compensation you need for a lifetime of care. For more information, please contact our San Francisco meningitis lawyers for an immediate consultation.