Roanoke, VA is seeing a sharp increase in lawsuits connected to the meningitis outbreak sweeping the nation, with three more cases added this week, reports The Roanoke Times.
That makes a total of nine personal injury lawsuits in Roanoke Circuit Court alone since the fungal meningitis outbreak on October 3rd. Virginia has since seen two deaths and 46 infections causing sickness, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The outbreak, related to contaminated steroid injections provided by the New England Compounding Center, has killed or sickened people in more that 12 states, and lawsuits are continuing to pile up against NECC.
The new lawsuits, filed on behalf of three residents in Alleghany County (Denia Taliaferro, Kimberly Brown and Forrest Linthicum) who received steroid injections for back pain between August and September of this year, ask for $5 million in damages. All three name the NECC and Insight Imaging, the clinic where they received steroid treatment, as liable.
The six other previously filed lawsuits seek between $5 and $10 million each, all naming the NECC. Representatives of both the NECC and Insight Imaging have declined to issue statements on the outbreak or the lawsuits they face.
The meningitis outbreak was tracked to the NECC after Federal health officials discovered 50 unopened vials of contaminated steroids. It remains to be seen how the shots came to be infected with the fungus.
We will continue to update you as this story unfolds.