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Tennessee Fungal Meningitis Victim Files Lawsuit for Infection

October 4, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

Attorneys for a woman in Nashville have named a Tennessee state senator as the physician who injected her with contaminated spinal steroid, leading her to contract fungal meningitis, reports Tennessean.com.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Joan M. Peay of Nashville, says that current Tennessee state senator Dr. Steven Dickerson injected her with the tainted steroid, leading to a lengthy illness and hospital stay.

Dickerson, an anesthesiologist, injected Peay in September of 2012 at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center, but he is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Records also show that Dickerson injected two other patients at Saint Thomas, with the same drug administered to Peay, in August and September of last year, shortly before the meningitis outbreak was public.

A few weeks after the injection, Peay began to feel some unnatural soreness in the area and suffered from headaches and other fungal meningitis symptoms. She learned of the meningitis outbreak on Oct. 1, and was hospitalized the next day, remaining sick and receiving treatment for several months.

The lawsuit names as defendants the neurosurgical center, the drug compounding company that created the steroid, and a testing company.

So far, sixteen patients in Tennessee have died, five in Virginia, and a total of 64 across the United States.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC meningitis outbreak attorney works with Virginia residents who have suffered from contaminated steroid injections and are looking for fair compensation. Contact us today for a free case consultation or call us at 703-906-4229.

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