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FIRST VIRGINIA MENINGITIS LAWSUIT FROM CONTAMINATED STEROID INJECTION FILED BY THE MOODY LAW FIRM
The Moody Law Firm filed the first lawsuit against New England Compounding Center resulting from a fungus contaminated steroid injection. The lawsuit was filed in Roanoke, Virginia on behalf of a retired Norfolk Southern conductor, Basil Proffitt, who received a steroid injection for chronic back pain. Mr. Proffitt developed fungal meningitis as a result of the contaminated steroid manufactured by New England Compounding Center. Testing of New England Compounding Center steroid products has confirmed that they are contaminated with fungus which has caused the meningitis outbreak. In Virginia, two deaths and 34 cases of fungal meningitis have been linked to the steroid injection.
The lawsuit alleges negligence by New England Compounding Center in failing to use a safe and sterile manufacturing process and ask for $5 million dollars in damages. Ongoing investigations by the FDA indicate that New England Compounding may have been violating federal and or state laws and regulations by mass producing the injectable steroid solution without proper prescriptions for the drug. New England Compounding Center has recalled all of its products from the market.
Symptoms related to the tainted injection causing meningitis include headache, fever, nausea, stiffness of the neck, confusion, dizziness, discomfort from bright lights and stroke like symptoms. Individuals who have had a steroid injection from one of the clinics supplied this product should immediately seek evaluation from their physician to determine if their symptoms are related to fungal infection.
The Moody Law Firm represents other meningitis victims from this steroid contamination and expects more cases will be filed. If you or a loved one has had an epidural steroid injection since May of 2012 and have experienced any of the symptoms associated with meningitis, been diagnosed with meningitis or unfortunately has had a family member die from this illness, you may be entitled to compensation and should call us for legal consultation at no obligation at 1-800-793-4816.
Willard J. (Will) Moody, Jr. has been named to board by The Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA).
Willard J. Moody, Jr. has been tapped to serve on the Board of Managers by The Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys(ARLA). ARLA promotes rail safety and safe working conditions for all railroad employees.
IBEW Adopts Designated FELA Legal Counsel Program for Railroad Members
Every year, many of our Railroad members are injured on the job, some seriously, as a result of dangerous equipment and tools, unsafe work procedures, inadequate rules, and lack of manpower. When this occurs, the railroads' knee-jerk reaction is often to launch an "investigation," as part of which the railroads blame the employee for his or her injuries. At the same time, the railroads bring their claims department on board to begin fighting the employees' claim for fair compensation even before it is brought. And when the employee does bring a claim, the railroads utilize the same group of experienced defense firms to the fight the claim.
To level the playing field and ensure that our members have access to attorneys experienced in handling railroad claims, the IBEW, through the Railroad Department, has adopted a "Designated FELA Legal Counsel" program. The law firms and attorneys who participate in our program are experienced trial lawyers from across the country who specialize in handling cases brought under the Federal Employers' Liability Act, which is the law that protects injured railroad employees. Most of our Designated Counsel have represented members of our railroad locals for many years and we have found them to be trustworthy and competent. All must be members of the "Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)", and must have agreed to and signed the "IBEW Rules of Conduct" for FELA Designated Legal Counsel.