Warning about epidural steroid injections

Michigan workers compensation attorney warns about meningitis outbreak possibly linked to spinal injections for back pain.

The New York Times reports on a meningitis outbreak linked to spinal injections for back pain. Four people have died and at least thirty have been sickened. Health officials report incidents in five states with new cases appearing every day.

“The patients are thought to have been infected by a steroid drug contaminated with a fungus, Aspergillus. The drug may have been shipped to 23 states, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.” It is unknown if people in Michigan will be affected.

“Doctors are urging those who have had the treatment within the past few months to see a doctor if they develop symptoms like severe or worsening headaches, fever, nausea, difficulty with balance, or slurred speech.”

Workers compensation

Many of our clients suffer from back pain related to their work injuries. Epidural steroid injections are a common type of treatment.

Spinal injections can temporarily relieve pain while an individual participates in other rehabilitation programs. Epidural steroid injections have been used for many years and are considered relatively safe.

We recommend that you contact your doctor immediately if you develop any symptoms that could be related to this treatment. You can also contact the doctor to determine if you were exposed to this particular steroid drug.

We are available to help

If you have complications from epidural steroid injections, you could be entitled to additional damages. Pain and suffering may even be available under certain circumstances.

Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with one of our workers compensation attorneys today. We will make sure that your legal rights are protected.

UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reports that 2 people in Michigan have died with another 20 cases reported.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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