Indio Car Crash Might Cause A Fungal Infection

Many of our clients at Barry Regar APLC suffer from chronic neck, back, shoulder, hip, and knee pain as a consequence of Coachella Valley auto accidents. Despite conservative medical care including pain medication such as vicodan, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory prescriptions and physical therapy some of these accident victims continue to experience pain and disability.

The next step in medical treatment for some of our clients is often steroid injections. These people who are having chronic pain commonly receive injections of methylprednisolone acetate into the symptomatic joint to reduce the inflammation that causes the pain and limitation of movement. Although these types of injections luckily will not cause meningitis which has been nationally publicized as having been linked to a compounding pharmacy suspected of selling steroid injection medication contaminated with a fungus, any joint infections tied to these contaminated steroid medications can result in serious health consequences to the patient.

Fungal infections in a joint are often extremely difficult to treat and can be quite devastating according the Dr. Sanjeev Suratwala, a spine surgeon in Glen Cove, New York. Dr. Suratwala reported that these patients require several months of antibiotic therapy and often suffer relapses and may need surgery to remove infected tissue. He also stated that fungal infection in joints can take longer to manifest than spinal meningitis that is diagnosed within one to four weeks after the spinal injection for back or neck pain has been administered.

Because the Massachusetts pharmacy that combined and mixed ingredients to produce the steroid medication that has been used for spinal injections has been identified as the alleged source of the fungus contaminated steroid products, the fear is that there will now be a rash of joint infections caused by these defective and contaminated products having been injected into the joints of patients with knee, shoulder, ankle, and hip pain.

It has been reported that this week the CDC released interim guidelines for doctors on how to treat fungal joint infections. The CDC issued warnings to patients who had received joint injections with methylprednisolone acetate to immediately seek medical treatment if they develop symptoms of infection, including swelling, redness or warmth at the site of the injection. Increasing pain at the site is also a sign that should be checked out by a doctor.

A personal injury victim who obtains medical treatment which includes contaminated steroid injections in the spine or a joint can hold the negligent driver who caused the spine or joint injury liable for the fungus infection contracted from a defective drug. My office would also sue the pharmacy supplying the contaminated steroid medication under a defective products theory of liability. We would consider suing the doctor who gave the contaminated injection if it could be proved that in light of the current publicity about fungal infections and their relationship to compounding pharmacies, the doctor didn't make a reasonable inquiry into the origin of the steroid medication he or she injected into my client. The doctor could be sued for medical malpractice for a failure to make a reasonable investigation.

Contact a lawyer at the firm of Barry Regar A Professional Law Corporation for an immediate and free consultation about your injury case.


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