Lawsuits Against Tennessee Healthcare Providers who provided Steroid Shots causing Meningitis will Remain in Tennessee State Courts
According to a recent report, plaintiffs who filed lawsuits in Tennessee state court against the healthcare providers who provided tainted methylprednisolone acetate shots received a victory when United States District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor ruled that their suits may remain in state court, as opposed to being transferred to the United Stated District Court of Massachusetts. The ruling is significant because the victims who filed lawsuits in Tennessee state court now have the opportunity to have their cases tried in front of a local jury, where they may hopefully receive a quicker resolution.
These lawsuits at issue are targeted against Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center where four Tennessee residents were provided shots of methylprednisolone acetate, which is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain and swelling in patients with joint disorders. Last year, a contaminated version of the drug manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) led to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis. Hundreds of people became ill and nearly 50 people died as a result, including the wife of one of the plaintiffs whose suit will now remain in Tennessee state court.
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