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New Jersey meningitis victims urge Congress to pass new laws

Health and safety are important for locals in New Jersey and residents across the nation. However, when a mistake occurs in the medical field, sometimes it cannot be undone. The resulting damages can be significant and could cause the patient to suffer greatly. Medical malpractice raises health and safety concerns for the individual affected and creates doubts about a medical practitioner and facility.

The first New Jersey resident reported to have fungal meningitis has finally returned home from the hospital. He is one of the victims of the current meningitis outbreak, which has residents across the nation concerned about their health. The New Jersey man contracted the illness after receiving a tainted steroid injection. This medical professional negligence has left the man feeling weak and facing expensive treatments.

There are currently 20 probable cases in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that there are 386 cases of fungal meningitis in 19 different states. The wife of the first New Jersey resident reported to have contracted the illness spoke to a congressman about the matter. Fortunately, the outbreak might lead to new legislation to prevent future incidents.

The outbreak is still under investigation. However, incidents like these that were the result of negligence could lead to various suits. In other words, a patient who sustains a personal injury due to a medical practitioner’s negligence could file a medical malpractice claim. However, the precise nature of the suits depends on the determined cause of the injury. Compensation from a lawsuit could help pay for the costs of medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.

In times of serious outbreaks it is important to not only receive proper medical care but also to take certain preventative measures. By speaking up and taking action, residents can help enact legislation that could prevent future outbreaks, illnesses and death due to medical negligence and tainted medicine.

Source: South Jersey Times, “Meningitis outbreak may lead to new preventative legislation” Don E. Woods, Nov. 2, 2012

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