Woman Files Lawsuit Against Pharmacy Linked to Meningitis Outbreak
Another North Central Florida resident has been victimized by the fungal meningitis outbreak.
Two more cases were reported in the state, resulting in a total of 12 cases and 2 deaths.
Now a woman is suing the pharmacy linked to the outbreak. On Monday Vilinda York of Marion County filed a lawsuit against the New England Compounding Pharmacy.
Her attorney said York has been in the hospital for more than three weeks.
"They are still trying to treat her and get her over this, but she is not doing particularly well at the moment," said John Piccin.
Attorney Piccin is representing Vilinda York. A woman who is sufferring from fungal meningitis.
The complaint states York is seeking more than $15,000 in damages, but Piccin said the exact amount is still undetermined.
"She is still in the hospital and it depends on what her damages are, what her injuries are and what long term injuries she may have and we don't really know at this point," said Piccin.
Piccin told us that York started getting back injections at the Marion Pain Management Center after she was injured in a car accident.
She received three injections of the contaminated steroid during the month of August.
"I don't know how well she is going to do so I didn't think we should waste a lot of time waiting around and seeing," said Piccin.
Piccin said he only knows of one other lawsuit against the pharmacy and that was filed in Minnesota.
"I definitely think I have a case. I wouldn't have filed this if I didn't think I had a case," said Piccin.
The Food and Drug Adminsitration issued warnings that more drugs may be linked to the meningitis outbreak.
As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 233 Americans have the disease and 15 have died.
Two of those deaths are in Marion County.
We tried getting a hold of a doctor with the Ocala Health System, but their spokesperson Suzanne Santangelo said they prefer not to comment on camera.
Santangelo said that 62 people have gone to Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital for possible risk from contaminated injections.
Piccin hopes his client will fight the disease,just like hundreds of other Americans are being forced to do.
"She is a very nice up beat lady who is trying to deal with this disease that she has," said Piccin.
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