The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced serious risks associated with steroid injections in the neck and back. Researchers and safety advocates have been asking the FDA to act on these dangers for years.
As far back as 2007, reports of severe adverse events started emerging, according to media reports. Some of the most serious injuries include a loss of vision and paralysis. The injections were also linked to 13 deaths, reported an article in the journal Spine.
But it wasn’t until 2011 the FDA started to study these safety concerns. Although the FDA has now issued warnings, it hasn’t gone as far as restricting their use. The agency is still investigating the risks associated with the injections.
Steroid injections are a common form of treatment for neck and back pain. Doctors administer millions of injections every year. As a result, some patients have suffered serious harm, and some might still. Of course, there was also the issue with the contaminated steroid injections from the compounding facility in Massachusetts.
What You Should Do If a Steroid Injection Causes Serious or Fatal Injuries
If you are an injured victim or the family member of a loved one who died after receiving an injection, it’s important to consult with legal counsel. You may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer or others involved in the chain of distribution.
Talk to your attorney about which parties might be liable. If a doctor incorrectly administered the injection, or was otherwise negligent, he or she may be liable. In many cases, a drug manufacturer is responsible for injuries related to its product.
Seek legal advice from Gacovino, Lake & Associates to discuss liability and the damages you might recover. Call us at 800-550-0000 to set up a consultation with an attorney, or contact us online to schedule your appointment.