1970's State Statute Could Help Meningitis Victims
By Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 1970's state statute meant to protect consumers in the state of Tennessee could end up helping victims of the meningitis outbreak get compensated for what they've been through.
"It's a struggle and these folks are struggling almost a year later they continue to struggle, their families continue to struggle it's been a very difficult situation and these folks who've been impacted they haven't done anything wrong," says attorney Mark Chalos who is representing a number of people impacted by the nation-wide fungal meningitis outbreak.
Officials from the CDC say the tainted steroid which sickened hundreds and killed dozens came from the New England Compound Center in Massachusetts. But late last year NECC declared bankruptcy leaving some victims to wonder if they'd ever have any monetary compensation for what they've endured.
"Anyone who has been impacted their primary goal is to hold the wrong doers accountable," Chalos adds.
Chalos and other attorney is Nashville are now looking at a state statue from the 1970's which says if a manufacturer is insolvent, then someone hurt by a product can go after the seller instead - in this case Saint Thomas Hospital.
"We believe the law in Tennessee will hold the sellers, the corporate owned clinics responsible for the harm they've caused," he says.
Lawyer for Saint Thomas could not be reached for this story but the hospital has maintained they are not responsible for anyone getting sick.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.