Over a Dozen Sickened by Contaminated Medical Supplies

State officials are investigating over fifty documented cases of B. cepacia found in the state of New Jersey in 2016. 

B. cepacia (or Burkholderia sepacia) is an especially dangerous group of bacteria found in soil and water that is often resistant to antibiotics. While healthy individuals are generally unaffected by B. cepacia, those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop infections from B. cepacia exposure.

B. cepacia can be transmitted a number of ways, including through contaminated medicines and contaminated medical supplies, person to person, or through contact with contaminated surfaces or environments.  

B. cepacia infections can result in various conditions, including damaging lung infections, long term lung function deterioration, and even death. 

The CDC reports when infections enter the bloodstream symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills or shivering
  • Clammy or sweaty skin
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate

The NJ outbreak appears to be linked to Texas based supplier of syringes. Investigations are ongoing.

If you or a loved one suffered a preventable infection during a hospital or long term care stay contact us today. Our medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help you secure compensation. 

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP