Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Contaminated Wipes Lawsuit Alleges Brain Injury

Triad Group, the company at the center of a contaminated wipes scandal that has already been linked to several injury lawsuits, has been named in a brain injury lawsuit filed by the parents of a toddler with a severe infection. According to an amendment to the lawsuit, the bacterial infection that caused the boy's brain infection and injury is linked to contaminated wipes manufactured by Triad.

Now three-year-old Myles Massey contracted the infection soon after he was born in September 2007. At the time, doctors and his parents had little idea what had caused the infection. The infection practically liquefied the boy’s brain, severely delaying his development. Today, Miles cannot walk or talk, and is fed through a stomach tube. He cannot move the left side of his body, and suffers from a number of other mental conditions, including cerebral palsy.

The bacterial infection was caused by an organism called Bacillus Cereus. However, doctors at the hospital could not find any trace of the organism in the hospital, despite repeated tests and consultations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bacillus Cereus organism that has been linked to Myles’ infection is the same one that has been found in contaminated prep pads and wipes manufactured by Triad Group and its sister company, H&P Industries.

Now, the parents have added Triad Group and its sister company, H&P Industries, to the medical malpractice lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, contaminated wipes by Triad Group and H&P Industries were responsible for the bacterial infection.

Earlier this year, Triad Group was forced to recall millions of contaminated prep pads, and more than $6 million worth of products of the company were seized. Since then, a federal court has barred the company from selling and distributing medical supplies.