This week, Beasley Allen lawyer Mike Andrews filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who claims he contracted HIV from contaminated blood supplied by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. The lawsuit alleges LifeSouth was negligent in screening, handling and testing procedures that are meant to prevent the dissemination of contaminated blood. WSFA-TV 12 reporter Samuel King investigating the story discovered the FDA had issued a warning letter to LifeSouth’s Huntsville office in January, citing the office for problems with storing and distribution. Andrews calls the FDA letter “troubling” and says it “does appear to touch on some of the same issues that we’re dealing with in this case.” The lawsuit alleges the blood was collected in Dale County, Ala., but lawyers are still investigating where it was processed. LifeSouth maintains that giving and receiving blood is a safe process. The State Department of Public Health told WSFA News there are no current indications of contaminated blood anywhere in Alabama.
May 16, 2012