“Tormented” Tuberculosis-Infected Michigan Army Veteran – Possibly State’s First TB-Tainted Bone Graft Case – Turns to Nationally Recognized Legal Team to Hold Those Responsible for His Illness Fully Accountable

A Michigan Army veteran, possibly Michigan’s first confirmed case amid a national tuberculosis (TB) outbreak following surgery using biotechnology company  Aziyo’s now recalled putty-like bone-graft product, is jointly represented by the legal team from  Morris James and Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky.

The nationally recognized injury firms, which filed the first lawsuit resulting from the 20-state outbreak, now represent one dozen TB-infected,  post-surgical patients across five states and expect the Michigan man’s complaint to soon be filed against Aziyo Biologics, Inc., and Medtronic, Inc., the exclusive U.S. distributor of the  “regenerative medicine” compound marketed as FiberCel Viable Bone Matrix (VBM), used in spinal and orthopedic surgeries to promote bone growth.  

Attorneys from the legal team are now in the Detroit area as part of their pre-lawsuit investigation. That includes extensive meetings with the client, a father of three, review of his  comprehensive medical records, and learning as much as possible about how a long awaited  “routine” surgical procedure to “improve his quality of life turned into the worst experience  imaginable that has permanently scarred him physically and emotionally.”  

Morris James attorneys Keith Donovan and Michael Owen, whose firm is headquartered in  Delaware, stated:

Our client is in a state of shock after being told – well after his operation – that everything went fine with the exception of contracting highly contagious TB, linked to  Aziyo’s contaminated FiberCel product. Not only is he now a candidate for corrective surgery that includes removing and replacing the diseased bone-graft implant, but he is undergoing aggressive, lengthy treatment for TB.

Attorney Lawrence R. Cohan, who heads Saltz Mongeluzzi’s toxic tort practice, said the  Michigan Army vet is very clear about what he wants from the lawyers. “He told us in no uncertain terms to do everything we can to find out what happened, including how he and  perhaps more than 100 others, were infected with TB from bone tissue harvested from an untested cadaver. He wants to help others through his legal action avoid the pain and suffering  that torment him daily.” 

Besides Delaware and Michigan, the lawyers represent infected clients in Florida, Maryland and Indiana. 

Coverage Note: The legal team will have limited availability in the Detroit area for interviews over the next few days. They can be contacted through the below information. 


Lawrence R. Cohan/lcohan@smbb.com/215.575.3887
Keith E. Donovan/kdonovan@morrisjames.com/302.888.6808
Dawn V. Sheiker / DSheiker@morrisjames.com/302.888.6808
Steph Rosenfeld / steph@idadvisors.com/215.514.4101

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