The most serious side effects of Levaquin include aortic aneurysms, tendon ruptures, and permanent nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). Although the FDA has recently strengthened warnings, some are concerned that drug-makers did not adequately warn patients or their doctors.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Levaquin, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysms
Levaquin was associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysms in a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2015. After analyzing data on nearly 150,000 people in Taiwan, reserachers found that patients currently on fluoroquinolone antibiotics were 2.4-times more likely to develop aortic aneurysms.
The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. Aortic aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta weakens and balloons outward. In severe cases, the aorta bursts open and causes massive internal bleeding. Patients can rapidly go into shock, a life-threatening emergency in which blood pressure plummets and vital organs shut down.
Levaquin and Nerve Damage
Experts have known that Levaquin and other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class can increase the risk of nerve damage since 2004. The disease, known as peripheral neuropathy, can occur rapidly and cause permanent complications. The FDA strengthened warnings about this risk in August 2013.
The Prescribing Information was updated to warn:
“Levaquin should be discontinued if the patient experiences symptoms of neuropathy including pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness, or is found to have deficits in light touch, pain, temperature, position sense, vibratory sensation, and/or motor strength in order to prevent the development of an irreversible condition.”
Black Box Warning – Levaquin Tendon Injuries
Levaquin is associated with an increased risk of tendon damage, including tendinitis and tendon ruptures. These side effects can be very painful and limit mobility. In 2008, the FDA added a Boxed Warning to emphasize this risk for patients over 60 years old, patients on corticosteroids, and recipients of heart, lung, or kidney transplants.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. Many people have been injured by Levaquin, but our attorneys are not filing a Levaquin class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits and only accepting cases on behalf of people with severe side effects or permanent injuries.
About Class Action Lawsuits
There are certain circumstances where class actions are ideal — for example, when consumers are seeking refunds for purchasing a defective product, or employees accuse a corporation of discrimination. Members of the class action choose a “class representative” and lawyers use that person’s case to argue for compensation on behalf of everyone else.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Levaquin Class Action
Class actions are frequently filed on behalf of everyone who purchased a defective drug, but they are not commonly used to maximize compensation for individuals who were injured by that drug. Instead, lawyers typically file individual lawsuits.
Individual lawsuits are sometimes centralized in mass-tort litigation at the state or federal level, which provides many of the benefits of a class action — reducing costs, avoiding conflicting rulings in different courts, coordinating discovery proceedings, and more — but each individual case can still have its own outcome.
We understand that many of our clients have suffered devastating losses to their physical, emotional, and financial health. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we can help you seek justice for your injury and compensation for your medical expenses, disability, lost income, and more.
Do I have a Levaquin Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Levaquin, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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