Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics – Peripheral Neuropathy Lawsuit
The fluoroquinolone lawyers at Baron & Budd are currently investigating lawsuits regarding the connection between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy, a terrible form of nerve damage. Recent studies have shown that taking fluoroquinolones, like Avelox, Levaquin or Cipro can double a patient’s risk for peripheral neuropathy.
If you are not diabetic, have taken a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, and now suffer from peripheral neuropathy, contact a fluoroquinolone lawyer at Baron & Budd at 866-508-7081 or contact us online to see if you qualify for a peripheral neuropathy lawsuit.
Do I Qualify for a Peripheral Neuropathy Lawsuit?
At this time, our firm’s fluoroquinolone lawyers are investigating cases where patients took the drug Avelox, Cipro or Levaquin and were subsequently diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.
Though there have been previous lawsuits filed regarding the connection between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and tendon rupture, our firm is only investigating peripheral neuropathy issues at this time. Unfortunately, the way the law currently stands, we are only able to help patients who took the brand name drug for Avelox, Cipro, or Levaquin, not the generic versions. We are also only able to accept cases where the patient is not diabetic. Please understand that this is completely out of our control. Read more about generic drugs and lawsuits on our blog.
Our lawyers are currently accepting cases where people took fluoroquinolones and then were diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a type of usually permanent (and terrible) form of nerve damage. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Tingling sensation that begins in the toes and spreads upwards
- Acute/Shooting pains or otherwise severe pain
- Muscle weakness or loss of muscle coordination
- Abnormal or sudden changes in the sense of temperature, texture or body position and or balance or the extreme sensitivity to touch
- Loss of motor skills, diminished reflexes or difficulty walking
Why File a Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit?
Peripheral neuropathy can completely change your life. And, sadly, not for the better. Recent studies have revealed that taking a fluoroquinolone drug like Avelox, Cipro, or Levaquin can double your risk of developing peripheral neuropathy. Filing a fluoroquinolone lawsuit can:
- Send a message to the drug companies, telling them that they were wrong.
- Help prevent others from also suffering from peripheral neuropathy related to fluoroquinolone antibiotic use.
- Help you get additional funds to help pay costly medical bills, provide for any long-term medical care and help make up for lost income.
What’s So Dangerous About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics?
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics were originally intended to only be prescribed for life-threatening bacterial infections, such as meningitis or serious recurrent infections. However, despite the intensity of the antibiotic, fluoroquinolone antibiotics have increasingly been prescribed for minor bacterial infections, and even “routine” infections like urinary tract infections. And therein lies the problem: Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are simply too strong — and the risk too high — for many patients with infections that could easily be treated with a less risk-heavy antibiotic.
Today, fluoroquinolone antibiotics are prescribed to treat virtually any everyday problem, including sinus infections or ear infections. Why, you ask? Answer: lots and lots of marketing. Not only were Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone drugs over-prescribed, but they also carry a serious risk of peripheral neuropathy, a horrible and typically permanent form of nerve damage. Sadly, we talk to many people every day whose lives were completely changed – and never for the better – because of fluoroquinolones.
Fluoroquinolones and Aortic Injuries
In addition to the nerve and ligament damage associated with fluoroquinolones, the medications have also been linked to two potentially fatal health complications – aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections.
Any type of damage to the aorta, the body’s largest blood vessel, can lead to heart attacks, strokes and death. In many instances, a person with an aortic aneurysm, or a bulge in the aorta, may not even know he or she has a problem until it bursts, or dissects. When this happens, a person will only have a 50 percent chance of surviving. Treatment often involves extensive surgery as well as a lifetime of having to take expensive medications.
Several medical studies have revealed the links between aortic injuries and fluoroquinolones. For example, researchers found that adults who take fluoroquinolones are twice as likely to develop an aortic aneurysm or dissection within 60 days of taking the medication. One theory as to why this happens is that fluoroquinolones can degrade collagen, the body’s connective tissue. Collagen is a major component of the wall of the aorta, and any degradation can lead to bulging or tearing of the vessel.
What Will it Cost to File a Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit?
Our fluoroquinolone lawyers offer a free initial review of your potential case. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we are paid a percentage of the final result of your case when (and if) we achieve a successful result for you. We cover all of the costs associated with your cases, such as filing fees or fees to obtain medical records. Once your case is completed, we receive reimbursement for these costs from the result.