Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit – Aortic Dissection, Aneurysm, Nerve Damage & Peripheral Neuropathy Compensation
Fluoroquinolone is a powerful type of broad spectrum antibiotic drug used to treat bacterial infections, antibiotic resistant infections, and hospital acquired infections. Common hospital acquired infections treated with fluoroquinolone drugs include: hospital acquired pneumonia (nosocomial pneumonia), staph infections, methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) Klebsiella pneumonia, blood stream infections, and urinary tract infections. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are commonly used in the United States, but in UK for example, they are highly restricted except for the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis or Anthrax. Only recently has the CDC issued a warning about the unreported side effects that could seriously injure, disable, or kill people taking them.
The fluoroquinolone lawyers at Baron & Budd are currently investigating lawsuits regarding the connection between fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FLQ) and peripheral neuropathy, a terrible form of nerve damage. In addition, our firm is seeking people who took FLQ antibiotics before suffering an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection. Recent studies have shown that taking fluoroquinolones, like Avelox, Levaquin or Cipro can double a patient’s risk for peripheral neuropathy, and exponentially increase the risk of aortic injuries including aortic aneurysm, dissection, and rupture. Potentially fatal aortic valve ruptures and aneurysms are not acceptable side effects, and both patients and doctors prescribing FLQ drugs were not told about them. Antibiotic nerve damage is also inexcusable, and drug manufacturers need to be held accountable for the severe pain thousands of patients are suffering from after taking what they though was a safe drug.
If you suffered a debilitating aortic aneurysm or tear in your aortic valve after taking fluoroquinolone, contact us to schedule a case review. We’re also investigating cases for nerve damage and neuropathy injuries. 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.
What Side Effects Have Been Reported by the Makers of FLQ Drugs?
Common side effects reported by the manufacturers of flq drugs include:
- Gastrointestinal Discomfort
- Difficulty Sleeping or Insomnia
The side effects disclosed by manufacturers above did not mention any of the serious and potentially deadly side effects that the CDC only recently started warning consumers about. In November of 2015, the Journal of American Medicine published the findings of a study assessing the link between aortic injuries and the use of FLQ antibiotics. According to the study, people who take fluoroquinolone are twice as likely to have an aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture. It also reported the increased risk of peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis, and nerve damage among people who have taken fluoroquinolone in the last 60 days.
What Dangerous Side Effects Did Manufacturers Hide from Consumers & Doctors?
Unfortunately we do not know the scope of the coverup involved by the manufacturing companies, but the studies conducted by Journal of American Medicine and other subsequent studies quickly indicated that these dangerous side effects were easy to spot, and should have been reported by the manufacturers. Some of the dangerous side effects we now know about and that you could be eligible to get a payout for include:
- Aortic Injury
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Nerve Damage
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Aortic Rupture
- Aortic Dissection
Do I Qualify for a Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit?
At this time, our firm’s dangerous drug attorneys 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.
You may be eligible to receive compensation by filing a personal injury claim for injuries and disabilities after taking FLQs, a wrongful death claim if you lost a loved after an aortic aneurysm or dissection injury, or you may be eligible to join a class action lawsuit against the makers of the drug. In early 2016 a group of people injured by dangerous fluoroquinolone side effects filed a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for $800 million, we have yet to see the outcome of that class action suit. However, there will likely be more opportunities for victims to band together in cases like this to hold negligent manufacturing companies responsible.
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 Nerve Damage from Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
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.
Fluoroquinolone 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 is an Aortic Aneurysm?
An aortic aneurysm occurs when the aortic valve expands like a balloon. The immense pressure on the aorta can cause it to burst, causing stroke, catastrophic injuries, and/or death.
What is an Aortic Dissection?
Aortic dissection occurs when the lining of the aorta ruptures, causing fluids to leak outside of the valve. This condition can sometimes be repiared if caught early, but time is of the essence. That is why you should discuss any chest discomfort with your doctor immediately if you have taken Levaquin, Cipro, or Avelox because they are all prescription FLQ drugs.
What Will it Cost to File a Lawsuit for Injuries from Antibiotics?
Our law firm offers a free initial review of your potential fluoroquinolone 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.