Antibiotics are not usually considered dangerous drugs. In fact one of the largest segments of the pharmaceutical industry is the production of these beneficial bacteria fighting drugs. Unfortunately there can be serious and sometimes fatal side effects from a specific class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (FLQ) which are marketed under the brand names Avelox and Levaquin.
Use of Avelox and Levaquin has been linked to the development of serious medical conditions affecting the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. There are also links to the development of peripheral neuropathy, a painful condition affecting parts of the nervous system. Over 25 million prescriptions for FLQ antibiotics are issued each year without the risks being fully known or communicated to patients who trust their doctor’s judgment.
Responsibility for full disclosure lies with the manufacturers and distributors of these drugs and Meyers & Flowers is fully engaged in the process of seeing that they pay substantial compensation to those who have been injured.
Seeking compensation for FLQ caused damages
Meyers & Flowers is currently accepting qualifying clients who wish to join a mass tort lawsuit against the manufacturers of Levaquin and Avelox. The FLQ lawsuit against these companies seeks damages for several serious medical conditions linked to the use of these antibiotics.
FLQs are prescribed to treat bacterial infections such as:
- Skin infection
- Urinary tract and respiratory infection
- Sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Gastrointestinal infection
- Typhoid fever, bubonic plague
Millions of Americans receive prescriptions for Avelox and Levaquin each year to combat bacterial infection. Americans readily followed the instructions on their prescriptions only to find they were dealing with a much more serious threat to their health.
Aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm linked to FLQ antibiotics
Recently, studies have linked life threatening conditions called aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm to these drugs. These conditions occur as the walls of the aorta become weak.
In an aortic dissection, a tear develops within the aortic wall which allows blood to seep between the layers of tissue in the vessel. Should the aorta rupture death can occur within minutes. Emergency surgery is necessary to preserve life in the case of aortic dissection which unfortunately isn’t always available. An aortic aneurysm results when a bulge develops in the aorta which can also rupture.
These conditions are called silent killers as there is often no warning that the aorta has been compromised. Studies point to a weakening in collagen caused by these antibiotics as a possible cause of aortic distress.
People who have been diagnosed with either aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm and who have taken Avelox or Levaquin are encouraged to contact Meyers & Flowers in Chicago. There are time limits for filing a lawsuit which must be met to preserve the right to compensation.
Peripheral neuropathy and Levaquin
The onset of these conditions can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint. However these antibiotics have also been linked to patients who later became disabled due to peripheral neuropathy. It is estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from this condition which is caused by illness as well as exposure to toxic drugs such as FLQs.
Nerve damage causes the signals sent from the brain to be misinterpreted by the nerves. Otherwise normal sensations are often magnified to the point of severe pain in people with peripheral neuropathy. Clothing, sheets and towels cause pain which renders daily life, particularly the ability to work, very difficult.
Hands and feet are usually the first areas affected. Fingers and toes will tingle and become numb at the early stages. Symptoms may take anywhere from week to years to become obvious. Symptoms can become chronic and continue to intensify as time goes on. Some of these are:
- Burning pain in arms and hands, feet and legs
- Muscle weakness
Anyone affected by peripheral neuropathy who has taken either Avelox or Levaquin within the past 6 months is urged to contact the FLQ team for an assessment of their case
FLQ lawsuit coordinated by our Chicago team
The Avelox and Levaquin lawsuit is being coordinated in Chicago by Meyers & Flowers. As one of the country’s most respected defective medical device law firms they have decades of experience litigating against multinational corporations both in class action lawsuits and mass tort lawsuits. More importantly, they have the resources to withstand the aggressive defense of pharmaceutical giant’s legal teams, never allowing stall tactics to dilute their resolve.
Their focus is getting significant compensation for their clients so they can move on with their lives free of any financial burden caused by the offending drug or device. The Avelox lawsuit targets the manufacturer, Bayer HealthCare. The Levaquin lawsuit targets Janssen Pharmaceuticals a Johnson & Johnson Co.
What is a mass tort lawsuit?
A mass tort lawsuit is highly complex due to the fact that while the cause of the damage is universal, the individual damages are unique to each person. Mass tort lawsuits enable attorney firms to share information with other colleagues across the country which reduces duplicative functions and provides a better platform to obtain meaningful compensation for clients.
Meyers & Flowers has brought a mass tort lawsuit against those responsible to ensure their clients receive individual consideration for their particular injuries. This type of action is usually chosen when drug companies have failed to protect the public from adverse side effects and where they have failed to disclose all of the potential risks to taking a drug.
Joining the Avelox Levaquin lawsuit
Contact Meyers & Flowers as soon as possible if you feel you have been harmed by these drugs. Get one of the best Avelox & Levaquin lawyer Chicago has to offer on your side today. The evaluation is done free of charge so there is nothing to lose. As usual there are no fees required until we win your case.