Levaquin Lawsuit Information Center
Peripheral neuropathy is a debilitating and potentially permanent complication that may be associated with the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, a class of medications that includes Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro. Because of the serious nature of these complications, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now evaluating the following legal claims involving fluoroquinolones and peripheral neuropathy:
- Levaquin Lawsuit
- Avelox Lawsuit
- Cipro Lawsuit
The serious nerve damage associated with these medications can result in permanent disability and rob a victim of their ability to work. A number of lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturers of Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro, all of which claim the companies failed to provide patients with adequate warnings about their association with peripheral neuropathy. By filing such a lawsuit, victims of fluoroquinolone-associated peripheral neuropathy may be able to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other injury related damages. To learn how our attorneys can help you, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling .
Fluoroquinolones are the most commonly prescribed of all antibiotics, and were used to treat some 27 million Americans in 2011 alone. They are used in the treatment or prevention of certain bacterial infections, including respiratory infections like pneumonia, and urinary tract infections, E. coli, salmonella, staph infections, and chlamydia.
According to product liability lawsuits involving Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox, the association between serious nerve damage and fluoroquinolones was identified as early as the mid-1990s. However, information regarding this risk was not added to the drugs’ labeling until 2004. In 2013, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that the nerve damage warnings be strengthened after determining that the prior labeling was inadequate.
According to the FDA’s 2013 alert, peripheral neuropathy associated with Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox typically begins rapidly, within a few days of starting the fluoroquinolones. Nerve damage may last for months or even be permanent, even after treatment with the drugs has been stopped.
Because of the serious and permanent nerve damage that can be caused by fluoroquinolones, the FDA has advised patients taking these antibiotics to talk with their doctor immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Shooting pain
- Unusual sensitivity to touch, pain, or temperature
Since the FDA ordered the manufacturers of fluoroquinolones to strengthen peripheral neuropathy warnings in 2013, dozens of Levaquin lawsuits, Cipro lawsuits and Avelox lawsuits have been filed in courts around the U.S. on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced permanent nerve damage due to their use. Some legal experts expect that ultimately hundreds, if not thousands, of similar complaints will be filed nationwide.
Individuals who have filed product liability lawsuits involving Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox allege that prior to 2013, peripheral neuropathy warnings provided by their manufacturers were misleading, as they suggested that that reports of serious nerve damage among users were rare and that problems resolved when the medications are no longer used. They also assert that the drug companies should have been aware of this risk by at least 2001, when a study was published linking the antibiotics to 45 cases of persistent peripheral nervous system damage. Finally, the lawsuits claim that had the warnings been adequate, the serious nerve damaged experienced by fluoroquinolone patients would have been avoided.
Filing an Antibiotic Nerve Damage Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with permanent peripheral neuropathy after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you too may be entitled to file a Levaquin lawsuit, Cipro lawsuit or Avelox lawsuit. To learn more about your legal rights, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP at for a free review of your case.