A class action lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson in Pennsylvania by a woman who claims she developed permanent peripheral neuropathy after taking the antibiotic drug Levaquin (generic: levofloxacin).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Levaquin side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
August 18, 2016 – The complaint (PDF) was filed last Thursday by Michelin Rowell, a North Carolina woman who claims Levaquin is a defective drug and that J&J committed fraud when it failed to warn the public and medical communities about the peripheral neuropathy risk with the medication. The complaint also alleges that J&J was aware of this risk as early as 1996, and that subsequent studies have reinforced the link between Levaquin and nerve damage.
Rowell is seeking class action status on behalf of everyone who was injured by the drug. The case is: Rowell v. Johnson & Johnson et al, Case No. 2:16-CV-04369 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In August 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that Levaquin and other similar antibiotics could increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy. The warning states that patients should quit the drugs if they begin experiencing symptoms of nerve damage.
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
“The onset of peripheral neuropathy after starting fluoroquinolone therapy was rapid, often within a few days,” FDA said. “In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
Do I Have a Levaquin Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Levaquin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy or other form of nerve damage after taking Levaquin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.