The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in December 2018 linking a popular family of antibiotics with an increased risk of aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm. According to the agency, fluoroquinolone antibiotics including Floxin may cause this potentially deadly side effect.
If you suffered aortic aneurysm or dissection after taking Floxin or another related antibiotic, our attorneys can help. Berger and Green is now providing no-cost case evaluations. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to discuss your medical history with a member of our team.
Floxin and Fluoroquinolones: Popular Antibiotics Pose Potential Dangers
In March 2018, a peer-reviewed study published in The BMJ illustrated a strong link between an increased risk of aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm and prescription fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The FDA reviewed this research and reports of side effects they received. In December 2018, they issued a warning to doctors and patients: Do not use these antibiotics for those at an already increased risk of aortic aneurysm.
While they have had other issues with side effects in the past, fluoroquinolones continue to be the most popular antibiotics worldwide. On the market since the 1980s and early 1990s, they are a broad-spectrum treatment for bacterial infections.
The generic ofloxacin, approved in December of 1990, is just one member of this large family of antibiotics. Doctors prescribe this medication for:
- Staph infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases including gonorrhea and chlamydia
- Urinary tract infections
- Other bacterial infections
The brand name Floxin, an ofloxacin drug manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, has been discontinued. However, we may still be able to take legal action if you used them in the past and suffered complications.
Berger and Green Can Take Legal Action Against the Drug Company on Your Behalf
Federal law holds pharmaceutical companies to high standards when it comes to designing, manufacturing, and marketing safe antibiotics and other medications. If a drug proves to be dangerous, defective or improperly labeled, the company that makes it may be liable for any injuries it caused. Aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm are serious medical emergencies and may even cause death in some people.
If you took Floxin and later had an aortic dissection or aneurysm, you may be eligible to take legal action against Janssen Pharmaceuticals. You may be able to join others who suffered similar complications in a mass tort action or pursue compensation on your own. Call Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 for your no-cost case review.
With one of our floxin antibiotics lawsuit lawyers on your case, you can expect our team to:
- Answer your questions and address your concerns promptly
- Explain your rights under negligence and liability laws
- Help you understand your legal options and the status of your case
- Gather evidence to link your aortic aneurysm to the drug
- Collect all available documentation of your damages
Once we have a strong argument to show this potentially dangerous drug may have played a role in your aortic dissection or aneurysm, we can take legal action against the drug company. We may be able to reach a settlement agreement in your case, or we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
Recoverable Damages in a Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit
Because no cases related to an increased risk of aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm have made it to court as of March 2019, it is impossible to know how the evidence may stand up to scrutiny or the type of award — if any — a judge may grant. Of course, unless the courts consolidate many cases into a single mass tort, each case will be heard on its own merits anyway.
When we pursue compensation for you in a Floxin antibiotics lawsuit, we will seek damages for the expenses and losses you suffered related to your aortic aneurysm. This may include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Medical care and related expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket costs and miscellaneous losses related to your complications
- Pain and suffering damages
If your family member passed away after suffering an aortic aneurysm or dissection, you might be eligible to pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. A floxin antibiotics lawsuit lawyer can help you understand your rights, prove your case, and take legal action. Call us for your free case evaluation today.
Berger and Green Can Get Started Building a Solid Case for You Today
There is no pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) or other mass tort action against fluoroquinolone manufacturers related to aortic aneurysm as of March 2019, but it is still very early in the process. This does not mean we have time to wait to pursue your case. We need to get started as soon as possible to build a strong argument for compensation.
Each state has a statute of limitations that puts a firm deadline on how long we have to pursue this type of claim in civil court. If we do not file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company before the time limit expires, we most likely cannot take legal action in the future. We will act on your behalf now and can always join a mass tort if it occurs before your case reaches settlement or trial.
Talk to a Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit Attorney About Floxin Side Effects
If your doctor prescribed Floxin and you required emergency surgery for aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, or if your loved one died of an aortic dissection after taking the drug, Berger and Green is here for you. A floxin antibiotics lawsuit lawyer will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and may be able to take legal action on your behalf.
Call or text our defective drugs lawsuit team today at 412-661-1400. We can take on your case on a contingency fee basis. Our lawyers do not get paid unless you do.