Levaquin Side Effects Lawsuit Filed in New York Shifts to Minnesota
On January 24, 2012, New York resident William Frank Jr. filed one of the many Levaquin side effects lawsuits currently proceeding in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized all federal Levaquin tendon rupture lawsuits in Minnesota under Judge John R. Tunheim on June 13, 2008.
The plaintiff claims injuries stemming from Levaquin side effects and claims the defendants, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, actively concealed test results, published studies, and clinical trials showing a statistically high risk of tendon injuries associated with Levaquin.
Plaintiff’s claims similar to other Levaquin tendon rupture lawsuits
According to his Levaquin lawyer, Frank Jr. started taking Levaquin around March 7, 2010, and shortly thereafter, around April 14, 2010, was diagnosed with Levaquin side effects—namely, a left supraspinatus tendon rupture in his left shoulder.
The supraspinatus tendon rupture is more commonly called a rotator cuff tear. The arm is kept in the shoulder socket by the rotator cuff, which is a network of four muscles that attache the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade.
Plaintiffs filing Levaquin tendon rupture lawsuits claiming injuries like the supraspinatus tendon rupture often experience symptoms like pain in the affected shoulder, weakness when lifting or rotating the arm, and a crackling sensation when moving the shoulder in certain positions.
Levaquin side effects lawsuit cites “dear doctor” letters
Though the FDA did implement a Levaquin side effects warning concerning tendon injuries in 2008, two years before the plaintiff began taking the medication, the plaintiff claims that the defendants made no attempts to educate U.S. physicians about the risks. Though Dear Doctor letters had been widely disseminated throughout Europe warning about Levaquin side effects—by, for example, the Italian Health Ministry, and France’s regulatory authority—no such letters were sent in the U.S.
Plaintiff Frank Jr. also states in his Levaquin side effects lawsuit that promotional material distributed by the defendants “consistently omits the risk of tendon injury.”
Plaintiff’s Levaquin lawyer seeks compensation
Plaintiff Frank Jr. seek compensation for injuries allegedly caused by Levaquin side effects, as well as for medical expenses, rehabilitation and/or home health care, lost income, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.