Illinois Plaintiff Alleges Permanent Injuries in Levaquin Case
Illinois resident Jerzy Tyszkowski filed a legal complaint against Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on January 18, 2013. His Levaquin lawyer filed the personal injury/products liability claim in the Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois.
According to court documents, the defendants sold and distributed a defective drug known as Levaquin without adequate warning of its adverse side effects, which caused the plaintiff to suffer permanent injuries after he took the medication for a period of time.
Allegations raised by Levaquin lawyer
As detailed in the lawsuit, plaintiff Tyszkowski developed severe orthopedic, gastrointestinal, neurological, visual and renal complications as a proximate result of ingesting one 500 mg tablet of Levaquin each day from October 18-22, 2010. The plaintiff alleges he had no knowledge that the causes of his symptoms and injuries were related to the antibiotic until a January 2011 visit with a neurological surgeon, who connected his conditions with Levaquin use. The Illinois man further contends that his dysfunctions persisted for a very long time, with some still present today.
Also known by its generic name levofloxacin, Levaquin is an antibiotic commonly prescribed for infections relating to the urinary tract, kidney, prostate and dermis, in addition to illnesses like pneumonia and bronchitis. In 2008, manufacturers included a black box warning on the harmful side effects of the drug such as tendon ruptures and tears, prompting scores of patients to link their orthopedic injuries with the medication. Since then, thousands of plaintiffs like Tyszkowski have sought legal recourse, in the hopes of securing jury awards of out-of-court settlements as compensation for their pain and suffering. In this recent case, the victim’s Levaquin lawyer levels counts of negligence, strict liability and breach of express warranty. Tyszkowski’s wife also charges loss of consortium.
Levaquin lawsuits share similar complaints
Individuals who have taken legal action and filed Levaquin lawsuits hold the drug manufacturer liable for injuries that have allegedly been caused by the powerful antibiotic. Rotator cuff tears, tendon injuries, liver damage and neuromuscular disorders are common complaints among the more than 3,000 claims filed in state and federal court rooms throughout the nation.
This past October, an estimated 845 plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings in Minnesota federal court have negotiated Levaquin settlements with the defendants thus far. Ongoing settlement discussions are in the works with hundreds of other plaintiffs who claim Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the risks of tendon damage, particularly in elderly patients.
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