What is Levaquin?

Levaquin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit. It is approved to treat a wide array of bacterial infections, ranging from pneumonia to certain sexually transmitted diseases.

What is the Levaquin litigation about?

Hundreds of Levaquin lawsuits have recently been filed in U.S. courts on behalf of individuals who allegedly developed peripheral neuropathy – a potentially debilitating form of nerve damage – while using the medication. Many of these claims have been centralized in a federal multidistrict litigation currently underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, along with similar cases involving Avelox and Cipro.

A number of Levaquin lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm related to its use.

Have there been any Levaquin Settlements?

Yes.  At one time, Johnson & Johnson was facing more than 3,700 lawsuits involving Levaquin and tendon ruptures. Many of those cases were also centralized in the District of Minnesota in a separate multidistrict litigation. By May 2014, all but about 340 of those claims had been settled.

What does the FDA have to say about Levaquin?

While Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones remain on the market, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings in recent years regarding the association between these antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy, as well as tendon ruptures. In May 2016, the FDA also warned that in most cases, the risks associated with fluoroquinolones outweighed their benefits for patients with certain uncomplicated infections. The agency acted after a review confirmed that fluoroquinolones intended for systemic use are associated with serious and potentially disabling complications involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system. These side effects can occur simultaneously, and they may be permanent.

What will it cost to have a Bernstein Liebhard Levaquin attorney evaluate my potential Levaquin lawsuit?

A Levaquin attorney at our firm will evaluate and review your potential Levaquin case  for free.

How much will it cost me if a Levaquin attorney at Bernstein Liebhard agrees to take my case?

If a Levaquin attorney at Bernstein Liebhard agrees to take your case, you will generally pay nothing unless there is a recovery. If there is a recovery, whether by settlement, jury verdict or some other alternative dispute resolution procedure, Bernstein Liebhard will ordinarily receive a percentage of that total recovery. The fee arrangement is clearly set out in a retainer agreement between the client and the firm. A Levaquin attorney would be happy to review this agreement with you.

If you take my case, what will I have to do?

If we take your case, you will be a significant part of our team.  We will ask you to help us gather the information that will be used to support your case.  You will need to keep us informed about your medical treatment and physical condition.  Additionally, you may have to be evaluated by other doctors and may have to be deposed.  If your case does not settle, you may have to be present for the trial.

When should I file my lawsuit?

Every state has a “statute of limitations,” which gives individuals a certain amount of time to file a  case.  Some states require that any potential claim be filed within a set time after the injury occurred.  Other states start the clock running once the connection between the injury and potential cause can be reasonably established.  Any lawsuit arising from an injury must be filed within the certain time limit or the injured person’s legal claim will be barred and the right to sue will be lost forever.

One of the first things a Levaquin attorney will do in investigating your potential claim is research statute of limitations issues.

Can I talk to you about my case for free?

Yes.  If you want to talk to a Levaquin lawyer about a case, just call on the phone and ask.  After you have answered a few basic questions with one of our staff members, we will be happy to discuss your case for free.

How long will my lawsuit take?

Even though many cases settle before trial, this does not usually happen until both sides have prepared the case.  Generally, lawsuits take about two years from filing to trial.  This can vary significantly based on the complexity of your case, the congestion of court dockets, and various other factors.

Our best advice is to be patient and to give a Levaquin attorney at our firm a call if you have any questions.  We are always willing to tell you exactly what is happening with your case.  In the meantime, you can trust that we are working hard for you.

Why should you I choose a Levaquin attorney at Bernstein Liebhard to represent me in my potential case?

Since 1993, Bernstein Liebhard has successfully represented consumers and shareholders against large multi-national corporations, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, consumer product manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, hospitals, airlines, and other negligent organizations.  Our attorneys have handled hundreds of cases on behalf of injured consumers and shareholders, recovering almost $3 billion for our clients.  Our mass tort cases have been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and Court Radio. The firm is recognized as one of the top plaintiffs’ litigation firms in the country and achieved significant reforms on behalf of our clients.  For example, The National Law Journal has named the firm, for nine consecutive years, as one of the top plaintiffs’ litigation firms in the country – an achievement that only two other law firms have matched.  The firm has also received the respected legal guide Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ratings for legal ability (A) and ethical standards (V).

Published November 17, 2011 by