Antibiotic Nerve Damage Litigation Surges During First Month After MDL Established
During the first month after a panel of federal judges decided to consolidated all Levaquin lawsuits, Avelox lawsuits and Cipro lawsuits brought by individuals diagnosed with nerve damage from the antibiotics, the number of cases has more than doubled.
On August 17, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established coordinated pretrial proceedings for the antibiotic nerve damage litigation, centralizing cases brought throughout the country before U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim in the District of Minnesota, as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.
At that time, there were 78 cases pending in U.S. District Courts nationwide, each involving nearly identical allegations that the manufacturers of Levaquin, Cipro or Avelox failed to adequately warn consumers and the medical community about the risk that the popular antibiotics will cause peripheral neuropathy, resulting in permanent and disabling nerve damage.
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According to the latest case list (PDF) issued by the U.S. JPML on September 15, there are already at least 195 cases pending before Judge Tunheim in the MDL.
As antibiotic nerve injury lawyers continue to review and file cases for individuals throughout the U.S., it is ultimately expected that several thousand cases will be involved in the litigation.
Nerve Damage from Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro
Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro are all part of the same class of antibiotics, known as fluoroquinolones.
The cases stem from new warnings issued by the FDA in August 2013, which indicated that the antibiotics may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy, which may leave users with nerve damage that continues long after they stop using the drugs.
Prior warnings provided by the drug makers suggested that reports of nerve damage were rare and often resolved once the medications were no longer used.
Peripheral neuropathy side effects from the antibiotics may leave users with nerve damage that impairs sensation, movement and other aspects of health. This may leave users with persistent pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness and sensitivity to light touches, temperature and motion in the arms and legs, as well as other problems that cause a major disruption to daily activities.
Plaintiffs allege that the drug makers have known about the risk of long-term nerve damage from the antibiotics for years, yet provided false and misleading information to consumers and the medical community.
Given the similar questions of fact and law raised in the antibiotic nerve damage lawsuits, the litigation involving all fluoroquinolones has been centralized before one judge to reduce the risk of duplicative discovery into common issues, avoid conflicting pretrial orders from different courts and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the courts.
As part of the coordinated pretrial proceedings, it is expected that a small group of lawyers will be appointed to leadership positions in the litigation, coordinating discovery and taking certain actions that will benefit all plaintiffs. It is also likely that Judge Tunheim will schedule a series of early trial dates to help gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout a large number of different cases.
lindaOctober 22, 2015 at 11:54 pm
When ever I had and infection, whether it was cold, flu, urinary tract infection, doctors always prescribe me either cipro-or levaquin. I have been hospitalize n given cipro iv. these 4 times, in dated 6-29, 2005 thru 8-24-2005 for gallbladder surgeries. I have been on these drugs since the 1983 r longer. today I suffer with nerve damage, which they think is fibromylgia. I am in chronic pain every[Show More]When ever I had and infection, whether it was cold, flu, urinary tract infection, doctors always prescribe me either cipro-or levaquin. I have been hospitalize n given cipro iv. these 4 times, in dated 6-29, 2005 thru 8-24-2005 for gallbladder surgeries. I have been on these drugs since the 1983 r longer. today I suffer with nerve damage, which they think is fibromylgia. I am in chronic pain everyday. my nerve damage is so severe I need 2 more surgeries. I have been taking steroid injections for the last 10 years. This year alone I have 2 have 5 steroid injections and because of these injection its now ruining my kidneys. The pain in my body is so severe its unbearable. The none stop tingling in my neck & back w/numbness & tingling thru out my body, there was times I felt like I was having a stroke, but didn't. This pain makes one want 2 commit suicide. Because of all the pain I suffered daily my marriage fail, after 21 yrs because I couldn't be the wife I needed 2 be. Before the end of this year I was told I need surgery before the end of this year. Due to pain in my body pain I have burning, aching, trobbing, shooting, stabbing which radiates down 2 toes. I am due 2 have 2 more surgeries one in December then another 1 in may2016. I am terrified. Here I am thinking the antibiotic was all I needed. What scared me the most I nearly died. Then on top of it because of the severe numbness & tingling on my left side, I thought I was having a heart attack. Due 2 the steroid injection bc of the pain in my body, now my bones or deteriorating. Because of this I have 2 take something like Boniva once a month. Back in the 80's doctors believed in these drugs, and as patient we trust them. Now today my body is tore up 2 the floor up. lol . I have 2 laugh 2 keep from crying. I am so sorry for the many of us, who trusted the doctors that trust these pharmacy. Now My body is destroyed because of these 2 drugs. O did I mentioned the chronic fatigue that cause me 2 lose my job and marriage. Whats next? Help me please.
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