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Antibiotics And Tendon Rupture Lawsuits
A powerful class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones has been linked to severe tendon injuries. If you suffered tendon damage or a complete tendon rupture after a course of antibiotics, you may be entitled to compensation.
Fluoroquinolones are used to treat serious, resilient infections. They function differently than most antibiotics. Rather than directly attacking harmful bacteria, fluoroquinolones prevent bacteria from reproducing. This causes their numbers to gradually deteriorate until the infection disappears.
Cipro and Levanquin are the two most common types of fluoroquinolones. However, drugs are distributed under many different names, and many patients do not realize they are taking a fluoroquinolone until they suffer an injury. You may have been prescribed a fluoroquinolone to treat any of the following conditions:
- Urinary tract infections
- Infections acquired in a hospital, such as MRSA
Side Effects Of Fluoroquinolones
The FDA recently issued what is known as a black box warning, cautioning patients about the risk of tendon damage. This is the FDA's strongest warning and is reserved for extreme cases. The FDA issued this warning after receiving evidence showing that fluoroquinolones have caused all of the following injuries:
- Ruptured Achilles tendons
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Tendonitis in various joints
This information has only recently surfaced, so your doctor may not realize that your antibiotics caused your injuries. Fortunately, class action lawsuits are forming to target the companies that manufacture these drugs. You may be entitled to a free expert evaluation and a consultation with an attorney. If you qualify for membership in the class, there will be no upfront payment. Your attorney will not collect payment unless you receive compensation.
Contact A Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical treatment is complicated and tendon damage is often difficult to accurately diagnose. If you suffered an injury after taking an antibiotic, do not attempt to determine for yourself whether you have a valid case. Only a qualified medical malpractice attorney can accurately assess whether a defective antibiotic caused your injuries. If you suffered tendon damage, stop paying for your injuries out of your own pocket and call an attorney today.