Pharmaceutical companies are the target of many lawsuits for one simple reason: the products that they make, although beneficial for the most part, can cause serious injury. Antibiotics like Levaquin are so powerful that their misuse and even recommended use can cause personal injury and even death. Drug manufacturers need to be held accountable when the products they make contribute to injury or death. Lawsuits are the primary protection for the average consumer.
Levaquin is a powerful antibiotic used to kill the usually tough strains of bacteria that cause various systemic infections, including:
- Skin infection
- Urinary tract infection
- Respiratory tract infection
The company that manufactures Levaquin recommends that it only be used when the infection being treated is truly a bacterial infection, it does not work against viral infections. Doctors who prescribe Levaquin as a “just in case” measure may be deemed medically negligent if they fail to determine the cause of an illness.
One of the leading problems Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics causes is ruptured tendons. A patient undergoing a course of Levaquin treatment should be closely monitored for the following signs of problem:
- Tenderness and pain
- Inflammation of a tendon
The most commonly-affected tendon is the Achilles, which requires surgery to fix, putting the patient at that much greater risk. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of personal injury or prolonged injury due to the misapplication of Levaquin, you may be able to be compensated for proven damages.