Fluoroquinolones, or FLQ’s are a group of synthetically-made antibiotics. They are used to treat a broad spectrum of symptoms and conditions such as pneumonia. Common FLQ brand names include Cipro and Levaquin. They work by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria through processes involved in their DNA.

While FLQ’s are popular and are frequently prescribed, they are also associated with specific risks, dangers, and side-effects such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Nerve damage
  • Specific conditions such as aortic aneurysm

What is the Current Legal Status of FLQ’s?

FLQ’s are currently legal and, like all medications, are subject to regulation. However one complaint with FLQ’s is that they typically do not contain proper warning mechanisms regarding the risks, especially for aortic aneurysm (bulging or possible bursting of aortic vessels).

The FDA is considering requiring increased warning protections on FLQ products. However, many groups are already considering FLQ’s to be associated with warning defect issues.

Who can be Held Liable for an FLQ Injury?

Liability for FLQ injuries and damaging side effects maybe attributable to various parties. These can include:

  • Nursing and hospital staff (these are often implicated in malpractice claims)
  • Doctors, physicians, and pharmacists (especially for a prescription or medication error)
  • Product manufacturers and distributors, especially for defective products

In many cases, an FLQ injury may result in a legal claim for damages. A damages award may be issued from the liable party to the injured party, to cover expenses and costs such as hospital expenses, additional medication expenses, and other costs like lost wages. Some FLQ lawsuits may be filed as class actions, especially for those stemming from broad warning label issues.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Fluoroquinolone Injury?

FLQ injuries can be serious, especially those that involve an aortic issue. You may need to hire a personal injury attorney in your area if you need assistance or legal representation for your claim. Your attorney can provide legal research to determine what your options are under the laws in your area. Also, your lawyer can guide you through the court process if you need to appear in court for meetings and hearings.