A recent Levaquin lawsuit that was filed by a resident of New York is asking for a whopping $90 million in damages after the plaintiff claimed that his tendon injuries (Levaquin-related) caused him to suffer from severe pain, suffering and huge medical expenses.
Frank Annibell’s Levaquin lawsuit was filed on December 29, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is claiming that the controversial antibiotic “caused him severe physical injury due to a tendon rupture.” Annibell’s claim asserts nine causes of action against the makers of Levaquin, Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceutical. Of the causes of action, negligence, strict products liability, fraud and breach of implied and express warranties were listed.
Kathleen Annibell, Frank’s wife, is also a plaintiff in the case. Kathleen’s lawsuit is claiming she suffered from a loss of consortium. Each claim that the plaintiffs have made against the defendants was amounted to $10 million each, making the total amount of the lawsuit reach $90 million. However, even with the case having been filed in New York, it has been transferred to the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, which is overseeing the Levaquin MDL.
As for the side effects suffered by Frank, the injuries include “bicep tendonitis, a partial tear of the common forearm extensor, and a right rotator cuff.” Annibell has requested a jury hear the case. This lawsuit is just one in a string of other lawsuits that claim that consumers and healthcare professionals weren’t properly warned of the severe adverse side effects linked to Levaquin, which is used to treat various types of infections including bronchial and sinus infections. One such lawsuit was filed by former plaintiff John Schedin, who won $1.8 million in 2011. That ruling was upheld on appeal and left future plaintiffs hoping to have the same experience Schedin had. That is certainly a possibility since there is plenty of evidence to substantiate the Levaquin side effects claims.