Please Note: Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is no longer accepting Cipro Lawsuits. If you feel that you may have a potential case, we urge you to contact another law firm adequately suited to handle your case.
The antibiotic Cipro has been linked to tendon injuries and nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). These injuries can cause severely painful, debilitating, and permanent health complications — especially for older patients.
Cipro and Peripheral Neuropathy
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone class. It is manufactured by Bayer and has been on the market since 1987. In 2011, 70% of people who received a prescription for a fluoroquinolone antibiotic received Cipro.
Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics were associated with peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) in 2004. Unfortunately, warnings were not strong enough. The FDA received reports of patients who were continued on the drug despite developing symptoms of nerve damage.
In 2013, the FDA published a Drug Safety Communication to emphasize that nerve damage from Cipro can occur rapidly and the symptoms may last for months, years, or permanently.
Peripheral neuropathy from Cipro typically causes symptoms in the arms and legs. These symptoms may occur within a matter of days. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. You may need to stop taking Cipro, but do not do so before first talking to your doctor.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain or temperature
Cipro and Tendon Damage – Black Box Warning
In July 2008, the FDA warned that Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics could increase the risk of injury to the tendons, which are fibrous tissues that connect bones and muscles.
Cipro has carried warnings about tendon injuries for years, but the FDA continued to receive reports of safety problems. The FDA added a “Black Box” — the strongest warning label. The risk is highest for patients over 60 years of age, patients taking corticosteroids, and recipients of a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.
Tendon injuries linked to Cipro include:
- Tendinitis: Tendon inflammation
- Tendon rupture: Ripped or torn tendon
What is the problem?
Schmidt & Clark, LLPis nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, our Defective Drug Litigation Group is not filing a Cipro class action. Instead, we are evaluating individual legal claims and filing lawsuits on behalf of people with severe injuries, including nerve damage, tendinitis, tendon rupture, and more.
About Class Actions
A class action is a type of lawsuit in which a group of people with similar legal claims joins together and sues another party. Members of the class action consolidate their individual claims into one lawsuit, select a “class representative,” and collectively argue for compensation on behalf of the entire group.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Cipro Class Action
Class actions can have disadvantages for individuals with severe injuries. Members may have to accept higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball settlement.” The outcome of most class actions depends on one member, which means most members never get to see their individual case tried before a judge and jury in a court of law.
At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we understand that many of our clients have suffered devastating losses to their physical, emotional, and financial health. We file individual lawsuits because we believe every victim of a defective drug deserves a personal legal representative who is dedicated to their case.
We specialize in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for their actions. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we may be able to help you seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, permanent disability, and more. We typically work on contingency fee, which means we invest our money in your case and you never pay a fee unless we win.