ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN ANTIBIOTIC RETINAL DETACHMENT LAWSUIT?

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There are now an increasing number of lawsuits being filed by victims of retinal detachments caused by the use of a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. A well-publicized study by Canadian health officials has generated media headlines and genuine medical concerns about the dangers that these antibiotics can cause certain patients. The scale of the problem is immense. These antibiotics are used to treat many types of bacterial infections and are so widely prescribed that an estimated 40 million prescriptions for them were written last year.

If you’ve suffered the following symptoms while taking these antibiotics you may have been affected and if you suffered a retinal detachment that required surgery to repair, you may be eligible to join in this class action lawsuit and seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered as well as medical expenses and other costs.

These are the most common symptoms. If you are experiencing these now you should seek medical attention as soon as possible:

  • Wiggly lines
  • Dots
  • Shadows
  • Floating particles

 

If you’ve suffered these symptoms and have had a retinal detachment as a result of using antibiotics you may be eligible to file a detached retina lawsuit. Please contact our attorneys as soon as possible for a free consultation. Our experienced team of lawyers and legal staff are well versed in the laws involved in defective drugs and are prepared to aggressively pursue all of the legal options that may be available to you.

WHY ARE ANTIBIOTICS CAUSING RETINAL DETACHMENTS?

A class of antibiotics that are widely prescribed to teat numerous types of bacterial infections is putting some patients at serious risk of suffering eye problems that can lead to blindness.  The results of a recent study by Canadian medical researchers that encompassed more than a million patients showed that fluoroquinolone antibiotics are toxic to the body’s connective tissues and cartilage and pose a particular risk of causing retinal detachments.

The findings, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed previous studies of this type of antibiotics and raised an alarming statistic: Ophthalmologists treating patients in emergency rooms for retinal detachments found that patients who had been taking these antibiotics were suffering from this problem at a rate five times higher than those not taking the antibiotics.

In addition, fluoroquinolones have also been associated with several other eye problems, including retinal hemorrhages, corneal perforations and optic neuropathy, which raise serious health concerns. In the case of the retinal detachments, the initial symptoms include what are called "floaters," or lines, dots and shadows showing up in the patient’s field of vision.

Eye problems associated with these antibiotics have caused numerous victims to file lawsuits seeking compensation for the injuries they have suffered, medical expenses incurred and other costs, including lost wages. Legal experts say that in reviewing these lawsuits there are allegations of negligence on the part of drug manufacturers who have not provided consumers or government health regulators with any warning information about these dangerous side effects. Many of these victims are taking advantage of free consultations that are being offered by these lawyers as they gather evidence on behalf of clients seeking to file antibiotic retinal detachment lawsuits.

Medical officials said that while the problem is serious, only a small percentage of patients suffer the problem, about 1 in every 2,500 users of fluoroquinolones. Consumer advocates said that even that small a percentage means that many patients are at risk because it is estimated that about 40 million such prescriptions are written in the United States each year and that means there could be several thousand victims annually.

Antibiotics, while proving a godsend in the treatment of many bacterial issues, also can have some unwanted side effects and not a safe drug for every patient. Several consumer organizations and medical researchers claim the drugs are overprescribed.

"These are powerful antibiotics, so they should only be used in patients who really need them, as many studies show they are inappropriately prescribed," lead researcher Dr. Mahyar Etminan, an assistant professor of medicine at the Child and Family Research Institute of British Columbia in Vancouver, told U.S. News and World Report. "Patients who experience floaters or flashes of light in their visual field while taking these drugs should see an ophthalmologist to prevent possible retinal detachment," he added. "Since this condition is serious and may lead to severe loss of visual acuity or even blindness, patients taking these drugs should be familiar with these signs," he said.

WHAT IS RETINAL DETACHMENT?

The retina plays a key role in vision and is a thin layer of light-sensitive material that is located on the back wall of the eye. We’ve all seen comparisons of the eye to a camera and the retina is sensitive to light much the same as film is. These images are then relayed to the brain instantaneously for analysis.

 Retinal detachment is a serious eye disorder caused by the retina pulling apart from the support tissue underneath it. The problem begins with a partial detachment but if a victim does not seek proper medical attention the disorder may expand to a complete detachment which can cause loss of vision and/or blindness. This is a serious health problem that should not be ignored and immediate attention should be paid to it. The condition can lead to blindness in a very short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE ANTIBIOTICS AT RISK?

Among the named brands that are in the class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones are some of the most prescribed medications on pharmacy shelves. They include: Cipro, Levaquin, Tequin, Maxaquin, Avelox, Factive, Floxin, Noroxin, Penetrex, Zagam, as well as any other antibiotic that contains the words "flox" or "ox" in the generic name, such as ciprofloxacin, levafloxacin and gatifloxacin.

Some ophthalmic and otic (ear) drops solutions contain FQ's such as: Chibroxin(norfloxacin), Ocuflox(ofloxacin), Quixin(levofloxacin), Zymar(gatifloxacin), Ciloxan(ciprofloxacin), Floxin Otic (ofloxacin), Cipro Otic (ciprofloxacin), Vigamox(moxifloxacin), CiproHC.

 

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