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I took Levofloxacin and am apparently in the "collateral damage" section of those injured by the drug. Is there a way that I would be considered for compensation?

Asked by user in Maryland.

I wanted to know if the black box warning was mandatory because my prescription did not have a black box warning but did in very small letters have all the possible side effects listed. I never would have even understood what the tendon issues were meaning even after reading it. I was not told anything by my pharmacist either. Is there a way that I would be considered for compensation since I have had and continue to have injury from the drug?

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

I'm sorry to hear that you were injured from a pharmaceutical. Every drug comes with side-effects and affects different people in different ways. In order to have a successful claim for an injury, you'd have to prove that the drug was defective — in other words, the company was negligent in producing, labeling, marketing, or distributing the product. In addition, you need to prove that your injury was caused by the drug.

Remember that correlation does not equal causation. In other words, you might have begun to experience tendon issues while taking the drug or shortly thereafter, but that alone doesn't necessarily prove that your tendon issues were because of the drug. Based on your symptoms and medical history, your doctor should be able to provide more insight into the cause of your issues.

The first step is to ask your doctor whether they think it’s possible that your tendon issues could have been caused by the Levofloxacin. The next step is to seek a pharmaceutical defect lawyer who can provide more insight. You might consider using the Enjuris law firm directory to find a lawyer in your area who can help. I hope you feel better soon!

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