December 13, 2010 – On top of this year’s extensive recalls, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $1.8 million in damages for “failure to warn” in a case regarding the harmful side effects of Levaquin. The drug Levaquin by Johnson & Johnson is intended for use as an antibiotic that is only available with a prescription. Recently, Levaquin has been shown to cause severe tendon damage.
Injuries caused by Levaquin use include:
- tendon damage;
- tendon injury;
- Achilles tendon rupture;
- Achilles tendonitis;
- rotator cuff injury;
- biceps injury;
- hand injury; and
- thumb injury.
The injuries could be incapacitating, could cause permanent damage and are likely to rack up incredibly high medical bills. Johnson & Johnson has failed to recall, label or otherwise sufficiently warn consumers of the dangers associated with this product. The trial jury has fined Johnson & Johnson $1.8 million for this failure. $1.1 million of that sum is for punitive damages alone. Punitive damages do not often dramatically exceed the actual damage award. Only when a crime or negligent act is seen as greatly offensive does a jury award such disproportionally high punitive damage. This verdict was reached after nearly 3 weeks of testimony.
Contacting a New York Defective Drug Lawyer
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