Thursday, October 16, 2014

Finding And Working With An Attorney: Guest Blog written for Clarkson Law Firm

*Written by Quinolone Vigilance Foundation Executive Director Rachel Brummert for Clarkson Law Firm.

Finding and Working With A Levaquin, Cipro, or Avelox Nerve Damage Attorney (Guest Blog by QVF Executive Director Rachel Brummert)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a stricter peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) warning on fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox on August 14, 2013.  This additional warning opened the door for lawsuits against the makers of these drugs for product liability, failure to warn, negligence, and other causes of action.


In March 2014, Quinolone Vigilance Foundation (QVF) connected with Clarkson Law Firm, where owner Ryan Clarkson had been preparing lawsuits on behalf of patients who developed peripheral neuropathy after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.  Mr. Clarkson had realized the injustice and agreed to take on cases referred by QVF.  In August 2014, the first round of lawsuits was filed on behalf of fluoroquinolone nerve damage victims.

For those who have developed nerve damage from taking Levaquin, Cipro, or Avelox, we have some tips when considering retaining an attorney.

Finding An Attorney:

1. Personal referrals: Referrals are a great resource in finding an attorney.

2. Business referrals: Consider contacting a non-profit organization for a referral. Non-profits often work with a variety of professionals within their field of expertise.

3. Interview the attorney you are considering representing you.  Many factors go into the decision to retain an attorney such as personality, how long it takes them to return calls, and their willingness to work with you and include you. You want a lawyer who will work hard on your behalf and follow through. Ask about their background and experience in handling cases like yours, and ask how you could reach them after hours if the need arises. Be sure that you are comfortable with the lawyer that you choose because you will be working closely together until your case resolves.

4. If an attorney cannot take your case, it is not personal. There are many criteria that factor into whether a case can go forward or not.

5. Contact the American Bar Association. The ABA can help you find an attorney and also provide information about whether the lawyer you choose is a member in good standing.

Working With An Attorney:
1. Be sure that the lawyer you work with has the same goals and that expectations are realistic.

2. Working with an attorney is a two-way street; it is important to work together on your case.

3. Be sure that you provide the lawyer with all the information and documents necessary to understand and properly prepare your case.

4. Be sure you provide information about any new developments that take place on your case, even if you think it could be harmful or you think it’s unimportant. It could be important to your lawyer.
Quinolone Vigilance Foundation has referred many clients to Mr. Clarkson. He was interviewed extensively and he makes himself available to answer questions and concerns.  He has the knowledge and experience to continue carrying the flag forward on peripheral neuropathy cases.

For more information on fluoroquinolone-induced peripheral neuropathy, please visit our website at

Rachel Brummert
President/Executive Director
Quinolone Vigilance Foundation


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