Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawyers
Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawyers at our firm are familiar with multiple cases where individuals using common prescription or over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol® and Children's Motrin® have suffered from this rare yet very serious reaction. In some cases, these individuals were not warned of the possibility of Stevens-Johnson syndrome on medication labels and they may seek to hold drug makers responsible for their suffering and considerable damages.
What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare yet potentially fatal allergic reaction to medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Initially, SJS presents with flu-like symptoms, and these are followed by a painful, blistering rash which is red or purple in color. Open sores caused by the blisters leaves patients very vulnerable to infection, and the rash of SJS is so severe that patients are often treated in burn units in hospitals. The pain caused by the rash is such that patients have described it as feeling as though they were "burning from the inside out". If the SJS rash covers more than 30% of a patient's body, the condition has progressed to toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which is often fatal.
In addition to an excruciating rash, long recovery period, and potential scarring, individuals diagnosed with SJS or TEN may also face:
- Hearing loss
- Organ failure
SJS may be caused by Medications
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is such a rare condition that many people are not even aware it exists. Additionally, not all medication labels warn of the possibility of SJS or TEN as a reaction to medication, so users of these drugs may not be aware that their symptoms are linked to a serious condition until essential treatments have been postponed and their lives are at risk.
Medications which have been associated with SJS and TEN include:
- Children's Motrin®
- Children's Advil®
- Children's Tylenol®
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit Information
While this is not always the case, SJS is often the result of an allergic reaction to medication. Recently, a number of individuals who have suffered from SJS or TEN have opted to file personal injury lawsuits against the makers of a medication which caused this reaction. Because Stevens-Johnson syndrome is so rare, some medications do not even warn of this reaction on their labels. Victims claim that if they had been warned of the potential for Stevens-Johnson syndrome, they may have recognized the condition earlier and stopped use of the medication that caused it—and they would have known to seek prompt medical attention before their conditions worsened.
Our Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawyers can investigate SJS lawsuits on behalf of patients and their families and help them pursue full and just compensation for their suffering and damages, as well as future expenses and challenges related to this condition. If you believe you may have grounds for a Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawsuit, please contact us for a free consultation today.
How can a SJS Lawyer Help You?
Our Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawyers are available to investigate lawsuits on behalf of patients who have suffered from the painful and debilitating condition. We may be able to help you recover compensation for the losses you’ve incurred and any challenges you continue to face.
Causes of SJS
Most cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are caused by a reaction to a medication. Certain sulfa antibiotics, barbiturates, anticonvulsants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) have been linked to cases of the life-threatening disease.