Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a medical condition involving severe allergic reactions of the skin and mucous membrane. It is often linked to reactions with drugs such as Tylenol, Bextra, Motron, and other similar drugs. The condition can begin with flu-like symptoms, and may later progress into other symptoms, including:
- Painful rashes that spread
- Blisters and swelling
- Lesions of the gums, tongue, or lips
- Excessive tearing or stickiness of the eyes
- Shedding of the top layer of the skin
Some Stevens-Johnson Syndrome cases can be severe and may require hospitalization; some cases can be fatal, especially if there is an issue with a hypersensitivity reaction (especially those affecting the person’s breathing).
Who Can be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
Depending on the circumstances, various parties may be held liable for claims related to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. In some cases, the manufacturer of a drug or other medical product may be held liable if their product is found to be a cause of the syndrome. This is especially true if the cause of the medical condition is a defect with the product. An example of this is where there is a defect with the product’s warning labels, which fail to address risks associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. In such cases, the manufacturer might be held liable under a product liability theory of law.
In other instances, a medical professional such as a doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or other person may be held liable if their medical negligence or malpractice leads to a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome case. An example of this is where a doctor negligently prescribes a drug that has been recalled or that has been known to cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. In such cases, the medical professional may face a malpractice claim.
Are there any Legal Remedies for a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit?
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome claims can be complex and may require a lawsuit. Such legal cases typically result in a monetary damages award for the injured party. The damages may cover losses such as hospital bills, costs of surgery, additional medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs. In other cases, a class action may result if many persons have been injured from the same product.
In addition, a product recall can result if a particular drug or product poses a threat of injury to the public.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit?
Injury claims involving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome typically require the help of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with representation and can advise you during the process.