Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Lawsuits
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or SJS, is a dangerous, potentially life-threatening skin disorder, most often caused by an allergic reaction to an over-the-counter or prescription drug. While SJS begins with mild flu-like symptoms, such as a sore throat and fever, it can progress rapidly and eventually cause the skin to blister and peel off. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, or TEN, is the most severe form of SJS. Although, SJS and TEN are relatively rare, both are serious medical conditions. About 5% of patients with SJS and up to 40% of patients with TEN, die from complications of the disease.
What Drugs Can Cause SJS and TEN?
SJS/TEN is most often caused by an allergic reaction to a particular drug. Some drugs commonly associated with SJS/TEN include:
- Antibiotics, like Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin
- Sulfa drugs and drugs that include sulfa, like Bactrim
- Acne medications, like Tetracycline and Accutane
- Cold medications and pain relievers, like Tylenol (Acetaminophen), NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like ibuprofen (Advil/ Motrin), and Tamiflu and Lamictal
- Seizure medications, like Tegretol, Dilantin and Depakote
- Gout medications, like Allopurinal
People with compromised immune systems, like those with lupus, the elderly and children, have a higher risk for developing SJS/TEN.
What Are the Symptoms of SJS and TEN?
The symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include:
- Flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever and burning eyes
- Red or purple skin rash
- Shedding of skin
- Skin pain
- Swelling of the tongue
- Swelling of the face
Who Might Be Liable in a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Lawsuit?
In many cases, patients diagnosed with SJS have injuries caused or worsened by the negligence of physicians, who are not properly trained to identify and treat SJS/TEN, or, who make medical errors in treating patients with SJS/TEN. And in some other cases, the manufacturers of drugs that can cause SJS/TEN, fail to provide adequate warnings to doctors and consumers of the risk that the patient may develop serious allergic reactions, like SJS and TEN. This failure often results in the patient continuing to take the medication and failing to seek medical treatment sooner. There have been numerous large settlements and jury verdicts in Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawsuits.
How Do I Know if I Have a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has recently taken an over-the-counter drug or prescription drug and you have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, and permanent injury or disfigurement, monetary awards can help to cover medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses, and/or funeral expenses. It is important that you have your case evaluated by a law firm that has experience and a proven track record in complex product liability lawsuits. Levy Konigsberg has decades of experience and a long history of successfully obtaining settlements and jury verdicts in product liability cases. If you have a potential SJS or TEN lawsuit, call the phone number on this screen now, or type and send the website form or have a live chat with us on this screen now.