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Stevens Johnson Syndrome Lawsuits: Skin On Fire

Medicine can help us, but it can also harm us. There’s a good reason why drug infomercials rattle off a long list of possible side effects. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want to be held liable when drugs damage a person’s health. Unfortunately, drugs harm patients more often than we’d like to believe. Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a leading cause of death in the USA. They take fourth place, after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Each year, ADRs cause about 100,000 deaths. One devastating and sometimes deadly reaction to medicine is called Stevens Johnson Syndrome..

It is a serious condition that starts with flu-like symptoms and progresses to painful rashes, swelling, and blisters. Sometimes, pharmaceutical companies or doctors are to blame. When that happens, patients may recover large amounts through Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits. 

Are you a survivor of Stevens Johnson Syndrome? Do you believe a drug company or doctor’s mistake caused your condition? Call Hampton & King today to discuss your case at no cost to you. 

Medication interaction in hospital.

Facts About Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Stevens Johnson Syndrome is much more than a simple skin disorder. It’s a debilitating and sometimes life-threatening condition. Patients are often placed in medical comas because it’s so painful. 

Severe cases of SJS are called toxic epidermal necrolysis, or TEN. One TEN survivor described his ordeal as feeling like his skin was “on fire”. He was in the burn intensive care unit (ICU) for a little over a month. He had to have dozens of pig skin grafts. 

The good news is that this syndrome is rare. The bad news? Because it’s rare, many doctors don’t know much about it. This kicks the door wide open for them to make mistakes. In many Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits, doctors mistook SJS for a harmless allergic reaction. They delayed proper treatment because they didn’t diagnose it in time. 

Speaking of diagnosis, SJS might not actually be rare, but underdiagnosed. In many Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits, a late diagnosis caused irreparable harm. Some doctors continued to prescribe the offending medication even though it was causing SJS.

Here are some more quick facts about SJS and Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits: 

  • Medications are the main cause of Stevens Johnson Syndrome. They cause about 75% of cases. Vaccines may lead to SJS as well. 
  • Certain diseases, and viral infections like HIV, herpes, and pneumonia can also cause SJS. 
  • The main symptoms of SJS are flu-like symptoms, hives, blisters, skin shedding and pain, rash, and swelling of the face and tongue. 
  • A person’s genetic makeup may determine whether they have a higher risk for developing SJS. 
  • SJS can cause long-lasting and permanent health issues. These include vision loss, scarring, disfigurement, organ failure, and even death. 
  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits have recovered large amounts, often in the millions. 

Common Medications That Cause SJS

Can a simple pain reliever like Tylenol really cause a life-threatening rash? Yes, if it happens to be the catalyst for setting off SJS in a person’s body. In fact, pain relievers are on the list of drugs associated with SJS. 

Drugs that have been the subject of Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits or caused SJS:

  • Pain relievers like Tylenol and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Advil 
  • Antibiotics: Penicillin, Amoxicillin
  • Drugs to treat seizures (Depakote, Dilantin)
  • Sedatives, like Phenobarbital
  • Drugs that include sulfa, such as Bactrim
  • Acne medications: Tetracycline, Accutane
  • Cold medications: Tamiflu, Lamictal
  • Drugs to treat gout, like Allopurinol
  • Padcev
  • Bextra and Celebrex (Cox-2 inhibitors)

When Should I File A Stevens Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit?

The best time to file a Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit is as soon as possible. You can’t sue after the statute of limitations for your state has passed. For many states, the limit is two years after you were injured. 

If you or a loved one is a survivor of SJS and you believe a doctor’s negligence is to blame, contact a Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit lawyer. This type of lawyer specializes in complicated medical malpractice cases. 

Lawyers pursue Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit for victim.

Who Is Liable In A Stevens Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit?

Your SJS attorney will help you determine who is liable in your Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit, and what damages you may recover. 

  • The doctor. A doctor might prescribe the wrong medicine, leading to SJS. Or they might fail to diagnose SJS and suspend the drug. 
  • The hospital. A hospital may be at fault if it fails to transfer a SJS patient for treatment. 
  • Pharmaceutical company. When can you hold a pharmaceutical company liable in a Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit? When they don’t include adequate warnings on their products. Sometimes drug manufacturers don’t tell doctors and patients about possible risks. Patients might continue to take the drug, not knowing it’s causing SJS. 

If you suspect foul play in your SJS diagnosis, don’t hesitate to contact Hampton & King. You may recover damages to cover medical bills through a Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit. Monetary awards can also compensate for pain and suffering, lost wages, and funeral expenses. Begin the lawsuit process by sending us a message here.