Living in the 21st century, we are fortunate enough to have access to drugs that can change our lives. Taking an antibiotic can cure a bacterial illness, just as taking ibuprofen can wipe away a headache and allow us to get on with our day. Unfortunately, sometimes the medications that are supposed to help us end up doing exactly the opposite.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious condition that typically develops as a reaction to certain medications. If you or your loved one developed this condition after taking certain medications, you might be eligible to pursue compensation with the help of a seasoned malpractice attorney. A Stamford Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna can review what happened to you and help you determine whether to pursue a legal claim.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a serious condition. It typically starts with a rash. It can then cause a fever, sore throat, headache, and respiratory infection. The rash usually develops around a patient’s mouth and throat and on their eyelids. The Stevens Johnson Syndrome rash can quickly escalate to blisters, lesions, and open sores. Many patients need to receive treatment in burn centers for their damaged skin. The loss of skin can cause severe infections, internal organ damage, and blindness. With early medical detection, patients have the best chance of lessening their chances of long-term complications and fully recovering. Sadly, the condition can turn fatal when the lesions reach the internal organs.
A Stevens Johnson Syndrome attorney can help Stamford patients determine their eligibility for compensation. In the unfortunate event of a family member’s untimely death, a compassionate legal team could help their surviving loved ones pursue justice in a wrongful death claim.
While many different types of drugs can cause the syndrome, most commonly, patients develop Stevens Johnson Syndrome after taking the following types of over-the-counter or prescription medicine:
People who develop this condition are generally highly allergic to certain medications. Most commonly, the condition develops in adults between the ages of 20 and 40, but it can develop in people of any age. If someone took certain painkillers or antibiotics and developed SJS symptoms, they should meet with a Stamford lawyer to see if they could have a viable legal claim.
People who develop Stevens Johnson Syndrome after taking certain drugs might have grounds to file a lawsuit because they were unaware of the risks due to insufficient warning labels on the pill bottles. Pharmaceutical manufacturers should have notified consumers of the potential dangers of developing this condition. Because there were inadequate warnings, some patients continued to take the medication even after developing symptoms. They did not know that the symptoms were related to the drugs. A seasoned Stamford attorney can help Stevens Johnsons Syndrome patient pursue a claim against the drug’s manufacturers for failing to adequately warn them of the risks.
Developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome can be terrifying. In addition to experiencing physical pain and symptoms, you might also experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. You might be overwhelmed with medical and other expenses.
If you developed this syndrome after taking medicine, contact a Stamford Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawyer to review your legal options. Our experienced team at Berkowitz Hanna understands how to handle these cases and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call today to set up your free initial consultation.