Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Lawsuit Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN). Patients who developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome may have claims against the manufacturers of certain medications or medical professionals after experiencing rashes and blisters that can lead to severe injury or death.

What Do We Know about Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Lawsuits?

SJS/TEN is a serious and potentially fatal syndrome that affects adults and children. It can result in severe burns, blindness, and other lifelong injuries. Lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals for failing to provide warnings about the risks of developing SJS/TEN or failing to properly diagnose or treat the condition.

Various medications, including barbiturates, penicillin, phenytoin, and sulfonamides can trigger SJS/TEN. Medications that have been implicated in lawsuits with respect to SJS/TEN include Levaquin, Dilantin, Accutane, Allopurinol, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics and Children’s Motrin. Anyone who is diagnosed with SJS/TEN may experience worsening symptoms if they are not treated or managed correctly. Without an accurate diagnosis, the rash caused by SJS can blister and leave open dangerous wounds.

  • In 2000, a 3-year-old girl named Brianna May took Children’s Motrin and Tylenol for a fever. Within days, she developed a severe skin reaction that burned and blistered her body and caused blindness in one eye. She was diagnosed with SJS.
  • A 78-year-old woman with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was treated with Levofloxacin for pneumonia. Two days after completing a 3-day regimen, she developed a rash that progressed into SJS/TEN.
  • In these cases, and others, patients may develop SJS/TEN as a result of negligence by medical professionals who do not recognize the symptoms of SJS/TEN or fail to treat it properly.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Injuries

SJS/TEN is a skin disorder that may initially present as flu like symptoms, but patients can deteriorate rapidly. This condition typically requires hospitalization. SJS/TEN begins when the skin and mucus membranes react to medication and lead to a painful, blistering rash that spreads throughout the body. The complications of this syndrome include sepsis, death, tissue damage to the eyes which may result in blindness, damage to the organs including the lungs, heart and kidneys, and destruction of the skin.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.

 Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and the FDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning to alert consumers about severe reactions linked to acetaminophen, including extreme skin reactions associated with SJS-TEN. The FDA required new warnings to be placed on all prescription medication labels that contain acetaminophen. The FDA’s action came after reviewing the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System database and the medical studies evaluating the link between skin reactions and acetaminophen.