A Stevens-Johnson syndrome/Motrin lawsuit has finally progressed to a verdict for one Pennsylvania family. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 13-year-old Brianna Maya, who developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) after taking Children’s Motrin in 2000 when she was just 3 years old.
As a result of the SJS, her family sued the drug’s manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson’s, a division of McNeil. Brianna’s condition occurred when she was given Children’s Motrin as a treatment for a cough and fever. The girl suffered from a severe allergic reaction to the popular painkiller, causing the girl to suffer from life-threatening burn-like blisters all over her skin, eye infections, lung damage and permanent blindness.
As a result of her injuries, her family filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Brianna is now 13, and she is still suffering from SJS side effects, including:
- She is blind in one eye and has corneal scarring in both eyes, as well as recurring eye infections
- She is constantly having eye surgeries just to keep her vision
- Permanent facial disfigurement
- Disfigured body after 84 percent of her skin was burned
- Permanent lung damage, including a 50 percent loss of lung capacity with recurring lung infections and pneumonia
- Brain damage and recurring seizures
- Internal scarring which caused her permanent loss of her reproductive system
It only took the jury 10 hours of deliberation before Johnson & Johnson lost the case. The $10 million in damages was said to cover $2.5 million in medical expenses plus pain and suffering. Johnson & Johnson was held liable for her injuries and failing to properly give warning of Children’s Motrin’s link to SJS and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, even after Tylenol and Motrin (children and adult versions) were linked to SJS and TENS in various studies.
If you or your child has suffered from SJS or TENS after taking Motrin or Tylenol in any form, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting SJS lawsuits and may be able to get you the money that you may be entitled to for your injuries.