Texas woman Keshia Hunt has filed a lawsuit after her young daughter contracted Stevens-Johnson syndrome when she was given Motrin.
Hunt filed the lawsuit in New Orleans U.S. District Court on February 24 of this year against Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Hunt’s lawsuit claims that after giving her daughter Motrin in February 2010, her daughter had a severe rash that caused her to be in the hospital for a month.
Hunt’s lawsuit also alleges that Johnson & Johnson didn’t test the drug properly. Of the tests the company did conduct, Hunt says that it didn’t offer the public proper reports of clinical test information that may have prevented some of the people from using the product. Hunt also says that there was a safer alternative that had the ability to lessen her child’s risk that was “economically and technologically feasible.” She feels that Motrin was “unreasonably dangerous and had defective characteristics due to inadequate warning of risks.” Hunt is suing for medical expenses, the child’s pain and suffering, disfigurement, impairment, mental anguish, court costs and interest.
Just last month, a California Appeals Court allowed plaintiffs to sue for punitive damages because the court says that the Johnson & Johnson’s failure to post proper warnings on Motrin’s label warning about Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis constituted malice on their part. Claims against Johnson & Johnson allege the company didn’t tell the truth about study results to FDA and that it hid the risks of SJS and TENS that Motrin presented to patients when it was seeking to sell the drug over the counter.
If you or a family member have suffered from Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis as a result of using Motrin, contact attorney Greg Jones today. I am an experienced SJS lawyer that will fight hard to help you recover any money that you may be entitled to.