Samantha Reckis was 7 years old when she went blind and lost 90 percent of her skin. The cause of her injury: A rare side effect known as toxic epidermal necrolysis.
According to Yahoo, Samantha suffered this side effect after taking Motrin brand ibuprofen. Her family sued Johnson & Johnson and on Wednesday, the Plymouth Superior Court jury decided that Johnson & Johnson must pay Samantha and her parents $63 million for her injuries. Of course, Johnson & Johnson “disagrees with the verdict and is considering additional legal options."
What is Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis?
Toxic epidermal necrolysis, also referred to as “Lyell's syndrome” is a life-threatening skin disorder caused by adverse reactions to certain drugs.
Symptoms of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis:
- Skin lesions
- Pain in the eye
- Mouth sores
- Vision problems
Do you think Johnson & Johnson should have to pay $63 million for Samantha’s injuries?
What Are Your Options if You Have Suffered Side Effects as a Result of Taking a Drug?
If you or a loved one has suffered side effects as a result of taking a drug, speak to your health care provider immediately. Moreover, if you experienced any serious side effects from using a drug, contact a products liability attorney. Once you become aware that you have a potential claim against a drug manufacturer, the Statute of Limitations generally requires you to bring your lawsuit against the manufacturer within two years of the incident or discovery. However, each state has different statute-of-limitations laws. Therefore, it would be beneficial to speak to an attorney about your legal options today.
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