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:

  • Fever
  • Itching
  • 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.