Steven Johnson Syndrome
Steven Johnson Syndrome is a devastating condition caused by a reaction to medications that, if untreated, can prove fatal. Steven Johnson syndrome (SJS) typically begins with victims suffering flu-like symptoms before skin lesions and blisters appear; eventually the top layer of skin dies and sheds from the body. SJS can cause blindness, permanent disfigurement, cellulitis, sepsis, organ damage, and several other debilitating conditions. The longer the symptoms go undiagnosed and untreated, the higher the mortality risk.
About two million people develop SJS annually in the United States; national health statistics show that there are nearly 150,000 deaths attributed to the condition each year. Although many cases can be caused by viral infections, a large portion SJS cases are attributed to reactions to medications, most commonly antibiotics or painkillers.
The Most Common Medication Interactions
The most common drugs that have been named by SJS victims in lawsuits include many common OTC ibuprofen brands, antibiotics, and other recognizable medications:
- Cox-2 inhibitors
- Children’s Motrin
Steven Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with SJS, you may have legal recourse. Our experienced, aggressive legal team offers free case reviews to SJS victims. There may be legal time limits involved in the filing of these lawsuits so please contact us as soon as possible about your case.