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$10 million Stevens Johnson syndrome verdict upheld

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro has upheld a $10 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, according to the Legal Intelligencer.

Plaintiff Brianna M was 13 in 2011 when a jury awarded the $10 million in compensatory damages for injuries she suffered 10 years earlier.

When M was 3, she had a fever and was given doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Children’s Motrin, in alternation with over-the-counter Children’s Tylenol.

As a result, she suffered a serious skin condition known as Stevens Johnson syndrome, which can cause the top layer of skin to shed and die. It’s usually an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection or illness.

The Legal Intelligencer says M underwent several forceful debridements of her skin. She also received skin grafts of pig skin or skin from cadavers, because of the risk of infection from so many open wounds and blisters.

She was eventually transferred to Shriners Burn Hospital in Texas, with 84.5 percent of her body covered in open wounds. M’s bout of SJS left her blind in one eye, with damage to her reproductive system and permanent disfigurement of much of her skin.

Before the 2011 verdict, M’s mother testified that she would not have given her daughter the Children’s Motrin had the label warned of the risk of SJS.

If you or a loved one have suffered from the condition, you should consult with a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney at Lopez McHugh to evaluate whether you have a claim.

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