Stevens Johnson Syndrome “SJS” and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis “TENS” are serious conditions which occur as side effects from certain drugs, particularly antibiotics and sulfa drugs. They arise from an immune disorder, commonly from these drugs: sulfonamides (antibiotics), penicillins (antibiotics), barbiturates (sedatives), lamotrigine and phenytoin (anticonvulsants).
SJS usually begins with fever and other mild symptoms. However, it will develop burn-like symptoms, often attacking the skin and mucous membranes, such as those found in the mouth, nose and genital areas. SJS and TENS can appear as rashes, blisters, swelling and peeling skin.
If you or someone you love has suffered drug-induced liver damage, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your financial and emotional losses.
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For a complimentary consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney who can determine your eligibility to file a legal claim, please contact Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP today.
We are attorneys experienced in SJS and TENS litigation from handling claims on behalf of users of Bextra, a Pfizer arthritis medication which was eventually removed from the market. We represented cases for clients who had mild symptoms which resolved quickly. We also represented an older woman who was not diagnosed quickly. This lead to permanent symptoms as described above. Resolution included litigation against Pfizer. Paul Rheingold was part of the New York State Coordinated litigation committee. Through threats of protracted litigation by our firm and other firms, we were able to secure favorable settlements on behalf of or SJS clients.
Individuals who suffer drug-induced SJS or TENS may be entitled to recover compensation related to their losses and injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, mental anguish, and more. If you or someone you love has developed liver damage that you think may be related to an over-the-counter or prescription drug, you need to ensure your legal rights are protected.