Not long ago we discussed the lawsuit and the-pending trial involving Johnson & Johnson’s failure to warn families of the allergic reaction potential with some of its drugs-specifically children’s pain relivers like Motrin and Tylenol. In the case, which was similar to an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit filed a few years earlier, the plaintiff alleges that the pharmaceutical company knew that their pain relief product had a risk of damaging allergic reactions but did nothing.
As we explained, this most recent lawsuit involved a girl who was severely burned and blinded after taking Children’s Tylenol and Motrin in 2000 when she was only 3 years old. The girl had taken the drug to treat a cough and fever. Following her painful reaction, she was required to spend months in the hospital to recover from her skin lesions, lung damage, and eye infections.
The lawyer in that case showed the jury documents produced by Johnson & Johnson from the mid-1990s connecting the drug to the reaction. However, the company did nothing to warn consumers until years later.
Bloomberg News reported recently on the trial conclusion last week, with the jury finding in favor of the girl and her family, ultimately awarding her $10 million. The jury heard the evidence from both sides, deliberated, and found that the company did not act appropriately by not disclosing the children’s potential connection with Stevens-Johnson syndrome-a dangerous allergic reaction to drugs. The drug company plans to appeal the decision.
Our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that the law is in place to help protect vulnerable community members from the negligence of others that causes them harm. Families have little option but to trust the information provided to them by doctors and other medical professionals. The same applies to information provided to them about various medications by the drug companies that produce the medications.
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