Chicago medical malpractice attorneys know that many 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. That misinformation is at the heart of a new medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed in Philadelphia and is currently at trial.
Bloomberg News reports on the drug lawsuit filed against mega-pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnsons by the family of 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 heart of the suit involved the company’s hiding of information about the pain reliever’s connection to Stevens-Johnson syndrome-a dangerous allergic drug reaction. A jury in a similar Illinois medical malpractice case found in favor of the victim for $3.5 million because of the company’s failure to issue any warnings that the drugs could trigger Stevens – John Syndrome. A procedural error required the judge to dismiss the Illinois claim, but the message about the company’s role in the case was made clear.
The lawyer in the most recent case reported that they had 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.
Our Chicago personal injury 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. That applies to situations like this one where a drug company is in possession of information and keeps it hidden in order to maximize their own profit margins at the expense of average citizens.
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