An allergic reaction to medication is believed to have triggered a serious case of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which left a young girl burned from head to toe.
Four-year-old GiGi Coleman is currently being treated in the burn unit of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. She’s been hospitalized for the last week after developing an allergic reaction to a medication she’d been taking. Just a day after her mother took her to an urgent care clinic, GiGi’s body was covered in burns, leaving only her scalp and toes untouched. Doctors are saying it may be another two weeks before the girl will be able to begin rehabilitation.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a severe and sometimes fatal skin condition that typically results from an allergic reaction to certain medications. Individuals who suffer from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome may experience headaches, body aches, fever, coughing and eventually a rash. The rash may be localized and then begin to spread and intensify. The skin may begin to blister, particularly around the eyes, nose and mouth. A secondary condition, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, may develop which causes the skin tissue to deteriorate and take on a burned appearance. It’s estimated that SJS causes death in approximately 15% of all reported cases.
In children, SJS can be triggered by seemingly harmless drugs, such as Children’s Motrin or Tylenol. Other drugs that can trigger an allergic reaction include Depakote, Dilantin, Zyloprin, Levaquin, Zantac, Prilosec, Ibuprofen and generic forms of these drugs. It has not yet been specified which medication GiGi Coleman was taking at the time her Stevens-Johnson Syndrome symptoms developed.
While GiGi’s mother has insurance to cover some of the costs, the required hospital stay and rehabilitative therapy will likely be quite costly. She has also had to take time away from work in order to care for her daughter, which means a significant drop in wages. Hopefully, she will speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to determine whether she may have a claim against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the drug which triggered her daughter’s SJS reaction.
The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP has established an expert team of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorneys who are committed to defending the rights of SJS sufferers across the country. If you or a loved one has developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after taking any type of medication, you need to call our Injury Hotline today at 1-800-722-0765. Your initial case evaluation is free and there is never a fee unless we recover a money judgment on your behalf.
Dealing with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can be a physically and emotionally painful experience and the required course of treatment can end up costing thousands of dollars. Call the SJS experts at Nadrich & Cohen today to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.