Patients who use Dilantin to control their epileptic seizures may be at risk for an allergic reaction that can trigger Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Dilantin users who develop SJS may be eligible to file a personal injury claim so it’s important to know what you need to do to protect your legal rights.
Documenting Your Symptoms
Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a skin condition that is characterized by a severe rash, although your initial symptoms may include fever, headache, cough and body aches. Patients who suffer from SJS or a related condition known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) typically develop lesions or blisters on the skin, particularly around the eyes, nose and mouth. As the condition progresses, the top layer of skin may begin to separate and eventually slough away, leaving the victim with a burned appearance. Patients with SJS typically require treatment in a burn unit in order to recover. If you developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome or TEN as the result of an allergic reaction to Dilantin, it’s important that you document your condition through photographs and in the form of detailed medical records.
Maintaining Financial Records
In addition to documenting your medical treatment, it’s also important that you or a trusted individual maintain financial records of any costs you may incur as a result of being diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. This may include the cost of your medical care, lost wages due to your inability to work, prescription and follow-up care costs once you’re able to leave the hospital, transportation costs to doctor visits, etc. If you’re considering filing a Stevens Johnson Syndrome injury claim, you need to be able to prove what tangible costs were associated with your illness.
Measuring the Long-term Impact of Stevens Johnson Syndrome Caused by Dilantin
Dilantin users who suffer from Stevens Johnson Syndrome typically have between an 85 and 95% chance of making a full recovery with proper medical treatment. However, in some cases, patients may suffer long-lasting or permanent side effects as a result of their condition. These side effects may include permanent visual impairment, irreversible organ damage caused by the presence of lesions on the heart, lungs or kidneys, complications associated with shock or infection or permanent skin damage and disfigurement. If you’ve experienced a decrease in your quality of life due to complications caused by your Stevens Johnson Syndrome, it’s important to document this in the form of a journal and/or photographs.
Choosing an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
If your Stevens Johnson Syndrome was caused by Dilantin, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, medical bills and other costs. In order to determine your eligibility to file a personal injury claim, you need to speak with a qualified Stevens Johnson Syndrome attorney. Only an attorney who is experienced in handling Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome cases can assist you in protecting your legal rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is currently investigating Dilantin side effects claims in all 50 states. For more information on filing a Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit, call 1-800-718-4658 to begin your free initial case evaluation. There is never a fee unless damages are recovered on your behalf.