My doctor just diagnosed me with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Should I consult with an attorney about my legal rights?

22 Feb 2018

I am very sorry to hear about your medical issues. Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a very rare but also very serious skin disorder. It normally results from an allergic reaction or an infection. It can cause skin cells to die and can ultimately cause the epidermis to separate from the dermis.

SJS often begins with flu-like symptoms, which can be followed by a painful red or purplish rash that can blister. Victims often experience skin pain, and the skin is normally shed days after blisters form. Before the rash develops, victims often experience fever, fatigue, cough, burning eyes, and a sore mouth and throat.

Normally, SJS requires hospitalization. To treat the disease, the underlying cause must be treated, and the symptoms must also be controlled. As your skin regrows, your medical team can make an effort to minimize complications for you. If SJS was caused by a drug, you will need to permanently avoid that drug and others like it. Some drugs that can cause SJS include pain relievers, anti-gout medications, medications to fight infections, and medications to treat seizures and mental illnesses. SJS can also be caused by infections such as pneumonia, HIV, Hepatitis A, and herpes.

Victims of SJS normally suffer not only physical pain, but also emotional pain. SJS can cause very serious complications and even death. Recovery can take weeks or even months, depending on how serious the condition is.

If you have suffered from SJS, you should visit a medical professional right away. You will also want to talk to an attorney. If you contracted SJS from taking a medication, you may have a legal right to compensation. If you are in the Los Angeles area, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.