Recently, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld a $50 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in favor of a girl who had contracted a life-threatening disease after taking Motrin.
The girl was seven years old in 2003 when she got a fever and sinus congestion. Her father gave her two doses of Children’s Motrin. The next day, she had a rash and a sore throat, in addition to her fever and sinus problems. When she went to the pediatrician, she also had crusty eyes and cracked lips. The doctor said she had measles and told her parents to give her Motrin three times a day. A day later, the girl was covered in blisters and her lips were bleeding.
The girl’s parents took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). She was placed in a medically induced coma for a month to ease her pain. During the following six months, her top layer of skin came off. She had liver failure, heart failure, a stroke and an aneurysm. She became addicted to painkillers and needed a feeding tube to eat. She became legally blind and weighed only 82 pounds at the age of 16. Doctors have said she will never be able to give birth to a child.
The family sued Johnson & Johnson for breach of warranty, loss of consortium and infliction of emotional distress. They claimed that the Motrin caused TEN. The jury awarded the girl $50 million, and each of her parents was awarded $6.5 million. The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld the verdict.
When a prescription or over-the-counter drug harms a consumer, the consumer can hold the manufacturer liable for damages, as was done in this case. Drug companies make huge profits each year, and if they harm someone, they are responsible for paying for damages. If you have been injured by a prescription or an over-the-counter drug, call the defective drug attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation on your case.