Stevens – Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a rare, serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. It’s usually a reaction to a medication or an infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters. Recognizing early symptoms of SJS and providing prompt medical attention are the most valuable tools to minimize long-term damage. When ignored, serious injuries or death can result; a medical malpractice lawsuit may be warranted.
A plaintiff alleges a number of health care professionals were negligent in failing to properly treat a woman for complications related to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which ultimately resulted in her death.
The deceased woman was admitted to the hospital on December 10, 2014, for IV antibiotic treatment of spinal osteomyelitis. She was subsequently given various medications for a number of weeks. On January 8, 2015, the patient was diagnosed with SJS. Despite orders that all antibiotics be stopped, the patient continued receiving the medication, according to the lawsuit. By the end of January, she was transferred to an extended care facility, but according to the complaint, her records did not contain information on the SJS diagnosis. Upon admission, staff members at the facility noted that the woman had itching, multiple skin rashes and open blisters, but again, she was not properly. At the family’s request, the woman was transferred to the hospital, but died on February 18, 2015, in what the lawsuit says was a painful and horrible death. The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.