In 2003, a girl’s parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn’t all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.
The risk of ibuprofen-induced TEN is extremely rare, but the drug’s label didn’t warn about the risk. Riddled with medical bills and a permanently-disabled daughter, the victim’s family had little choice but to sue Motrin for failing to warn that TEN was a possible side effect of ibuprofen.
Jurors saw fit to award the child $50 million in damages, as well as compensating her parents a combined $13 million. The child and her family would gladly hand every cent back to restore the child’s brain and body back to its prior condition. At least the sizable damage award can pay for the victim’s lifelong care and medical needs.
Remarkably, the young victim is an honor student at her school, despite having short-term memory problems. She is an inspiration and attests to the resilient nature of children who have a loving home and the resources necessary to help them succeed.
If you or your child has been seriously injured by an undisclosed side effect, contact a skilled Detroit medication errors lawyer to discuss your legal rights to compensation.
McKeen & Associates, PC, is a Detroit law firm that represents victims across the country impacted by medical negligence.
Source: CBS News, “Jury Awards $63M To Samantha Reckis, Girl Who Lost Skin After Taking Motrin,” Feb. 14, 2013