Resources for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a serious condition affecting the skin and the mucous membranes. This rare condition is often the result of a reaction to a medication. The condition usually begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful rash that blisters. If the problem spreads to over 30% of your skin, it is classified as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).
If left untreated, Stevens-Johnson syndrome has the potential to be deadly. If you suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome as the result of a defective drug, an SJS lawyer might be able to help you recover compensation. At SJS Firm, our experienced SJS attorneys can put you in the best position to get the resources you need to live with this serious condition.
What Resources Are Available for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Patients?
In addition to the services that an SJS lawyer can provide, there are a number of other resources that SJS patients can turn to for support. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with SJS, the following resources can provide the assistance you need to make it through this difficult time:
Resources for Children
If your child has been diagnosed with SJS, they may be experiencing a considerable amount of anxiety about their condition. Fortunately, SJS Kids Support can offer your child the emotional support they need to cope with the uncertainty and frustration they’re experiencing.
SJS Kids Support is an organization that was founded to provide children and parents with the resources they need to understand and deal with a childhood SJS diagnosis. To help your child learn more about their condition, take a look at the organization’s SJS fact sheet.
If your case of SJS has resulted in long-term complications or permanent injuries, you may qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration provides benefits for individuals whose disabilities prevent them from working and earning a living.
An SJS lawyer can help you determine if you’re eligible for disability benefits from the government. If your disability application is accepted, you’ll likely receive the compensation you need to manage your injury and support yourself financially.
If you’ve been diagnosed with SJS, you may require treatment from a burn center. The American Burn Association makes finding a burn center near you incredibly easy. Use the “Find a Burn Center” search option on their website to find a burn unit that can offer the services you need to treat your condition.
We also encourage you to consider some of the top burn centers in the country, which include but aren’t limited to:
- Joseph M. Still Burn Center (Augusta, GA)
- The Grossman Burn Center ( Bakersfield, CA)
- The South Carolina Burn Center (Charleston, SC)
- Jayce Burn Center (Chapel Hill, NC)
As an SJS patient, you’re probably facing exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, and several other losses and hardships. Reaching out to an SJS attorney is the best way to get the legal counsel and representation you need to recover compensation. A lawyer can determine who is liable for your damages and demand that they offer a settlement that covers your expenses.
Who Is Liable for My Damages?
In most legal cases related to SJS, the defendant is the drug manufacturer that caused the illness. A manufacturer might be liable for your damages if they failed to warn adequately about the risk of SJS when using their product. However, drug manufacturers are not the only potentially liable parties in SJS lawsuits.
A doctor could also be liable if they prescribed a drug that can cause SJS and failed to warn you of the risks. Additionally, if you have a condition such as HIV or cancer, which can increase your risk of contracting SJS, or if you have a family history of SJS and your doctor prescribed a medication known to cause this condition, they could be at fault.
A pharmacist could face legal action if they failed to warn you of the risks of a medication when you picked up the drug. An SJS lawyer from our team can identify the liable party and demand that they compensate you for your suffering and expenses.
Damages You Can Claim in an SJS Lawsuit
If you were diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome after taking medication, you might be able to recover a wide range of compensatory damages. An SJS lawyer from our firm can determine which economic and non-economic damages you’re eligible to receive.
Economic damages refer to any losses you suffer that directly cost you money. This can mean that you were forced to spend money as a result of your condition or that you were unable to earn money you could have otherwise made. Depending on the specifics of your case, an SJS attorney may pursue the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning ability
- Medical costs
- Future medical expenses
Non-economic damages cover a wide range of losses. Any losses you suffer that do not directly affect your finances are considered non-economic damages. These losses can be quite varied. However, one thing non-economic damages typically have in common is that they tend to have a significant and lasting impact. You may be able to recover damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
How Much Does an SJS Attorney Charge?
Unlike many lawyers who charge their client’s high hourly rates regardless of the outcome, an SJS lawyer will only charge you a single fee, which is entirely based on the compensation you receive from the liable party. When you hire an SJS attorney, you will agree to pay them a fixed percentage of the money you receive in damages.
Under this payment arrangement, you can feel confident that your lawyer will do everything within their power to ensure you get as much money for your case as possible since the amount they will receive for their services is directly linked to how much you get for your damages.
While a large payout means a good payday for your lawyer, if they fail to secure compensation on your behalf, they won’t make a single cent for the work they put into your case. This system also ensures that any SJS victim can hire legal representation since you won’t have to pay your lawyer out of your own pocket.
Contact an SJS Attorney for a Free Case Review
At SJS Firm, we have the experience required to give you the best chance of recovering compensation for your medical bills and other losses. SJS can be deadly; even if the condition is diagnosed early, you can still face lifelong consequences. Recovering damages can be vital when attempting to put your life back together.
If you were diagnosed with SJS, you might be entitled to significant compensation from the at-fault party. Use our legal chat tool or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case review today. One of our SJS lawyers will review your case and answer any questions you may have.