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$48 Million Awarded in Motrin Lawsuit

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A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has award $48 million to Christopher Trejo, a 22- year- old man who developed a rare, severe skin disorder after using Motrin to relieve pain and reduce a fever. The negligence lawsuit filed in September 2008 against Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Consumer Healthcare and said that the over-the-counter pain medication did not provide adequate warnings about the potential side effects.

Trejo was 15 when he took the Motrin, as directed by the label, for less than a week when began to develop blood blisters in his mouth. He was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), and then the more complicated Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), which causes burn like skin lesions on the inside and outside of the body. SJS and TEN are very painful and often fatal conditions that cause the skin to separate from the body.

The jury awarded $21.1 million for pain and suffering and $11.4 million for lost earnings and medical expenses. The jury also assessed $8.79 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and $6.8 million against McNeil, the San Fernando Sun reported. disclaimer: This article: $48 Million Awarded in Motrin Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 7:30 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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