In many instances, patients diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) have sustained injuries caused or made worse by medical malpractice of physicians who are not properly trained or make medical errors in the treatment of this condition.
Recent literature sets out the standard of care for physicians treating SJS: After a diagnosis of SJS or symptoms indicating a strong suspicion for SJS, the physician must immediately remove the offending agent and transfer the patient to a burn unit, intensive care unit, or other center specializing in the treatment of SJS and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) as soon as possible. Any delay in treatment can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering for an SJS patient, as well as a potential medical malpractice claim against the responsible party.
A patient who is not transferred to a burn unit or not provided specialty treatment soon after his or her diagnosis with SJS may have a claim for medical malpractice. Examples of malpractice related to SJS might include:
SJS and TEN are serious and potentially life-threatening medical conditions that typically require emergency care and hospitalization. Without prompt, immediate treatment, those who develop SJS or TEN may not have the opportunity to recover completely, or even at all. If you feel you may be a victim of injuries made worse by medical malpractice, our attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith may be able to help you. Give us a call or head to our contact us page to leave us a message.