If you believe you have an SJS/TEN claim there are steps you must take to be sure an experienced attorney will be able to fully evaluate your situation. Firstly, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (“SJS”) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (“TEN”) involve severe skin reactions, horrific pain, and, often, lengthy hospitalizations. These conditions are most commonly caused by a medication, but can also be a result of negligent care from a physician. (Read more about causes of SJS/TEN: HERE)
Secondly, Childers, Schlueter & Smith is currently handling numerous SJS/TEN claims, and continues to stay current on relevant, developing legal and medical issues.
Depending upon the circumstances of your SJS/TEN claim, inexperienced or unqualified attorneys will not be able to fully evaluate valid SJS/TEN claims and might be improperly pursued. When you do file your claim, defense attorneys will work to identify wrongdoers that an inexperienced attorney has missed, thereby reducing the amount of just compensation that you should receive for your injuries. Here are some practical steps you can take to ensure that justice is served in your case, in addition to hiring an experienced SJS/TEN attorney:
1) Save all of your prescription pill bottles and pharmacy instructions that you are provided for medications taken before your SJS/TEN occurred;
2) Save all paperwork given to you by medical professionals for all SJS/TEN treatment from your first skin reaction to your last hospitalization;
3) Take photographs of areas on your body affected by SJS/TEN and document the day they are taken (do this for each medical appointment and each date of your hospitalization).
If you have been diagnosed with SJS/TEN, you must have an experienced attorney evaluate your claim. SJS/TEN claims are complex and difficult. An attorney without experience in this area will not be able to properly prosecute your claim, and will limit your chances of a positive recovery. Before providing your information to any law firm claims to handle SJS/TEN claim – make that firm provide YOU with information about its experience with SJS and TEN cases. Be sure to save your medical information and document your injuries. There is never a guarantee of a recovery, but by taking these steps you will give yourself the best chance at just compensation for your injuries.
Childers, Schlueter & Smith is well equipped to help you with your potential case, so let us know by giving us a call or by using our contact us form.