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June 26, 2018, PNLR News

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Failure to discontinue antibiotic leads to Stevens-Johnson syndrome

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The plaintiff alleged that her physician negligently failed to discontinue Bactrim for a urinary tract infection when she developed a severe skin rash. Additional dosages of the antibiotic led to the development of Stevens-Johnson syndrome. The jury awarded $1.5 million. Lall v. Rivera.

When high school senior Courtney Lall developed a urinary tract infection, she consulted pediatrician Carmina Rivera, who prescribed the antibiotic Bactrim. The medication failed to heal the infection, however, and Rivera prescribed additional dosages. Lall developed a severe skin rash and was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious condition that caused erosion of her mucus membranes. She continues to require treatment and suffers from emotional distress.

Lall sued Rivera, alleging she negligently failed to discontinue the Bactrim in light of Lall's symptoms following the initial doses and her failure to respond positively to the medication.

The jury awarded $1.5 million.

Citation: Lall v. Rivera, No. 7029732015 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Queens Cnty. Mar. 20, 2018).

Plaintiff counsel: Richard Abend and AAJ member Josh Silber, both of New York City.