Johnson & Johnson Could Pay $109 Million After Cases of Children'
Samantha Reckis, who at age 7 suffered a severe reaction to the drug Motrin, has received at least some hope of compensation for her years of suffering and permanent damage.
More than 5 years after the suit was filed, jurors in Plymouth, Mass. agreed that $50 million dollars should be awarded to Samantha and over $12 million to her parents after finding health and beauty giant Johnson & Johnson liable for physically devastating damages suffered from a little-known severe reaction to Children's Motrin. If the trial judge goes for it, Johnson & Johnson would pay $109 million if interest is considered. However, an award that big for an individual case is very rare - so it could be thrown out.
Samantha was 7 when she was given Children's Motrin (ibuprofen) and suffered an allergic reaction that developed into toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), a condition in which the blood vessels in the skin are damaged to the point where the skin becomes necrotic and infection can set in. Samantha's condition was described like "having your skin burned off" and in truth, that is what happened.