Perhaps the only thing more agonizing than enduring a life-threatening illness resulting in permanent chronic medical difficulties and disabilities is watching your child endure it, and being helpless to stop the pain.
That was the situation for the parents in Reckis v. Johnson & Johnson, who brought a products liability lawsuit against the makers of a children’s pain reliever for failing to warn them of a deadly illness that was rare, but known to manufacturers when they gave the medicine to their daughter.
They watched as a slight fever and sinus congestion morphed into a rash, then blisters then a misdiagnosis of measles. Then they watched while an entire layer of skin sloughed off and her eyes, mouth and nose bled. They were by her side as she nearly died from a brain aneurysm and seizures and as she battled for survival in a medically-induced coma.