Many residents of North Carolina trust their doctors. That is one of the reasons they choose, and continue seeing, their doctor -- that sense of mutual trust and understanding. We always want to believe that a doctor has the patient's best interests in mind, but sometimes, it is not the case. A recent lawsuit filed against Johnson and Johnson claims that a doctor prescribed his patient dangerous drugs.
A pregnant woman a few years back was prescribed Topamax during her pregnancy. The drug is a common treatment for epilepsy. She apparently was on the drug for six months during her full term pregnancy.
As a result of the woman taking the apparently dangerous drugs, her son was born with a birth defect. He was diagnosed with cleft lip, a congenital deformity typically creating a gap from the mouth to the nose. It can range from mild to severe. The woman claimed that Johnson & Johnson as well as the treating doctors are responsible for her son's cleft lip by not warning her of the risks of this particular drug.
The lawsuit, heard in Philadelphia, resulted in a jury trial. After only an hour of deliberation, the jury determined that Johnson & Johnson was liable for prescribing this drug to the pregnant woman. Specifically, the jury found that the medication was the cause of the cleft lip.
As a result, she was awarded a $4.02 million settlement from Johnson & Johnson. Although her son will continue to suffer from a physical impairment, the financial restitution will help with past and ongoing medical costs and rehabilitative care. North Carolina residents who are victimized by dangerous drugs have legal rights, and those impacted may benefit by gaining an understanding of their legal rights under state and federal laws.
Source: Cranford Chronicle, Jury awards $4M on claim Janssen drug caused birth defect, No Author, Oct. 30, 2013