Dangerous Medicine Highlights Need for Consumer Protection

Johnson & Johnson is facing a difficult round of media scrutiny. The company is accused of releasing another dangerous product. Tragically, this one is allegedly responsible for the death of a two-year-old child.

The toddler, suffering from a mild grade fever, was given Children's Tylenol and began spitting up blood thirty minutes later. The young boy was rushed to the hospital and died the next day from liver failure. Tests were done and ruled out viral or other complications.

Details of Lawsuit

The family's lawyer alleged that the medicine contained a "super dose" of acetaminophen which fatally damaged the child's liver. The lawsuit seeks both compensatory and punitive damages along with interest and attorney fees. The suit claims that the company exercised "willful and reckless conduct which needlessly caused the death of (the boy) simply to preserve the continuation of their billion-dollar revenue streams of pediatric medicines."

In the suit, the couple specifically alleges recklessness, negligence, breach of warranty, infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and other offenses against Johnson & Johnson, its CEO and subsidiaries, executives and board members along with retailers and distributors of the product.

Pharmaceutical Drug Liability

This tragic case highlights the duty companies have to provide a safe product. This includes a responsibility to successfully meet testing criteria from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even when proper licenses are obtained, companies are still liable for the products they produce.

The Connecticut Product Liability Act offers protection if injured by a defective product. This statute holds companies liable when a product is put into the stream of commerce. As a result, compensation is available to cover medical and rehabilitative expenses as well as pain and suffering.

If your or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced defective products attorney to better ensure that all your legal rights and remedies are protected.