Tylenol is one of the most popular over-the-counter pain medications in the world. However, acetaminophen, the generic name for the brand name medication Tylenol and the primary active ingredient in Tylenol products, may be more harmful than initially thought – especially for those who consumed this painkiller during pregnancy.
If you used Tylenol and/or general acetaminophen products during pregnancy, particularly in the second and third trimesters, and your child was subsequently diagnosed with a neurological disorder, you may be eligible to join the Tylenol autism/ADHD lawsuit.
Tylenol Is a Pain Reliever… so What’s Wrong with It?
For years, Tylenol was misleadingly marketed to pregnant women as a safe pain reliever to use during pregnancy. It was only in recent years that studies began to show the link between in-utero exposure to acetaminophen and a higher risk for neurological disorders. It was this deceptive marketing and the manufacturer’s failure to warn against the harms of acetaminophen-based drugs that led to the growing number of lawsuits now being filed against manufacturers such as CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.
Modern studies found that Tylenol and acetaminophen use during pregnancy increases the risk for developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder – with one John Hopkins study revealing the risk for newborns being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder was three times higher for children whose mothers used acetaminophen products during pregnancy.
The Status of Tylenol Lawsuits
The Tylenol autism and ADHD litigation has been rapidly growing across the country. Due to the large number of cases filed, this litigation has been consolidated into a federal class action lawsuit in New York. This means that moving forward, the Southern District of New York will now handle all Tylenol and acetaminophen lawsuits.
As of February 2023, there are related cases being filed in certain state courts that are not being included in the consolidated class action lawsuit. However, the presiding judge is seeking to increase cooperation between similar state and federal court cases.
How do I Know if I Qualify?
To potentially join this lawsuit, you must prove that you took Tylenol, or its generic acetaminophen equivalent, during pregnancy, and that your child was subsequently diagnosed with a developmental disorder such as autism or ADHD. To file, your child must currently be younger than 18 years of age.
The lawsuit and its potential payout may be influenced by factors such as:
- Proof: medical records showing Tylenol usage during pregnancy, receipts showing acetaminophen purchase(s), medical records showing that your child was diagnosed with a neurological disorder related to acetaminophen exposure, records from your child’s therapist or psychiatrist, or any notes from doctors or healthcare professionals regarding Tylenol use during pregnancy
- Medical or other related expenses: the cost of any past or future medical expenses, such as doctor visits, caregivers, medication, etc.
- Loss of wages or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact an Attorney if You Believe You Might Qualify for the Tylenol Autism & ADHD Lawsuit
If you took Tylenol or another form of acetaminophen painkiller during your pregnancy, and your child was diagnosed with a developmental disorder, you may be liable for compensation for damages. These damages can include, but are not limited to, medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Developmental disorders can cause significant behavioral, communication, and social challenges. The top-rated personal injury attorneys at Van Law Firm want to help families who are seeking justice against these large manufacturers who put profit over consumer safety. Call Van Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.
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