Tylenol Autism Lawsuit
Tylenol has long been the recommended pain reliever and fever reducer for expectant mothers. If you took prescription or over-the-counter Tylenol or acetaminophen during your pregnancy and your child was later diagnosed with autism, you could recover monetary compensation for their ongoing care. With our legal guidance and direction, you could request medical and psychiatric care costs, pain and suffering, and other losses.
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, our attorneys help parents with similar experiences like yours start or join a Tylenol autism lawsuit, seeking financial recovery from the drug’s manufacturer or its distributors. Cases like these require focus and attention to detail, which you can leave to us. Then, while you concentrate on caring for your child, our legal team will build the most robust case possible on your behalf.
How the Rise in Autism Diagnoses Led to Current Tylenol Autism Lawsuits
More parents are joining Tylenol class action lawsuits to hold the product’s manufacturers and distributors responsible for a noticeable increase in autism diagnoses. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a recent article notes studies tracking a link between Tylenol and autism as far back as 1998.
The Boston Birth Cohort studied nearly 1,000 cases involving mothers and babies, testing the infants’ umbilical cords’ blood for acetaminophen. It found that 6.6% of the children were diagnosed with autism by their ninth birthday. Notable increases include:
- Children with mid-level Tylenol exposure were 2.14 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism.
- Children with the highest level of Tylenol exposure were 3.62 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism.
If your child experienced exposure to Tylenol or acetaminophen in utero, our personal injury attorney will explain your options for financial compensation. They will also explain the statute of limitations deadline, how it will affect your case, and the benefits of acting on your child’s behalf sooner rather than later.
From the First Tylenol Lawsuit to the Most Recent Ones
The first person believed to have filed a lawsuit for autism linked to Tylenol consumption sued the big box retailer where the store brand acetaminophen was purchased. The plaintiff filed the lawsuit in June 2022. Since then:
- January 2023: A plaintiff filed a lawsuit against a retail chain drug store after consumption of the store brand form of the medication acetaminophen.
- March 2023: There are 107 Tylenol autism lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New York alone.
Plaintiffs continue to file lawsuits against the name-brand and store-brand makers of acetaminophen products. These lawsuits are growing in number so quickly that they are becoming class action lawsuits where multiple injured parties pursue a shared at-fault party.
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, our Tylenol lawsuit attorneys help parents start and join class action lawsuits. If your infant was exposed to Tylenol while in the womb, we will help you pursue financial compensation for a variety of economic and non-economic damages.
What Class Action Lawsuits Against Tylenol Are About
Lawyers all over the country are filing Tylenol autism suits on behalf of parents who took Tylenol (acetaminophen) in its name brand, store brand, and generic forms during pregnancy and had a child diagnosed with autism. These lawsuits allege:
- The drug’s manufacturers and distributors knew or should have known about the risks associated with pregnant women using their products,
- The use of the products exposed unborn children to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Moms who took the drug during pregnancy were not properly or appropriately warned about its potential risks.
The plaintiffs (the injured parties) are seeking damages from the defendants (the at-fault parties) for medical bills, pain and suffering, and additional recoverable damages. The Tylenol autism lawyer who represents you will explain your potential financial recovery.
Johnson & Johnson’s Response to Autism Tylenol Claims
The parties pursued for compensation are fighting against the growing number of lawsuits. For example, Tylenol’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, recently filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits against the company.
Their motion asserts U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, not Johnson & Johnson, dictate the products’ warning labels. Using this legal position, a big box retailer filed a similar motion. A ruling on this motion is still pending, but our law firm will continue to post updates as the motion moves through the courts.
How a Tylenol Autism Attorney Can Help You Pursue Compensation
On your own, a civil lawsuit is always a time-consuming and potentially daunting undertaking. To bolster and support your Tylenol lawsuit for causing autism in your child, we take all the following actions:
- Review your case at no cost or obligation.
- Review your medical records and your child’s.
- Document the at-fault party’s product liability.
- Compile and organize compelling evidence.
- Handle all case-related communications.
- Complete and submit paperwork and court filings.
- Deal with the insurance company and its representatives.
- Address any questions and concerns you have.
- Negotiate a favorable monetary settlement.
- Take your case to court for resolution, if needed.
Our legal team will also consult medical, psychiatric, and relevant subject matter experts who substantiate your case. We also will obtain oral and written reports from these experts for your case file.
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, we work hard to streamline your case and handle all the hard work and legwork it involves. We will build the strongest case for you and provide you with ongoing updates as your case develops and progresses.
Learn More About Similar Class Action Cases in the Past
Tylenol and its manufacturer have faced lawsuits in the past — even previous class action lawsuits. In April 2013, Johnson & Johnson previously faced lawsuits from consumers who alleged that using Tylenol led to liver damage. Additional lawsuits against this popular medication include:
- 550 lawsuits related to the using the company’s DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which led to dislocation, metal poisoning, and revision surgeries.
- 7,056 lawsuits related to using Pinnacle Acetabular Cup, which also resulted in dislocations, metal poisoning, and revision surgeries.
- 13,511 lawsuits related to using Xarelto, alleging severe and potentially fatal bleeding issues, poor wound management, and risk of infection.
- 27,168 lawsuits related to using the company’s+ talcum powder, alleging an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.
This list is not exhaustive, as the company is facing accusations of failing to warn consumers and prescribers of the known risks associated with other products. Consumers are entitled to full disclosure about the possible risks of taking any type of medication. Failure to provide it leads to product liability lawsuits like these.
Possible Outcomes of a Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuit
Like many parents, you may prefer to reach a Tylenol claim autism settlement rather than the uncertainty of a trial. Our law firm will fight hard to settle your class action lawsuit out of court.
No one can say exactly what the outcome of the Tylenol class action lawsuits or any other lawsuit will be. Additional possible outcomes of your case can include:
- As Johnson & Johnson and many Tylenol retailers have done before, they could request a motion for the court to dismiss your lawsuit.
- The plaintiffs and the defendants could reach a monetary settlement agreement, and each plaintiff will share equally in the resulting financial award.
Most parties in class action lawsuits settle without going to trial. However, we will not hesitate to represent you in court and keep fighting for the compensation you need and deserve if this is the next step.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Was your child diagnosed with autism due to exposure to Tylenol or acetaminophen in utero? An autism diagnosis can mean a lifetime of specialized care and coping skills for your child. In fact, it can require the involvement of your entire family.
As you learn to cope with the diagnosis and guide your child toward a happy and fulfilling life, our law firm can help. At Anastopoulo Law Firm, we help parents seek financial compensation from the makers and distributors of Tylenol and its generic equivalents.
The following FAQs can help you understand what caused your child’s condition and what you can expect moving forward.
Is Acetaminophen Safe for Use During Pregnancy?
Many consumers are asking if Tylenol is safe for pregnant women. From October 2021, Harvard Health Publishing recommends avoiding Tylenol or acetaminophen use during pregnancy, if possible.
Tylenol was once believed safe for pregnant women to use to manage pain and relieve and reduce fever. Researchers in Boston conducted a 20-year study that indicated an adverse reaction in the children of mothers who regularly took Tylenol or who took it in high doses. These infants were more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism as children.
What Are Studies of Tylenol and Autism Saying?
Recent and ongoing studies of Tylenol (also called acetaminophen and paracetamol) use during pregnancy poses a health and developmental risk to babies in the womb. Studies cite the drug as an endocrine disruptor, which can lead to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) which include:
- Asperger syndrome
- Childhood disintegrative disorder
- Unspecified pervasive developmental disorder
Studies of prenatal Tylenol use also indicate a correlation between its use and an increase in diagnoses of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research into Tylenol’s effects on pregnant women and babies in utero is ongoing.
Who Is Joining Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuits?
Parents of children diagnosed with autism as the result of being exposed to Tylenol in the womb are forming a class of plaintiffs and filing class action lawsuits accordingly. The potential financial awards from these lawsuits could include the costs of medical and specialized care your son or daughter will require throughout their lifetime.
Additional recoverable damages from a Tylenol autism claim can include pain and suffering and more. When you join other injured parties in our upcoming class action case, our legal team will carefully assess your potential compensation. We will also clarify the possible timeline and relevant filing deadline.
Why Are Consumers Suing Tylenol’s Manufacturers and Distributors?
As a consumer, you expect to receive full disclosure on any medication you take. If you are not fully informed of possible risks, you could have the basis of an injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Some allege that the makers of Tylenol and its generic counterpart have failed to accurately label their products or to otherwise inform consumers of their risks.
The current lawsuits being formed allege that the risks were known to the defendants or that they should have been known and consumers should have been made aware. Our team is passionate about recovering damages for parents, children, and families affected by Tylenol consumption.
What Are the Alleged Dangers of Taking Tylenol During Pregnancy?
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor. When the medication disrupts the endocrine (chemical messenger) system in developing fetuses, it can lead to cognitive and developmental delays. Autism is one of the conditions of ASD that endocrine disruption can cause.
Some studies indicate that pregnant women’s Tylenol use could also expose their unborn babies to reproductive and urogenital disorders. For this reason and others, you should consult your health care professional before taking Tylenol or any medication while pregnant.
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If your child encountered Tylenol due to long-term or frequent use during your pregnancy, you could be eligible to receive financial compensation. Our law firm can help you start or join a Tylenol autism lawsuit and manage the entire legal process for you. We will handle all the details of your case and fight hard for financial compensation for you and your family. You will have the time you need to take care of your child while we help you take the steps you need to protect their future and yours as well.
Contact our client-focused team at Anastopoulo Law Firm to learn more about our lawsuit against Tylenol for autism. Call (803) 222-2222 for your free case review today.