Tylenol Autism Lawsuit Settlements: What to Expect
The makers of Tylenol and generic acetaminophen are facing product liability lawsuits alleging they negligently failed to warn parents, doctors, and the public of the potential risk involved with using their products while pregnant. Recent studies have tied the use of Tylenol during pregnancy to children who develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), complex developmental disorder, and other health issues. However, autism has been studied the most.
If you believe that you or your child have been exposed to significant amounts of Tylenol or generic acetaminophen in utero and presents with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturers of generic acetaminophen (Mallinckrodt) or Tylenol (McNeil Consumer Products Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson). However, we are also investigating claims against retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Costco, and Walmart.
These claims are often resolved through an out-of-court settlement. However, the amounts available through this legal avenue vary depending on many factors. The amount of fetal exposure to acetaminophen coupled with your child’s clinical presentation and diagnosis will play a large role in determining value.
We urge you to contact a Tylenol autism lawyer at Dolman Law Group to learn about how much your potential Tylenol autism settlement might be worth and the strength of your case.
If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and you used acetaminophen during pregnancy, we want to speak to you right away. Tylenol use during pregnancy or prenatal exposure to generic acetaminophen has been scientifically linked to several neurological disorders based on studies we will discuss below.
Tylenol Usage During Pregnancy Connected to Neurodevelopmental Disorders Like Autism and Other Health Issues
Tylenol is a common over-the-counter drug used to treat pain and reduce fever. Unfortunately, in some cases, it may be doing more harm than good. Based on emerging research conducted by Yale University and Johns Hopkins University, there may be a link between mothers who take Tylenol during their pregnancies and the occurrence of neurodivergent conditions, such as autism, in their children. There now exists multiple studies published illustrating a potential causal link between higher rates of autism and acetaminophen use during pregnancy.
Autism and Tylenol During Pregnancy
A 2021 consensus statement penned by multiple medical experts published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology warned pregnant women that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy could spike the rates of autism. In fact, the authors state “increasing experimental and epidemiological research suggests that prenatal exposure to APAP (Acetaminophen) might alter fetal development, which could increase the risks of some neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders.”
A strong causal link via scientific evidence suggests the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy creates a higher risk of the possibility your child will present with or obtain a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or ADHD. This discovery has led many families to pursue legal action against the makers of these products and the retailers who have earned substantial profits selling these over-the-counter medications without warning of the potential health risk. At no point has the manufacturers of Tylenol or generic medication offer a disclaimer to pregnant mothers of existing indications (medical literature and clinical studies) acetaminophen exposure in utero creates a higher risk your unborn child may develop autism spectrum disorder.
Tylenol and manufacturers of generic acetaminophen are now being accused of promoting their products as safe pain-relief alternatives during pregnancy, when in fact they may be responsible for causing neurological damage to babies in utero. Health professionals warn of the potential link between Tylenol and autism. The health issues or conditions that may be correlated with significant or prolonged prenatal acetaminophen exposure or Tylenol usage during pregnancy include:
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Neurodevelopmental problems later in life
- IQ level deficits
- Behavioral issues
- Early puberty in girls
- Male fertility problems
- Undescended testicles
Health Issues Associated With Tylenol Usage Can Have a Significant Cost
While these conditions are not life-threatening, some of these issues can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and ability to learn, develop social skills, and work. Parents may endure extreme stress while pursuing care for their children impacted by these issues. Additionally, there is often an economic cost for parents of children with these health concerns, especially neurological disorders.
For example, a child with ASD may require therapy, medication, and additional tutoring. In some cases, they may require life-long care. Parents may be forced to miss work to take their children for treatment, forfeit job opportunities to care for their children, or substantially reduce their standard of living to afford treatment.
Costs like these may be eligible for compensation if we can establish acetaminophen exposure during pregnancy that resulted in a diagnosis of autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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Is There a Lawsuit Against Tylenol for Autism?
Yes and no. There are a number of lawsuits filed against the retailers who sell acetaminophen or Tylenol but none of the lawsuits filed in Federal Court have named the manufacturers of Tylenol or generic acetaminophen as defendants. This is likely done as part of an overall strategy as retailers are less likely to want to litigate such cases while being subjected to awful publicity. Drug manufacturers are more inclined to defend these lawsuits aggressively.
How Much Can I Recover in a Tylenol Autism Bad Drug Lawsuit?
9/20/22 -Update on Acetaminophen or Tylenol Autism Lawsuit
On September 29, 2022 (nine days away), the Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will hear the plaintiff’s motion to consolidate all acetaminophen that has been filed in Federal Court into a single MDL (multidistrict litigation). The purpose of an MDL is to consolidate all cases before a single Judge to promote consistency in discovery, streamline all litigation and increase the odds of a global settlement.
The plaintiffs are seeking for the venue to be placed in the Northern District of California or the Eastern District of New York. In turn, the defendants are opposing the creation of a Tylenol autism MDL. However, in the event the JPML creates an MDL, they are pushing for the venue to be in the Districts of New Jersey which is seen as a less plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction.
The defendants are opposing the creation of an MDL on the grounds that all lawsuits thus far have been filed against retailers (CVS, Walgreens, Costco, etc…) and not against manufacturers of generic acetaminophen and Tylenol. Further, the defendants contend that not enough lawsuits have been filed. This is a farce as a Tylenol autism MDL has the potential to be one of the largest mass torts in U.S. history.
What Will be the Average Tylenol Autism Lawsuit Settlement
While it is too early to determine the full settlement value of a Tylenol acetaminophen autism lawsuit, we can certainly speculate and estimate based off of prior mass tort projects. Before rendering our estimates, keep in mind that it is too early to determine how strong the science in this likely MDL will be.
While the consensus among the plaintiff trial lawyers is we are dealing with very strong science linking autism spectrum disorder to acetaminophen or Tylenol use during pregnancy; it will be some time before we know whether the science concerning the cause of developmental disorders is strong enough to reach a jury trial.
We must establish through scientific research and evidence that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy established an increased risk of a child being subsequently diagnosed with a developmental disorder.
We base our projections on our assumption the science is strong enough to survive scientific hearings (Daubert hearings). We project the average jury verdict could be in excess of $2 million for individuals with an autism diagnosis who manifest the more significant autism spectrum symptoms in their most severe form. Please note that the severity of autism is measured in three different grades. ASD level 1 is the least severe and ASD level 3 is the most severe form of autism spectrum disorder.
The majority of cases will never reach trial. In fact, very few mass tort cases are selected by Court for a bellwether trial. Thus, the vast majority of these claims will eventually settle. Our early projection for settlement value in $150,000.00 to $225,000.00 for ASD level 1 claims, $250,000.00-$500,000.00 for ASD level 2 claims and in excess of a $500,000.00 settlement value for typical ASD level 3 acetaminophen Tylenol autism lawsuits.
Symptoms of Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD)
The most common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder are:
- Delayed speech and ability to communicate
- The avoidance of eye contact
- Disproportionate or unexpected reactions to sounds, smell, touch, and taste (sensory processing difficulties)
- Minor changes to routine cause high levels of stress
- Very adherent to routines and rules
- Inability to understand social cues
The Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuit Process in a Multidistrict Context
The product liability claims against Tylenol and other makers of acetaminophen are in the process of being consolidated into a multi-district litigation class action lawsuit. This means they would be heard in one jurisdiction even if the plaintiffs are located across the U.S to consolidate court resources. It also allows plaintiffs to share the burden of expenses like court fees.
Tylenol autism lawyers for the injured parties must convince a jury that manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson breached their duty of care to consumers by failing to warn them of the risks associated with acetaminophen. Our law firm can assist in accurately calculating the value of your damages in order to make a claim for compensation against acetaminophen or Tylenol drug makers like Mallinckrodt or Johnson and Johnson.
Why Should I Choose Dolman Law Group to be My Tylenol Autism Lawyers?
The Dolman Law Group is a nationally recognized law firm that has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims. Our team of lawyers has in excess of 130 plus years of combined experience. We have the financial resources to take on any sized corporate defendant.
Dolman Law Group has served injured clients for over a decade. Matthew Dolman is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for settlements or verdicts in excess of $1 Million and $2 Million respectively. We have ample experience handling bad drug lawsuits, as well as mass tort class-action cases such as the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits.
Our law firm has the financial resources to take on a claim of this magnitude, and the expertise to do it effectively. In fact, we have been investigating claims and reviewing Tylenol autism lawsuits for many months gearing up for this project. Keep in mind that we are among the first law firms to begin investigating claims linking acetaminophen exposure of pregnant women to a child who was subsequently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD.
Tylenol Autism Lawyers
The tylenol autism lawyers of Dolman Law Group are not intimidated by a challenge. You can depend on us to leverage expert witness testimony, collect medical evidence to support your claim, and negotiate strategically to maximize compensation. We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for clients who were injured by another party’s negligence, and we are prepared to do the same for you. We are continuing to investigate medical issues concerning Tylenol use during pregnancy.
As testimonials from former clients will attest, our team goes above and beyond just protecting your right to compensation. This includes keeping in close contact with you, thoroughly explaining the implications of your options, and answering any questions you may have. If you have reason to believe that your child’s autism or ADHD diagnosis is linked to Tylenol usage call us today.
We handle each and every Tylenol lawsuit on a contingency basis and only get paid if we are able to obtain a financial recovery on your behalf. The Dolman Law Group offers a free consultation and case review for prospective clients with a child who received autism diagnoses relating to the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy. If you want more information to understand a potential Tylenol linked to autism lawsuit, feel free to email me at: [email protected]
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Contact Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Tylenol Autism/ADHD Lawsuit
Learning that medicine you thought was harmless could have negatively impacted your child can be overwhelming news. However, you should not let this prevent you from taking action to seek compensation for your damages, including future medical bills, emotional distress, and lost wages. The personal injury lawyers of Dolman Law Group are prepared to handle your Tylenol autism lawsuit and support you through every step of the claims process.
In the event that the makers of Tylenol and other acetaminophen drugs are not willing to compromise on a fair settlement offer, we won’t hesitate to take your bad drug lawsuit to trial. Our team of personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure that we maximize compensation on your behalf.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental conditions after significant exposure to Tylenol or acetaminophen use while in utero, our lawyers would like to speak with you as soon as possible. You can reach out to us at (727) 451-6900 or through our online contact form. We offer free consultations at our numerous office locations or virtual appointments.
The Dolman Law Group works with local counsel in any jurisdiction outside Florida for the purpose of filing lawsuits in jurisdictions wherein we are not licensed. Thus, we will follow each State’s ethical rules to ensure a local attorney is involved.