During pregnancy and while breastfeeding, many women turn to recommended pain relievers deemed “safe.” In the U.S., 65% of expectant mothers use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief, often based on medical guidance. However, unbeknownst to many, Tylenol, the top over-the-counter recommendation for these women, is now at the center of numerous dangerous drug lawsuits nationwide.
There has been a surge in dangerous drug lawsuits alleging that manufacturers of Tylenol and other generic alternatives should have warned consumers about the potential link between the frequent use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and autism, ADHD, and other neurological disorders in children. If you took Tylenol during your pregnancy and your child has been diagnosed with autism, our dedicated team of attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright is ready to fight for your family’s rights.
Call us at (407) 712-7300 or contact us online today for a FREE case evaluation. Our dangerous drug attorneys understand how precious our children are and are determined to help your family find justice for the harm you have suffered. We have a No Fee Unless We Win policy and serve folks in Orlando, all of Florida, and across the country. Colling Gilbert Wright will be with you every step of the way.
Your Legal Rights Regarding Acetaminophen and Autism
Millions of women worldwide will be devastated to consider that a drug they were told was safe might have been responsible for their child’s condition. The most frustrating thing? Tylenol is still the most recommended over-the-counter pain reliever for pregnant women.
When it comes to medication, trust and safety are paramount. For years, acetaminophen, predominantly branded as Tylenol, has been a household staple, available at every local pharmacy, grocery, and corner store. Its accessibility and effectiveness as a pain and fever reliever made it a preferred choice for many, including pregnant women, to whom it was assured to be safe.
But recent revelations have cast shadows over its long-held reputation. Research hints at a potential link between prenatal exposure to Tylenol and conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), among others.
Who Is Being Sued in Acetaminophen Autism Lawsuits?
Every pharmaceutical company bears an unyielding duty to its consumers. This duty involves not only producing effective medications but also ensuring their safety and providing adequate warnings when potential risks are identified.
Despite accumulating evidence, the manufacturers of Tylenol and other acetaminophen-containing products might have sidestepped this responsibility. Instead of issuing warnings or initiating further research into these concerns, they have perpetuated the narrative of acetaminophen’s safety during pregnancy.
These lawsuits spotlight Johnson & Johnson, the overseeing company for McNeil Consumer Products Co., which manufactures Tylenol. However, manufacturers of generic acetaminophen products like Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and more are not exempt. The charge is that these companies failed to warn consumers that using the drug while pregnant could lead to a higher rate of autism and other neurological disorders in your child.
If you used acetaminophen for at least 30 days during your pregnancy and your child has ASD, contact the dangerous drug attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright for a FREE case evaluation. We can help to establish whether you have a rightful claim for damages and assist you through the process of pursuing compensation.
What Is the Basis of the Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?
Over time, there has been substantial scientific research indicating that there is a correlation between prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and an elevated rate of autism and ADHD. As of 2023, a Tylenol MDL has been established in New York, consolidating all federal court claims related to acetaminophen. The goal is a settlement compensating the affected children and their families.
The crux of these dangerous drug lawsuits revolves around the potential neurological impacts these products might have on unborn children when mothers consume the drug during pregnancy. Scientific research proposes a concerning connection between the prolonged use of Tylenol during pregnancy and an increased risk of children developing autism, ADHD, or other neurological issues.
The impetus for the current push of Tylenol autism lawsuits was a 2021 consensus statement “supported by 91 scientists, clinicians and public health professionals from across the globe.” The statement, published in Nature Reviews, calls attention to the growing evidence that there is an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in children exposed to acetaminophen in-utero. The consensus calls “for precautionary action through a focused research effort and by increasing awareness among health professionals and pregnant women.”
This consensus statement drew on many studies of the relationship between acetaminophen and autism or ADHD carried out over the last decade, including a 2021 study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. The analysis found that children exposed to acetaminophen prenatally were 19% more likely to develop ASD “symptoms within the borderline/clinical range than non-exposed children.”
In 2019, a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health also found that prenatal acetaminophen exposure may increase the risk of ASD. Published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers analyzed 20 years worth of data from the Boston Birth Cohort. The results showed that children born with the highest acetaminophen concentration in their cord blood were 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD or ADHD.
This data has reaffirmed findings from earlier studies, including a 2018 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology which found that the children of women who had used acetaminophen for a prolonged period during their pregnancy were 20% more at risk of autism. All of this points to a connection between acetaminophen exposure during pregnancy and autism, demonstrating an urgent need for further research in this area.
Several respected research initiatives have hinted at the concerning relationship between autism and acetaminophen exposure in utero. The studies that delved into dose-response relationships found a correlation: the longer the exposure to acetaminophen, the higher the associated risk. The specific threshold raising concerns seems to be a use exceeding 30 days. Such studies warrant careful consideration and further investigation.
Colling Gilbert Wright is seeking out and representing clients for these dangerous drug lawsuits. Both brand-name and generic versions of acetaminophen are under scrutiny, with potential claims against negligent manufacturers. We want to hold these manufacturers responsible for the damages and heartache their negligence has created. Contact us for a FREE case evaluation.
What Disorders in Children Could Be Linked to Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy?
Disorders and delays linked to acetaminophen use during pregnancy may include:
- Autism/Autism spectrum disorder
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Cerebral palsy
- Conduct disorder
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Language delays
There is also a concern that acetaminophen use during pregnancy can cause congenital defects in male infants, such as:
- Undescended testicles (cryptorchidism)
- Abnormal urethra opening (hypospadias)
- Other reproductive disorders
What Products Contain Acetaminophen?
Products in the U.S. that contain acetaminophen and are currently under scrutiny include but are not limited to:
- Tylenol Cough and Cold
- Tylenol Sinus
- DayQuil / NyQuil
- Robitussin Multi-symptom
- Advil Dual Action w/ Acetaminophen
- Generic or store-brand products
This list is by no means exhaustive. Any product containing acetaminophen qualifies.
Who Can File an Acetaminophen Autism Lawsuit?
If you took Tylenol or any generic form of acetaminophen in substantial amounts or over an extended duration while pregnant and your child later received an autism diagnosis, you and/or your child might have grounds to take legal action and pursue compensation for your damages.
Colling Gilbert Wright is seeing clients who:
- Consumed Tylenol or an acetaminophen alternative for a duration exceeding 30 days during pregnancy.
- Have a child diagnosed with autism.
The sooner you reach out for help, the sooner we can investigate and establish if you have an appropriate claim for compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit. During this trying time, lean on us. Everyone, no matter their resources, has the right to pursue justice. That’s why we won’t collect a fee unless we win. Contact us to schedule your FREE consultation today.
What Is the Average Payout for a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?
The potential compensation you might receive for your losses depends on several factors. Your attorney will assess both economic and non-economic damages resulting from acetaminophen exposure.
To best assess the merit and potential worth of your case, a FREE consultation with our legal team is necessary. By understanding the nuances of your claim, we’re better equipped to champion your cause and work towards the justice and remuneration you seek for the consequences you’ve suffered.
Every case is unique. Depending on the circumstances of your claim, fair compensation might include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain & suffering
- Mental health impact
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Litigating against pharmaceutical giants requires an intricate understanding of both medical science and the law. Colling Gilbert Wright is well-equipped to assist you in establishing that the consumption of Tylenol or other acetaminophen products during your pregnancy led to your child’s neurological disorder.
Taking a Stand With a Dangerous Drug Lawsuit
The path ahead isn’t simple. Many families, trusting the safety assurances provided by brands like Johnson & Johnson, might have unknowingly put their unborn children at risk.
If you or someone you know might have been affected by this issue, now is the time for action. We aim to hold these manufacturers and retailers accountable for their inaction by initiating a dangerous drug lawsuit.
How Do I Join the Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?
Justice is rooted in action. If you suspect that you’ve been impacted by the potential side effects of prenatal Tylenol use—reach out. Our aim is to guide and support you every step of the way. We are committed to shedding light on this issue, ensuring accountability, and striving for justice on behalf of affected families.
Schedule a FREE Consultation With a Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Attorney Today
The journey of seeking justice shouldn’t be walked alone. If you are the mother of a child with autism and you took Tylenol in some form or a generic drug containing acetaminophen for more than 30 days during your pregnancy, the dedicated attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright may be able to help.
Suing a pharmaceutical conglomerate is a complex and challenging process. These corporations have vast resources and legal teams dedicated to defending their products. As your dangerous drug lawyers, Colling Gilbert Wright is here to level the playing field. We aim to ensure that companies are held accountable for the safety of their products, especially when they may impact the most vulnerable among us.
It’s more than just about litigation. We’re here to offer support during what can be an incredibly challenging time. Realizing the potential link between a medication and your child’s disorder can be overwhelming. Our team is not just here to represent you legally but also to provide guidance, understanding, and empathy.
We are unwavering in our commitment to justice. Remember, there’s strength in numbers, and every shared story makes the collective voice louder and the cause stronger. It’s more than just a case for us; it’s about safeguarding the future of our community and holding those responsible accountable.
Call (407) 712-7300 to schedule your FREE case evaluation. We understand how difficult this situation may be for you, and we want to help you find just compensation for your devastating losses. Our dangerous drug attorneys are available to you 24/7. Let’s work together to hold these negligent companies accountable.