Recent studies have indicated that pregnant women that consistently use Tylenol during their pregnancy can expose their children to the risk of autism. Tylenol is a popular over-the-counter pain reliever used by pregnant women to relieve physical pregnancy aches and pains, but it contains endocrine disruptors that can alter fetal development. Because of this, plaintiffs have begun suggesting a new warning label for Tylenol.
Many people have filed Tylenol autism lawsuits to hold manufacturers of Tylenol and other acetaminophen products accountable for failing to warn consumers about the endocrine disruptors in the products.
These lawsuits have consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL) before Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs have asserted that Tylenol’s warning label failed to caution consumers about the product’s health risks and have suggested a new warning label for Tylenol that could caution pregnant women about the pain reliever’s possible health risks.
Tylenol Use During Pregnancy Can Expose Children to Autism Risk
Parents of children diagnosed with autism have filed Tylenol autism lawsuits because the manufacturer of Tylenol, McNeil Laboratories, failed to warn consumers about health risks associated with the product. Tylenol and products containing its generic form, acetaminophen, contain endocrine disruptors. These chemicals can affect hormone levels and fetal development, possibly leading to a child experiencing autism.
Tylenol is a common pain reliever used by pregnant women, as nearly 65% of pregnant women use the over-the-counter medication. The risk of consistent use of Tylenol came from research at Yale University and John Hopkins University that found a connection between prenatal Tylenol use and children experiencing neurodevelopmental disorders.
Things escalated in 2021 when a consensus statement published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology warned pregnant women of the health risks associated with prenatal Tylenol use. The scientists suggested that “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.”
Parents Pursue Compensation for Autism Damages Caused by Tylenol
Following the publication of these studies, many parents filed Tylenol autism lawsuits to pursue compensation for damages. Autism can affect a child’s life by making social communication, learning, paying attention, and moving more difficult. After many parents filed lawsuits, the plaintiffs filed a motion to consolidate them into a multi-district litigation (MDL).
An MDL allows lawsuits with similar defendants and details to join together before one judge to streamline the discovery process and avoid the overcrowding of the court system by having multiple courts take on hundreds of similar cases. The Tylenol autism lawsuits consolidated into an MDL before Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York.
Plaintiffs in Tylenol Autism MDL Suggest New Tylenol Label
The plaintiffs of the Tylenol autism MDL suggested that the manufacturers of Tylenol be held liable for damages for failing to warn consumers about the dangers associated with their product. They failed to mention the autism risk associated with their product for children exposed to Tylenol in utero.
Judge Cote requested that the plaintiffs draft up a warning label for Tylenol that could have adequately warned consumers about autism risk. Their suggested warning label reads as follows:
“Autism/ADHD: Some studies show that frequent use of this product during pregnancy may increase your child’s risk of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If you use this product during pregnancy to treat your pain and/or fever, use the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible frequency.”
Recovering Compensation for Damages in a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit
If your child was diagnosed with autism after you used Tylenol during your pregnancy, you could file a Tylenol autism lawsuit to hold manufacturers and sellers of the pain reliever accountable for damages. Tylenol autism victims can experience economic and non-economic damages that affect their life by affecting their economic situation, physical health, and quality of life.
Economic damages are those that lead to expenses to pay for medical costs and wage-based losses. Non-economic damages are intangible losses related to how autism has affected a victim’s quality of life.
The following are some damages you could pursue compensation for through a Tylenol autism lawsuit:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of society
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
Should Tylenol Autism Victims Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?
A product liability lawyer can help you with the process of joining the Tylenol autism MDL. Joining the MDL can allow you to access the positive benefits of consolidation, including streamlined discovery, sharing resources with other plaintiffs, and a global settlement.
The process of joining an MDL can be complicated, especially for someone without legal experience. Hiring a product liability lawyer can give you someone in your corner with experience in handling individual claims and consolidated lawsuits. They can use their expertise to advise you on the best steps to take and how to maximize your chances of recovering fair compensation for your damages.
The following are some ways a product liability lawyer can help with your Tylenol autism lawsuit:
- Determine if you can file a Tylenol autism lawsuit
- Calculate the cost of Tylenol autism damages
- Assess who the at-fault party is
- Explain your rights
- File the necessary paperwork to join the Tylenol autism MDL
- Pool resources with other lawyers to prove the at-fault party’s liability
- Update you on how the Tylenol autism MDL is progressing
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Tylenol Austim Lawsuit
The product liability lawyers at The Russo Firm have decades of experience with defective drug claims and mass torts. They can use this experience to help with your Tylenol autism lawsuit and assist you in filing paperwork to join the Tylenol autism MDL. The process of an MDL can take a long time, so it’s vital to have someone with experience in your corner who can help you.
Our product liability lawyers have this experience and can serve as a trusted voice in your corner to represent your interests, ensuring you recover fair compensation for your specific damages. Contact us for a free Tylenol autism lawsuit case evaluation today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.