Our attorneys are reviewing Tylenol autism lawsuits for parents throughout the country. A Tylenol autism class action lawsuit is seeking certification in federal court. If this class action is approved, we may see thousands of Tylenol autism lawsuits.
The basis for these new acetaminophen lawsuits is new scientific research suggesting the use of the popular pain-killer Tylenol (or generic acetaminophen) during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a baby with autism. This new evidence linking Tylenol to autism has led to a growing number of product liability lawsuits against manufacturers and retailers by parents of children with autism.
Our lawyers predict that the rising number of Tylenol autism lawsuits will likely lead to a new class action - on this go-around or the next - and there could eventually be settlement amounts offered to compensate parents and autistic children. The national product liability lawyers at Miller & Zois are currently accepting new Tylenol autism cases from parents of children diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorder after significant use of Tylenol (or acetaminophen) during pregnancy.
Contact our law firm today at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.New Research Links Tylenol to Autism
Acetaminophen, known mostly by its popular brand name Tylenol, has been one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications for decades. Almost every adult in the U.S. has probably taken Tylenol at least once in their lives and millions use it on a regular basis for the treatment of various aches and pains. Approximately 20% of the U.S. population uses Tylenol or acetaminophen products on weekly basis.
Until recently, Tylenol was believed to be completely safe with no known health risks. However, acetaminophen is one of the least understood compounds in medical use. Scientists still do not understand exactly how acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever.
Acetaminophen has long been marketed to pregnant women as the safest option for pain and fever relief during pregnancy. In fact, it has often been marketed as the only safe over-the-counter pain drug during pregnancy. This has contributed to a general public perception that Tylenol is completely safe for use during pregnancy.
This perception changed drastically last year, however, with the publication of new medical research on the use of Tylenol during pregnancy. In the September 2021 issue of the journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology, a Consensus Statement from a group of 91 leading medical experts warned that the use of Tylenol or acetaminophen during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism.
The Consensus Statement summarized a growing body of epidemiological research and animal testing indicating that prenatal exposure to acetaminophen can alter fetal development and increase the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. This body of research included 29 observational studies including over 220,000 mother-child pairs from across the world.
These studies consistently identified a link between significant use of Tylenol or acetaminophen during pregnancy and higher rates of autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, the studies found that extended Tylenol use during pregnancy increased the baby’s risk of autism by 20%.
The studies cited in the Consensus Statement also identified a clear correlation between the autism risk level and the duration and amount of acetaminophen usage during pregnancy. In other words, more Tylenol usage during pregnancy generally equated to higher autism rates.
The Consensus Statement concluded by strongly recommending that the medical community and public health agencies take precautionary actions to warn about the potential risks of using Tylenol during pregnancy. One of the recommendations included a warning label on all acetaminophen products about use during pregnancy.Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuit
The emergence of this new research has sparked a wave of recent Tylenol autism lawsuits against major manufacturers and retailers of Tylenol and generic acetaminophen products. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that the use of Tylenol or acetaminophen products during pregnancy caused their children to develop autism spectrum disorder. They accuse the defendants of negligently failing to warn about this risk.
The number of Tylenol autism product liability lawsuits field across the country has started to increase significantly over the last 6 months. In June, there were enough pending Tylenol autism cases to prompt a group of plaintiffs to file a motion asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate all of the cases into a new class action MDL.
The motion filed with the JPML identified 20 Tylenol autism lawsuits currently pending in various federal districts. All of the cases involve nearly identical factual allegations and legal claims. The timing of the filings also indicates that many more are likely to be filed in the future.Who Can File a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?
If you used an acetaminophen product such as Tylenol extensively during pregnancy and your child was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, you may qualify to file a product liability lawsuit and pursue financial compensation.
The causation evidence connecting autism to the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is still emerging at this point and more studies are currently underway. The research highlighted in the Consensus Statement could be enough, however, to pass legal thresholds and be presented to a jury in a civil case. If this happens, plaintiffs in Tylenol autism lawsuits could receive significant financial compensation for their claims.
Prospective plaintiffs will have stronger claims if they can show that they used high doses of Tylenol or acetaminophen products for prolonged time during pregnancy. An absence of a family history of autism, pregnancy complications, or other potential risk factors for autism and neurological conditions will strengthen a claim.
What Settlement Amounts Can Tylenol Autism Lawsuit Plaintiffs Expect?
Settlement amounts will be driven by the trial value of a Tylenol autism lawsuit. The average trial value of a successful verdict in a Tylenol autism lawsuit would likely be between $5 million and $10 million.
Keep in mind a few things. First, settlement compensation payouts are only a fraction of the trial value of a case in mass tort cases. And lawyers still cannot project settlement amount or the likelihood that the science in these cases is strong enough to get to a jury - although the science is looking pretty good right now.
But if the science is strong enough and these cases do go to a jury, get verdicts, and push J&J to the settlement table, average per person settlement amounts could be in the $300,000 to $600,000 range. Again, we are a long way from this and we are engaging in pure speculation. But parents understandably want to know what attorneys are projecting when it comes to possible settlement ranges. Because a civil lawsuit is always about money as compensation for harm.
Our Tylenol autism lawyers will continue to monitor and provide updates in the Tylenol autism lawsuits and will revise expected settlement payouts as the litigation develops.Contact Us About Your Tylenol Autism Lawsuit
The national product liability lawyers at Miller & Zois are reviewing Tylenol autism lawsuits on behalf of parents of children who were diagnosed with autism after significant Tylenol or generic acetaminophen use during pregnancy. Contact our Tylenol autism lawyers today at 800-553-8082 or get a no-obligation, free online consultation.