Tylenol Autism and ADHD Lawsuit

Emerging evidence has linked the use of Tylenol® in pregnant women to the development of certain neurological disorders in children. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are two of the developmental disorders that have been linked to acetaminophen exposure.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who developed ASD or ADHD after Tylenol use during pregnancy, you may be eligible to participate in a current Tylenol lawsuit.

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Reasons Women Use Tylenol During Pregnancy

Tylenol is typically used by women during pregnancy as a type of mild to moderate pain reliever, and it has been considered safe when used as directed by health professionals.

In fact, Tylenol is usually considered one of the safer over-the-counter pain relievers for women who are pregnant.

However, when Tylenol is used frequently or for a prolonged period of time during pregnancy, its use can lead to an increased risk of autism or ADHD.

Unfortunately, pregnant women were not warned of the dangers of Tylenol use during pregnancy and wrongfully assumed that its usage was safe for them and their unborn child — even for extended periods of time.

How Is Tylenol Linked to ADHD and Autism?

There has been a suspected link between Tylenol and ADHD or autism for quite some time. However, recent studies by the American Journal of Epidemiology and Johns Hopkins University show the first scientific evidence.

The Johns Hopkins study tested the umbilical cord blood in over 900 births and compared the rates of autism in infants with the rates at which Tylenol was found in the blood. The mother-child pairs were also monitored for a period of up to 11 years.

The results of this study showed that children developed autism or ADHD at higher rates if they had been exposed to Tylenol or generic acetaminophen in the womb.

Is Autism or ADHD Caused by Tylenol Reversible?

Autism or ADHD caused by Tylenol is treatable, but in most cases, it is not reversible.

Autism, in particular, is a disorder that exists on a broad spectrum. Individuals with different levels of autism often require vastly different treatment or care.

In this sense, some cases of autism or ADHD caused by Tylenol would be more manageable than others.

The effects of Tylenol on these health conditions depend on how much of it was taken and for how long.

Eligibility for Tylenol Lawsuits

Currently, the first Tylenol autism ADHD lawsuits are just starting in the form of multidistrict litigation (MDL) lawsuits.

This type of lawsuit is similar to a class action lawsuit, in that it serves to represent many people and their loved ones simultaneously who were hurt by the same or similar action of one defendant or a group of defendants.

One major difference is that class action lawsuits take place in federal court, whereas MDL lawsuits take place in U.S. district courts.

This dangerous drug lawsuit targets the drug manufacturers directly as defendants, most notably Johnson & Johnson, who manufactured acetaminophen under the brand name Tylenol.

For this MDL lawsuit, you may be eligible as the parent or guardian of a child who developed ASD or ADHD, or as the child who developed the disorder.

If you are still unsure whether you may qualify for a Tylenol lawsuit, contact us to receive a free case review and see if you are eligible to work with a product liability lawyer.

Filing a Tylenol ASD/ADHD Lawsuit

Here is a step-by-step guide to follow when you are ready to file a lawsuit regarding the connection between Tylenol and ASD or ADHD.

1. Contact a Product Liability Law Firm

Hiring a product liability lawyer can provide many benefits during a product liability lawsuit, starting with helping you determine your eligibility for a case.

Your product liability lawyer can also help you gather and submit important documents, provide you with a case estimate, and handle all legal communications for you.

If you think you may be eligible to join a Tylenol ADHD or Autism lawsuit, call the team at LawFirm.com for a free case review at (888) 726-9160.

2. Gather Lawsuit Evidence

Important documentation you may need when filing a Tylenol autism lawsuit may include:

  • Medical records showing that your physician recommended Tylenol during pregnancy
  • Receipts for the purchase of Tylenol
  • Medical records of a child’s autism or ADHD diagnosis
  • Medical records for the child’s treatment

Remember that missing some or all of these documents may not disqualify you from filing. If you are unsure what may be important for your case, your legal team can help determine what you need to find and how to gather the information.

3. File a Tylenol ADHD/Autism Lawsuit

Filing a Tylenol lawsuit involving ADHD/autism is a process that may take some time, but your lawyer can manage the entire legal process for you.

Your lawyer will keep you informed and in the know throughout the lawsuit from start to finish.

4. Reach a Settlement or Verdict and Receive Compensation

After your case is filed, your lawyer will keep you informed about the progress. It’s impossible to predict how long it may take since these cases are so new, but your legal team won’t leave you wondering.

In many similar cases, the defendant will offer to settle the case, which usually leads to getting compensation sooner. Nearly all cases end in settlements, but you should be aware that your lawyer is barred from accepting a settlement without your approval.

If no settlement is reached, your legal team is prepared to go to trial and present arguments and evidence before a judge and jury.

No matter how the case goes, you should be able to trust in the legal team representing you to handle it while you focus on caring for yourself and your family.

You can get a free case review to learn how a lawyer can help and see if you qualify.

What Does it Take to Prove a Tylenol Lawsuit?

A couple of pieces of evidence will be necessary to prove acetaminophen autism lawsuits. Most importantly, the lawsuit will need to show that a child developed ADHD or autism due to the use of Tylenol during pregnancy.

It will also need to show that Tylenol was used during the pregnancy, and that the Tylenol usage occurred at the recommendation of a physician and without warning of the potential risks during pregnancy.

Fortunately, dangerous drug lawyers are well-versed in these types of lawsuits and will help you build a strong case.

Ways a Product Liability Lawyer Can Help With Your Lawsuit

A product liability lawyer is a type of personal injury lawyer who specializes in injuries that occur from the use of a specific product.

Some of the advantages of working with a product liability lawyer include:

  • Experience in the product liability practice area
  • Knowledge of all laws involved
  • Can act as your legal communicator
  • A private and confidential attorney-client relationship

Find Help With Starting a Tylenol ASD/ADHD Lawsuit

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who developed ASD or ADHD as a result of use of acetaminophen during pregnancy, or if you developed ASD or ADHD after being exposed to acetaminophen while in utero, you may be able to take part in the MDL going on right now.

If you believe acetaminophen caused your child to develop autism or ADHD, call (888) 726-9160 to talk to our team and see if you qualify to file a lawsuit and be compensated for the harm and you and your child suffered.

FAQs About Tylenol Autism and ADHD Lawsuits

What is Tylenol used for?

Tylenol is an over-the-counter pain reliever for mild to moderate pain, such as pain associated with headaches or menstrual cramps.

In addition to providing pain relief, Tylenol is also often used as a fever reducer and to relieve the symptoms of a cold or flu.

Does Tylenol cause ADHD?

Yes. Studies have shown that there is a link between Tylenol and ADHD when Tylenol is taken during pregnancy.

It is important to remember that this link is still being studied and that ADHD has many additional potential causes in addition to Tylenol use during pregnancy.

What are Tylenol lawsuit settlements worth?

It is impossible to say at this time what a Tylenol lawsuit settlement or payout may be worth, as no lawsuits have reached the point of settlement yet.

Settlement amounts will also vary based on multiple factors. This includes the severity of the neurodevelopmental disorders that the child developed as a result of Tylenol use during pregnancy.

Is there a class action lawsuit against Tylenol?

There is a class action lawsuit involving Tylenol currently in the southern district of New York taking place in December 2022.

The lawsuit targets certain mass retailers and distributors who sold Tylenol and generic acetaminophen as over-the-counter medications, including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Costco, Safeway, and Rite Aid.

Has Tylenol been recalled because of its effects on pregnancy?

No. Tylenol has been recalled on several occasions in the last couple of decades, but not because of its effects on pregnancy.

In the past, acetaminophen products have been recalled because of issues like missing warning labels or as precautionary measures against tainted and potentially unsafe products.

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ReferencesView References
  1. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG Response to Consensus Statement on Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy”. Retrieved on December 27, 2022, from https://www.acog.org/news/news-articles/2021/09/response-to-consensus-statement-on-paracetamol-use-during-pregnancy
  2. American Journal of Epidemiology. “Prenatal Exposure to Acetaminophen and Risk for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression Analysis of Cohort Studies”. Retrieved on December 26, 2022, from https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/8/1817/4980325?login=false.
  3. Harvard Health Publishing. “Is a common pain reliever safe during pregnancy?” Retrieved on December 28, 2022, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/is-a-common-pain-reliever-safe-during-pregnancy-202110292627
  4. Reuters. “Mass tort launched for claims that acetaminophen caused autism, ADHD”. Retrieved on December 26, 2022, from https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/mass-tort-launched-claims-that-acetaminophen-caused-autism-adhd-2022-10-06/

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