Tylenol is a household name, but unfortunately, there are also major Tylenol lawsuits currently in the works. Below is an overview of some of the recent Tylenol lawsuits and their implications. Sadly, women who took the drug during pregnancy and their children are now at the forefront of these lawsuits.
Tylenol, Autism, and ADHD
The latest lawsuit, as of October 2022, filed against Johnson & Johnson alleges that the company failed to warn mothers of the potential risk of taking Tylenol during pregnancy. The lawsuit claims that women who took Tylenol while pregnant had children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Does Tylenol Cause Autism and ADHD?
It’s important to note that there is no definitive answer as to whether Tylenol directly causes autism and ADHD. In fact, there have been numerous studies conducted on the topic and the results have been inconclusive. However, the fact that many mothers are now filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson indicates that there could be a potential link between the two and further research should be explored.
Research has shown there is an increased likelihood of women who took Tylenol during pregnancy to have children with autism and ADHD. One of these studies was published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal in 2019 and involved researchers from John Hopkins University.
The study looked at umbilical cord levels of acetaminophen in pregnant women and found that there was an increased incidence of ASD or ADHD-like symptoms in the children who had higher levels of acetaminophen. While this indicates a potential correlation between Tylenol use during pregnancy and autism/ADHD, further research is needed to determine whether or not this link exists.
Who Qualifies for a Tylenol Lawsuit?
At this time, any woman who took Tylenol while pregnant and has a child with either autism or ADHD could be eligible to join the lawsuit. The affected women must have taken Tylenol during pregnancy and their children must have been diagnosed with either ASD or ADHD. Keep in mind that symptoms of these illnesses usually do not appear until after one year of age.
It’s important to note that joining the lawsuit does not guarantee any compensation or a payout. However, it’s possible that if Johnson & Johnson is found liable in the case, those who join could receive some form of compensation.
Types of Covered Damages
For those who join the lawsuit, they could potentially receive compensation for several different types of damages. These include medical costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment of autism or ADHD, lost wages due to taking time off work to care for a child with autism or ADHD, emotional distress caused by having a child diagnosed with either condition, and other related damages.
Tylenol Lawsuits Moving Forward
At this time, there are several Tylenol lawsuits in the works and their outcomes could have a major effect on how drug companies are regulated in the future. If Johnson & Johnson is found liable for failing to warn women of potential risks associated with taking Tylenol during pregnancy, it could set a precedent for other drug companies to be more transparent about side effects and potential risks.
Ultimately, the outcome of these lawsuits is still uncertain. If you took Tylenol during pregnancy and have a child with autism or ADHD, it’s important to speak with a qualified attorney to determine if joining the lawsuit is right for you.