Even though pregnancy can be a time of great joy and happiness, it comes with its own set of challenges. As you get closer to the due date, back pain is one of the most common issues that arise. Not to mention, there is the case of increased weight, nausea, fever, headaches, loose joints, and an expanded uterus, which can lead to extreme discomfort.
This pain can make you feel like taking painkillers is a good option, but is that really safe for you and your child? It is a known fact that medicines and food consumed by the mother directly impact the unborn child. What if a popular and seemingly harmless drug causes complications with your unborn’s neurological health?
The Adverse Effects of Tylenol
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a popular painkiller and has been used by pregnant women for reducing fever and as a pain reliever up until recently. We can understand its popularity just by looking at the statistics.
Around 65% of women in the U.S. have been taking this drug to deal with fever and all kinds of mild-to-moderate pain during pregnancy. When used under the direction of a health professional, this drug was considered quite safe.
However, new studies have shown that prolonged use of Tylenol by pregnant women can result in the development of certain neurological disorders in the unborn child. These disorders primarily include Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Other major side effects of Tylenol on the child may include:
- Language Delays
- Developmental issues
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Decreased IQ levels
- Decreased executive function
A link between Tylenol and ADHD or autism has been suspected for quite some time. However, the first clear scientific evidence was revealed by the American Journal of Epidemiology and Johns Hopkins University. Their research showed the adverse impact of this known painkiller on the developing mind of the unborn child.
Researchers have found very strong evidence that the use of this drug for 4 weeks or more while expecting can lead to a 20% increase in relative risk for autism and a 30% increase in relative risk for ADHD, as compared with women who did not take this drug during their pregnancy.
Tylenol Autism and ADHD Lawsuit: A Closer Look
Legal action has been taken against the manufacturers and distributors of Tylenol on behalf of pregnant women who were using this drug during their pregnancy, and their newborns were subsequently diagnosed with neurological disorders. The Tylenol Lawsuit has been attracting a lot of national attention.
This type of lawsuit is categorized as a class action lawsuit. It serves to represent multiple people simultaneously who were in any way affected by the action of the defendant. This particular case targets the drug manufacturers directly as defendants, notably Johnson & Johnson, who originally manufactured acetaminophen under the brand name ‘Tylenol.’
The Impact of The Tylenol Lawsuit
The current lawsuit alleges that the defendants negligently failed to warn the users, doctors, and notably pregnant women about the potential risk which is involved with the prolonged usage of this product.
In late 2022, U.S. lawyers spent around $1.85 million in mass tort advertisements to create awareness among potential claimants of their legal rights regarding the Tylenol Lawsuit. This was the third largest expenditure for any mass tort, followed by the Camp Lejeune Water contamination and mesothelioma claims.
Now, families and individuals affected by this issue are filing mass tort lawsuits throughout the country. Safe to say that this lawsuit could be one of the biggest mass torts in U.S. history.
Based on recent results, lawyers of ToHoerman Law believe that the average settlement value for the Tylenol lawsuit can range between $50,000 to $500,000, depending on the strength of the claim. Based in Chicago, Illinois, TorHoerman Law has solved above 10,000 cases and serves in all 50 states.
In the case of the Tylenol lawsuit, damages may include:
- Medical costs and bills
- Permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
As a parent or guardian, you may be eligible for this lawsuit if your child developed Autism or ADHD, or as the child who developed this disorder due to the usage of this drug by their mother.
There are so many other ways you can count on when dealing with pain and discomfort during pregnancy. They can include yoga, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy, among others. Any drug recommended by your medical practitioner – in the correct amount – can also be safe for the expecting mother and the unborn child.
If you or any loved ones of yours are one of the victims of the Tylenol autism lawsuit, you must understand your legal rights and, with the help of a reputed law firm, file a suit for compensation.
If you are successful, the jury payouts and settlement amounts for this lawsuit could be high. These lawsuits are expected to settle this year with a new warning label added to the product packaging to protect unborn children.