Tylenol Autism Lawsuit

Recent studies have linked the use of Tylenol and other generic brands of acetaminophen during pregnancy to a higher risk of children being born with autism. Mothers who took acetaminophen while pregnant and gave birth to autistic children may be able to seek payment from drug manufacturers for failing to warn consumers about the risks associated with their products.

There may be multiple categories of monetary damages available to autistic children and their parents. Our lawyers are investigating new scientific research and gathering evidence to support victims’ cases.

If you took Tylenol or another brand of acetaminophen while pregnant and your child developed autism, get help recovering the financial compensation you deserve. Reach out to our Tylenol autism lawyers by calling Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291. Our attorneys can review your case for free.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a type of developmental disability stemming from differences in the brain. Autistic children often have trouble with social interaction and communication. Furthermore, victims may experience repetitive or restricted interests or behaviors. Those with autism also often have different ways of paying attention, learning, or moving.

Accordingly, the symptoms of autism can make life challenging for victims. If you took acetaminophen during pregnancy and your child developed autism, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Mothers who took Tylenol while they were expecting should be aware of the following signs and symptoms of autism:

Issues with Social Interaction and Communication

Autistic children can have trouble learning basic social skills. For example, those with autism may exhibit the following:

  • Fails to respond to their name by 9 months old
  • Does not show facial expressions like sad, angry, surprised, or happy by 9 months old
  • Does not keep or avoids eye contact
  • Uses little or no gestures by 12 months old (for instance, fails to wave goodbye)
  • Shows no interest in playing simple interactive games by 12 months old
  • Fails to share interests with other people by 15 months old
  • Fails to point at things to show items of interest by 18 months old
  • Fails to recognize when others are upset or hurt by 24 months old
  • Fails to notice other kids and play with them by 36 months old

These symptoms can produce a wide range of negative effects. If you took Tylenol during pregnancy and believe your child is showing signs of autism, our attorneys can help. Our Tylenol autism lawyers can help pursue damages related to victims’ developmental issues with social interaction and communication.

Repetitive or Restricted Interests and Behaviors

Autistic children can also exhibit a variety of interests and behaviors that appear unusual. These symptoms distinguish autism from other disorders that are only defined by issues with social interaction and communication. The following are examples of repetitive or restricted interests and behaviors developed by those with autism:

  • Shows obsessive interests
  • Has to follow certain routines
  • Rocks body, flaps hands, or spins in circles
  • Becomes very upset by minor changes
  • Repeats phrases and words incessantly (a condition known as echolalia)
  • Shows unusual reactions to smells, sounds, tastes, looks, or feels
  • Plays with toys the same way in every instance
  • Lines objects up and gets upset when the order is displaced

These behaviors can be a detriment to a child’s growth and development. Accordingly, our Tylenol autism lawyers can also help recover compensation for victims’ issues with repetitive or restricted interests and behaviors. Our team can help mothers who took acetaminophen during pregnancy determine the proper course of action.

Other Signs

Lastly, there are a range of other signs and symptoms of autism that fall outside of the aforementioned categories. Autistic children may develop any of the following:

  • Delayed motor skills
  • Delayed language skills
  • Delayed cognitive abilities
  • Seizure or epilepsy disorder
  • Impulsive, hyperactive, and inattentive behavior
  • Gastrointestinal problems (for instance, constipation)
  • Unusual sleeping and eating routines
  • Excessive worrying, stress, and anxiety
  • Unusual emotional reactions and moods
  • A lack of fear, or a showing of more fear than is reasonably expected

Children with these signs and symptoms can incur a wide range of economic and non-economic damages. Victims’ mothers who took acetaminophen while expecting can call our Tylenol autism lawyers for guidance and support on their paths to recovery.

The Link Between Tylenol and Autism

Acetaminophen is more popularly known by its popular brand name, Tylenol. Tylenol has been one of the most often used over-the-counter medications for a long time. It is used to treat minor aches and pains. Also, it can be used to reduce a person’s fever.

Tylenol has long been suggested to pregnant women to treat their pains, aches, and fevers. It was thought to be a safe option for treatment of such issues. However, new epidemiological research such as this study from Nature Reviews Endocrinology suggests that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to a higher risk of children being born with autism. Specifically, research suggests that extended Tylenol use while expecting can increase a baby’s risk of developing autism by 20%. This link is now supported by several observational studies of thousands of mother-child pairs from various countries.

Our experienced Tylenol autism lawyers are continuing to compile evidence that demonstrates the link between acetaminophen and autism. The assistance of our attorneys can be highly beneficial to mothers and their autistic children when seeking the payment they deserve. Financial compensation can provide families with crucial support during difficult times.

Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit is a type of civil case brought on behalf of group of people who have incurred similar injuries as a result of a defendant’s negligent conduct. In such cases, one individual or entity will act as the group’s representative.

You may question why there is a need for a class action lawsuit in cases where each party could technically file their own case. The answer is that it is more practical for courts, plaintiffs, and defendants. A class action case will be much easier for courts to handle than countless individual claims. Furthermore, filing a case against a drug manufacturer can be an expensive process. Plaintiffs must pay expert witness fees, attorney’s fees, and various administrative costs. Accordingly, some individual cases do not involve enough damages to justify bringing the claims to court. By joining lawsuits together, plaintiffs can more easily obtain a fair distribution of damages.

On October 5, 2022, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JDML) certified a class action lawsuit in New York that will hold all Tylenol autism lawsuits brought to any federal court in the United States. Many cases alleging a link between autism and Tylenol use during pregnancy are now pending in courts across the nation. You can call our Tylenol autism lawyers for help joining the lawsuit and recovering the financial compensation available to you.

Who May File a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?

If you took Tylenol or another generic brand of acetaminophen while pregnant, particularly at high doses or for a long period of time, and your child developed autism, you may be able to file a Tylenol autism lawsuit. Manufacturers of acetaminophen can be held liable for failing to warn pregnant mothers of the dangers associated with their products. The major qualifying issues for filing a Tylenol autism case are the following:

  • You took Tylenol or generic brand acetaminophen while you were expecting
  • You were not taking acetaminophen against the advice of your doctor
  • Your baby suffered fetal exposure to Tylenol or generic acetaminophen
  • Your child was later diagnosed with autism, participates in an autism early intervention program, or is involved in an individual education program

The process for filing your lawsuit can be complicated. Our experienced Tylenol autism can review your case for free. If you have a strong claim, our attorneys will help bring a claim against the drug manufacturer responsible for your child’s injuries.

Can You Be Disqualified from Filing a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?

There are some issues that may disqualify you from being able to file a Tylenol autism lawsuit. In some cases, alternative causes of autism exhibited by mothers and children can affect our attorneys’ ability to establish a causal link between Tylenol use and victims’ conditions. In other cases, the age of children and their parents can affect their eligibility to recover compensation. The following are issues than may disqualify you from being able to file a Tylenol autism lawsuit:

  • The mother used tobacco or drank alcohol while pregnant
  • The mother used illegal drugs while pregnant
  • The mother took one or more serotonin reuptake inhibitors while pregnant
  • Either parent of the affected child was diagnosed as autistic
  • The child was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, or Fragile X syndrome
  • The father was over 45 years old when the victim was born
  • The mother was over 40 years old when the victim was born
  • The child is now over 18 years old
  • The child was born after March 26, 2020

Even if you believe you may be disqualified from filing a Tylenol autism lawsuit, you should still contact our Tylenol autism lawyers to review the strength of your case. Understanding eligibility can be a complex task. Our team can help investigate whether you should be awarded financial compensation.

Medications Taken by Mothers Who Can File Tylenol Autism Lawsuits

Tylenol is not the only brand of acetaminophen linked to a higher risk of children being born with autism. There are multiple brands drugs containing acetaminophen that were taken by affected mothers. If you took any of the following medications during pregnancy and your child developed autism, you may be able to file a Tylenol autism lawsuit:

  • Tylenol
  • Excedrin
  • Mucinex
  • Nyquil
  • Dayquil
  • Robitussin
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus
  • Generic Paracetamol
  • Generic acetaminophen

Many pregnant mothers took generic acetaminophen because it is cheaper than brands like Tylenol. No matter what brand of acetaminophen you took, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. Our experienced Tylenol autism lawyers can help you take the appropriate steps toward compensation.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?

There are multiple categories of damages that can be recovered in a Tylenol autism lawsuit. If your child developed autism because you took acetaminophen while expecting, you can contact our Tylenol autism lawyers for help determining which of the following damages may be recovered in your case:

Medical Expenses

Autistic children can incur a wide range of medical expenses related to the physical, emotional, and cognitive effects of their condition. For example, an autistic child with seizure or epilepsy disorder may require expensive medication. Furthermore, one who suffers from severe social anxiety may have to see a therapist. In such cases, victims can pursue compensation for any past, current, and future medical costs related to their disorder.

Medical expenses are usually established through medical records and bills. Our Tylenol autism lawyers can help refer physicians and gather the evidence necessary to support your case.

Pain and Suffering

Autistic children can also endure severe physical pain and emotional suffering. For example, those with inhibited social skills may have trouble making friends or engaging in certain activities. Furthermore, autistic children who face physical consequences of their condition can incur painful injuries. Fortunately, autistic children may be able to recover monetary damages for the pain and suffering they sustain.

However, claims for pain and suffering usually must be supported by complex evidence. The assistance of our Tylenol autism lawyers can be very helpful when pursuing such damages in your case.

Lost Earning Capacity

Furthermore, in some cases, autistic children can experience symptoms that restrict their ability to work and earn money in the future. For example, a victim who has severe issues with social interaction and communication can have trouble fitting into most work environments. Furthermore, victims can have difficulty completing the education required to attain certain positions. In these cases, our Tylenol autism lawyers can help potential plaintiffs recover compensation for their lost future earning capacity.

If You Need to File a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit, Our Attorneys Can Help

If you took Tylenol or another brand of acetaminophen while expecting and your child developed autism, seek assistance from our experienced Tylenol autism lawyers by calling Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to review your case for free.