Autism is now one of the most widespread neurodevelopmental disorders in the United States. This condition affects one in every 44 eight-year-olds in the country. ADHD is yet another neurodevelopmental condition on the rise, affecting 9.4% of children between two and seventeen years old. Unfortunately, scientists are still unaware of what causes these conditions. However, recent research reveals that Tylenol could have links to the rising cases of Autism and ADHD in infants and older children. Parents who can prove without a reasonable doubt that their children or loved ones’ diagnoses were due to prolonged prenatal exposure to Tylenol are eligible to file an Autism Tylenol claim. Keep reading this article to determine whether Tylenol has indeed affected your baby.
What is Tylenol
Tylenol is an over-the-counter drug manufactured by McNeil Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. People commonly use this drug to alleviate pain or manage fever symptoms. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol that combines with other active ingredients to help you feel better.
Tylenol and its connection to Autism and ADHD
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, acetaminophen crosses the barrier on the placenta that keeps unwanted substances away from the fetus. The European Journal of Epidemiology also reveals that prenatal exposure to Tylenol increased the likelihood of ASD symptoms by 19% and ADHD by 21%. Since the scientific studies show a correlation between the results, we believe Tylenol causes more harm than good to pregnant women.
Potential damages associated with the use of Tylenol
Fortunately, ADHD and ASD are not life-threatening conditions. However, they cause the victims additional issues that reduce their quality of life. For instance, autism inhibits the child’s ability to learn, socialize with others, and work and affects their social skills. Parents taking care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders also suffer an economic cost as they should pay for therapy and buy medication. There is also the loss of income as the parent would have to miss work to take the child to their appointment or decline a job offer because it would prevent them from being present for their child. Once you can establish that Tylenol adversely affects your baby, you will receive compensation that will cater for the above expenses.
Legal action against Tylenol
So far, the lawsuits against Tylenol have been filed against retailers and not the manufacturers. We believe the victims used this strategy because retailers do not welcome such lousy publicity and are unwilling to spend their limited resources litigating such a case. On the other hand, manufacturers would be more aggressive than retailers and stop at nothing to defend themselves. Approximately 90 lawsuits were filed against acetaminophen across the country. The updates on the Tylenol autism lawsuit indicate that all 90 cases will be transferred and consolidated before Judge Denise L. Cote in Southern New York. The courts anticipate more lawsuits to be filed against Tylenol by the end of the year. This is good news as more parents will get justice for their children living with conditions that would have been avoided.
The average Tylenol Autism lawsuit settlement
It is sad to admit that a significant percentage of Tylenol lawsuits will never reach trial. An even greater percentage of mass tort cases never get too far. Fortunately, with the publicity and traction these lawsuits are getting, we are confident these cases will reach court and eventually settle. Unfortunately, it is too early to determine how much you can expect from the Tylenol autism lawsuit. However, we can be sure that the jury will base the settlement on mass tort projects. We are also unsure whether the scientific research is conclusive enough to cause the claims to reach jury trials. Victims could receive a settlement in excess of $2 million for children on the most severe end of the spectrum, ASD level 3.
How safe is acetaminophen during pregnancy
We cannot refute that medicine is inevitable. After all, you would rather take Tylenol than leave a fever untreated. However, we have also established that high doses of this drug could potentially harm your unborn baby. Therefore, we suggest you take acetaminophen only when necessary. It would also be wise to take the lowest possible dose. If you need constant pain relief, we recommend you talk to your physician and discuss possible alternatives.
Since the damage has been done, it would be wise to move forward and do everything you can to win the case and get your well-deserved settlement. We hope this article has been insightful and helped you learn a few things about Tylenol and its ties to ASD and ADHD.