In This Article:
- Scientific Statistics Between Acetaminophen & Autism
- Tylenol Autism Lawsuits: Who Can File?
- Example Of Tylenol Autism Lawsuit
- Are You Eligible for an Acetaminophen Autism Settlement?
Retail corporations such as Walmart Inc, Costco Wholesale Corp, and more are facing mass tort lawsuits after a recent National Institute of Health study suggested that consuming acetaminophen during pregnancy may cause autism.
Recently, a federal judicial panel ruled to create a mass tort litigation stating that retail corporations failed to notify and warn consumers, doctors, and others that ingesting acetaminophen during pregnancy can cause autism spectrum disorder as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
Even though this information produced by the National Institute of Health is relatively new, the evidence is hard to ignore. St. Louis’ Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated 18 lawsuits for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan.
During its meeting on Thursday, the panel sent another 48 cases to the newly formed multidistrict litigation, stating that all of the cases had similar scientific and legal questions underlying each case.
The lawsuits allege that retailers failed to warn pregnant women about the neurological risks associated with Tylenol products. Therefore, our attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers are reviewing Tylenol and acetaminophen autism lawsuits for parents throughout the state of South Carolina.
Due to the increasing prevalence of autism and ADHD and the popularity of acetaminophen, we have predicted that thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of similar lawsuits, will eventually be filed. If successful, and with the help of an attorney, the victims may receive jury payouts and settlement amounts. Mass tort lawsuits can quickly become difficult to navigate and understand without the assistance of a dedicated and diligent acetaminophen autism lawyer.
To learn more about how The Lovely Law Firm can assist those with questions or concerns pertaining to the acetaminophen autism lawsuits, contact us today for a free case consultation.
Scientific Statistics Between Acetaminophen & Autism
A study conducted by Xiaobing Wang, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health on behalf of the National Institute of Health, has revealed a link between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and autism. Essentially, the study states exposure to acetaminophen in the womb may increase a child’s risk for ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, many are still scratching their heads about how the science provided in this study proves the connection between acetaminophen and autism.
Here’s how they explain it.
Hyperactivity and impulsive behavior are hallmarks of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s behavior, interactions with others, and ability to learn.
A study examining factors influencing pregnancy and child development was conducted by researchers analyzing data from the Boston Birth Cohort.
Umbilical cord blood samples were collected from 996 births and acetaminophen as well as two of its byproducts were measured in each sample. By the time the children were an average of 8.9 years old, 25.8% had been diagnosed with ADHD alone, 6.6% with ASD alone, and 4.2% with both ADHD and ASD. Acetaminophen and its byproducts were classified into thirds by the researchers, from lowest to highest levels.
According to the study, the middle third of exposure was associated with a 2.26 times greater risk of ADHD than the lowest third. There was a 2.86-fold increase in risk associated with the highest third of exposure. As well, those in the middle third (2.14 times) and highest third (3.62) were at greater risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Tylenol Autism Lawsuits: Who Can File?
As one of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers and high fever reducers, Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been linked with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other developmental disorders in pregnant women.
With this news and subsequent lawsuits that have initially been filed, many who have been diagnosed with or have children who have been diagnosed with ASD or ADHD are wondering whether or not they are eligible to file for the mass tort lawsuit as well. Individuals may be eligible to file a Tylenol autism ADHD lawsuit/acetaminophen autism claim if they or a loved one used an acetaminophen product during pregnancy, and the child was subsequently diagnosed with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
However, the best way to know if an individual is eligible or not for an acetaminophen autism settlement is to consult one of our acetaminophen autism attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm.
Example Of Tylenol Autism Lawsuit
Springer v. Costco Wholesale Corp. (0:22-cv-1532) was filed in the District of Minnesota on June 8, 2022, as one of the 47 Tylenol autism lawsuits initially transferred to the new MDL.
In this case, Courtney Springer, a Minnesota woman, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her minor child. During her pregnancy, the plaintiff purchased generic acetaminophen from Costco, which is the sole defendant named in the case. Springer’s Complaint alleges that acetaminophen has been marketed to pregnant women as the only “safe and appropriate” pain reliever to use during pregnancy. As a result of these general allegations, scientific evidence supports the claim that acetaminophen interferes with fetal brain development.
As part of the Complaint, Springer alleges that she purchased Kirkland brand acetaminophen from Costco and that she regularly used it throughout her pregnancy between October 2016 and May 2017. Springer took the Kirkland generic Tylenol “a few times a week” during this period, according to the Complaint. It was assumed that Springer was safe to use acetaminophen during pregnancy, according to her acetaminophen lawsuit.
In her lawsuit, she emphasizes what is at the heart of every Tylenol lawsuit: no warning label suggested a risk of autism. In May 2017, Springer gave birth to a daughter. The daughter of Springer was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at 18 months of age.
The Tylenol autism lawsuit asserts six causes of action:
- Failure to warn
- General negligence
- Breaches of express warranties
- Breaches of implied warranties
- Negligent misrepresentation
- Violations of Minnesota consumer protection laws
Costco is accused of knowing or should have known the link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and autism but continues to sell its Kirkland brand generic Tylenol without any warnings about that link.
This is the general allegation underpinning all of these claims in this Tylenol lawsuit.
Are You Eligible for an Acetaminophen Autism Settlement?
If you think you could have been affected by this newly studied potential link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy causing autism spectrum disorder as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, The Lovely Law Firm is here to help.
The first step to determining whether you have a case is to book a free consultation with one of our acetaminophen autism attorneys here at The Lovely Law Firm.
Walmart Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp aren’t the only companies facing mass tort lawsuits, there will be more. A federal judicial panel ruled to create a mass tort litigation stating that retail corporations failed to notify and warn consumers, doctors, and others that ingesting acetaminophen during pregnancy can cause autism spectrum disorder as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
Our team of personal injury product liability attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm are standing by ready to help. We’ll answer all of your questions and help you learn more about your rights as a consumer.
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