Active lawsuits are being filed against Johnson & Johnson and major retailers selling generic acetaminophen products, such as Walmart, CVS, and Costco. These lawsuits allege negligence and failure to warn the public about potential risks of taking Tylenol during pregnancy, specifically linking prenatal acetaminophen exposure to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
The Autism Tylenol lawsuit
Multiple studies have shown a correlation between prenatal acetaminophen exposure and these disorders. For instance, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reported a 34% risk of ADHD, a 19% risk of autism, and a 24% chance of hyperactivity symptoms in children born to mothers who took acetaminophen during pregnancy.
Litigation is ongoing, with no approved settlements or jury verdicts to date. It is estimated that more than 100,000 victims will file claims in the Tylenol autism lawsuit. Potential claimants include those diagnosed with ADHD and/or ASD following prenatal exposure to acetaminophen, particularly during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
Factors that may affect settlement amounts include medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial damages, as well as loss of quality of life and pain and suffering. With no cures for ADHD or autism, parents of affected children face lifelong management of these conditions, and adults with ADHD or ASD may have diminished earning capacity.
Bellwether trials, or “test” trials, in this litigation may help determine a more accurate case value. Currently, cases are proceeding through discovery, and scientific evidence from experts is being collected.
Tylenol autism and ADHD lawsuits represent a significant area of potential growth and interest. Given the ongoing nature of the litigation and the substantial number of potential claimants, this issue is likely to remain a focal point in the legal landscape for some time.
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