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Tylenol Autism Lawsuit

Tylenol Linked to Autism in Class Action

A substantial increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism has the medical community trying to determine potential causes and risk factors. Recent research indicates a possible link between Tylenol taken during pregnancy and the development of the disorder. If your child was diagnosed with autism after you took Tylenol while pregnant, you may be able to take legal action.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we are currently investigating and accepting claims related to Tylenol Autism lawsuits. Our experienced attorneys will help you understand your rights and determine the best course of legal action based on the circumstances of your case. If your child was diagnosed with autism after you took Tylenol while pregnant, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation. 

What Is Autism?

Autism refers to a wide range of conditions that can affect a person’s communication, behavior, and development. Also referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the condition may be diagnosed as early as 2 or 3 years old. While there is no cure for the condition, early intervention can help to ensure your child receives the support they need.

How Prevalent Is Autism?

The number of individuals who have been diagnosed with autism has rapidly increased over the past few years as the medical community has become more adept at identifying its signs and symptoms. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 1 in 36 children are diagnosed with autism. The rise in the number of cases is concerning, given that in the past, it was unknown what caused the condition or increased a person’s risk of being on the spectrum. 

What Causes Autism?

It is generally agreed that there is no single cause of autism. The disorder may develop from a number of factors, including genetic and environmental influences. Recent studies, however, indicate that there may be an increased risk of a child’s development of autism when a mother takes Tylenol during pregnancy. 

As reported by the Cleveland Clinic, the studies show a higher risk of autism when there is “prolonged exposure to acetaminophen during fetal development.” Acetaminophen is the generic name for the pain reliever Tylenol. Tylenol is available over-the-counter but can be prescribed by a physician at higher doses. 

What Links Mothers Taking Tylenol While Pregnant with Autism?

Multiple studies now link the use of Tylenol while pregnant with an increased risk that a child may develop autism. 

One study, reported on by Johns Hopkins University, found that children with high levels of acetaminophen in their cord blood samples were around 3x more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 

An increased risk appears to come with prolonged use of the drug as opposed to rare or intermittent use to reduce fever.  

Are There Current Tylenol Autism Lawsuits?

There is currently litigation pending against multiple manufacturers of drugs containing acetaminophen, including the maker of Tylenol, Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson acquired the original manufacturer of the drug, McNeil Consumer Products. 

Acetaminophen comes in a number of products, including:

  • Excedrin
  • Tylenol
  • Nyquil
  • Dayquil
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus
  • Mucinex
  • Robitussin

Lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers and distributors who sold acetaminophen. Litigation continues to grow against companies who manufactured or sold the drug. Some of the largest retailers include CVS, Target, and Walmart.  It is alleged that the product did not contain adequate warnings about the potential for an increased risk of neurological and developmental disorders if taken when pregnant. 

What to Do After an Autism Diagnosis

If your child is diagnosed with autism, you will want to keep a detailed record of anything that is said or done related to your child’s condition. The more information you can provide, the stronger your case will be. As most cases are in their early stages, we are uncertain of how each case will resolve.

As soon as you are able you need to consider consulting with a qualified product liability lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand your family’s rights, including your right to compensation. Currently, there are cases reported from all 50 states. 

Contact Our Office to Schedule a Free Consultation 

Was your child diagnosed with autism after you took Tylenol during pregnancy? You might be able to take legal action against the party that caused you harm. It is strongly recommended that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation. 

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we know the impact a diagnosis of autism can have, which is why we are here to help. We believe in fighting for our clients and fighting to ensure that others do not sustain the same kind of harm. By shedding light on things like a failure to warn, manufacturers can be held accountable for unsafe products that make it to market. Call our office today to speak directly with a member of our legal team.

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