Filing a Claim in the Tylenol® Lawsuit
Tylenol® has been among the most trusted over-the-counter medications since the 1950s, but instances of liver failure related to acetaminophen overdose have prompted many patients to file claims in the Tylenol® lawsuit. Our San Diego, CA, law firm is handling cases for local plaintiffs who have suffered serious injuries connected to use of this medicine.
If you or a loved one have suffered liver toxicity or another serious complication after taking Tylenol®, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Please contact our defective drug attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.
Can you Overdose on Tylenol®?
Many people have suffered liver damage after taking Tylenol®, a brand name for acetaminophen. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Tylenol®, has marketed the medication as a safe and effective treatment for pain, but an increased incidence of complications has raised concerns about its use.
Many common prescription medications, such as Percocet®, contain acetaminophen, and patients are not always made aware of this. When taking Tylenol® in addition to their prescription, there is a serious risk of overdose. Patients also mistakenly believe that there is no danger in combining over-the-counter products, such as Extra Strength Tylenol® for arthritis and a Tylenol® cold symptom treatment.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked manufacturers of prescription acetaminophen to limit the dosage to 325 mg. per tablet and recommended a maximum daily intake of 4,000 mg. However, patients combining medications, including over-the-counter products, have difficulty determining a safe dosage level. Tylenol®’s products include pills of 325 mg., extra strength pills of 500 mg., and cold and flu medication with 650 mg. doses.
Tylenol® is metabolized by the liver, and a build-up of acetaminophen can cause toxicity, which may lead to acute liver damage or failure. Liver failure can be treated with medication if it is caught early on its development. More severe cases will require a transplant before ultimately proving fatal. Additionally, acetaminophen can pass through the placenta in expectant mothers, putting the baby at risk as well.
There are currently more than 220 pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in state and federal courts.
Other adverse complications from Tylenol® include serious and potentially fatal skin reactions, as announced by the FDA in 2013. Specifically, the conditions that have been seen are Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP).
As has happened with many other dangerous drugs, Tylenol® complications have led to numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. There are currently more than 220 pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in state and federal courts. About 200 federal cases have been consolidated in multi-district litigation (MDL) in Philadelphia.
California claimants participating in the MDL will retain their own local attorney and can expect an individualized settlement or award. Our law firm has represented many plaintiffs who have suffered injury from prescription drugs and defective medical devices, and we will work diligently to ensure that our clients are generously compensated for their pain, including physical, emotional and financial losses.
Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse complication after taking Tylenol®, please contact our office to arrange a complimentary case evaluation with one of our pharmaceutical attorneys.