Tylenol Lawsuit Claims Center
The safety of Tylenol, one of the most popular over-the counter drugs on the market, has come into question, as more and more people pursue a Tylenol lawsuit after suffering sudden liver failure following the use of a Tylenol- brand product. Many would be shocked to learn that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and Tylenol-brand drugs, is the leading cause of liver failure In the U.S. Anyone who experienced liver failure within a week of using a Tylenol-brand medication, or their surviving family members, may be eligible for compensation if their injury resulted in:
- Need for a liver transplant
Dozens of Tylenol lawsuits involving liver failure allegations are already pending in Pennsylvania federal court. Considering how ubiquitous the presence of Tylenol-brand medicines are in most U.S. households, it’s possible that hundreds, even thousands, of claims could ultimately be filed in this litigation. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating Tylenol liver failure claims right now, and the firm is offering free case evaluations to alleged victims and their families. To find out if you qualify for a Tylenol lawsuit, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today, at.
Tylenol Liver Failure Warnings
Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Tylenol has been on the market for decades. It’s a rare American family that does not have at least one Tylenol product in its medicine cabinet. In addition to being marketed as Tylenol, a stand-alone painkiller, acetaminophen is also available in myriad other Tylenol-brand drugs, including, but not limited to, Tylenol PM, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain, and Tylenol Cold & Flu, as well as a number of Tylenol infants’ and children’s products.
In addition to Tylenol, acetaminophen is found in dozens of other over-the-counter painkiller and cold medicines. Liver injury from a Tylenol overdose is a real possibility if an individual unknowingly takes a Tylenol product and another acetaminophen-containing drug within too short of a time span. One study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 2011 found that taking even slightly too much Tylenol over a number of days could result in a deadly overdose.
Because consumers are so familiar with Tylenol, most consider the drug to be extremely safe. But according to data from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), liver failure associated with acetaminophen results in 450 deaths each year and 25,000 hospitalizations. In 2011, as plaintiffs were just beginning to file Tylenol lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson reduced the recommended maximum dosage on Tylenol and other acetaminophen drugs from 4,000 mg per day to 3,000. The announcement followed a decision by the FDA to place limits on the amount of acetaminophen used in prescription drugs.
In August 2013, after being named in more than 80 Tylenol lawsuits involving liver failure allegations, Johnson & Johnson announced that would be modifying the label of most Tylenol products with red warnings to alert consumers about the potentially fatal risk of Tylenol overdose. The warnings, which Johnson & Johnson said would appear on the cap of each bottle, would read: “CONTAINS ACETAMINOPHEN” and “ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.”
Symptoms of Tylenol Liver Failure
Plaintiffs in Tylenol lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to provide the public with adequate warnings about the risk for Tylenol overdose and related liver injuries. They also fault the company for failing to advise consumers to seek immediate medical attention if they or a loved one experience any Tylenol liver failure symptoms following use of a Tylenol product, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme fatigue
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Flu-like symptoms
Has There Been a Tylenol Class Action Lawsuit?
Lawsuits involving liver failure are being filed as individual actions, rather than Tylenol class action lawsuits. Alleged victims of Tylenol liver damage range from infants to the elderly, and the severity of their injuries vary widely. As such, potential recoveries are likely to differ greatly from case to case. A Tylenol class action lawsuit would only be suitable if all plaintiffs could expect the same level of compensation.
Federally-filed Tylenol liver failure lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While the multidistrict litigation will allow for the coordination of discovery and other pretrial matters, unlike a Tylenol class action lawsuit, each claim filed in the proceeding will retain its own identity. If any particular lawsuit is not resolved during the course of the multidistrict litigation, it will be returned to the court were it was originally filed for trial.
Learn More about Filing a Tylenol Lawsuit
Victims of Tylenol liver failure may be entitled to compensation for all of their injury-related damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Wrongful Death.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has helped hundreds of people injured by defective drugs obtain the compensation they deserve. If you or someone you care about experienced sudden liver failure resulting in hospitalization, the need for a liver transplant, or death, shortly after using a Tylenol-brand medication, please contact our office at to learn more about filing a Tylenol lawsuit today.