Tylenol Autism ADHD Lawsuit in Centennial, Colorado
Ongoing legal proceedings are underway against Tylenol and other medications containing acetaminophen in relation to autism and ADHD, impacting residents of Centennial, Colorado. Learn more about this lawsuit and the available legal options for those affected.
Background of the Tylenol Lawsuit
Tylenol, a commonly used over-the-counter remedy for pain and fever, has historically been deemed safe during pregnancy, posing no perceived risks to maternal health or fetal development. However, recent research contradicts this notion.
Emerging studies suggest a potential correlation between prenatal Tylenol use and the onset of neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Specifically, exposure to certain levels of acetaminophen during pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
Acetaminophen isn't exclusive to Tylenol: it is present in over 600 other medications. Overseas, it is usually referred to as paracetamol. Manufacturers and retailers, including major stores like Walmart, face legal action for neglecting to include pregnancy-related warnings on their products containing acetaminophen/paracetamol.
Centennial Tylenol Lawsuit is Actually a Mass Tort
The lawsuit in Centennial pertaining to Tylenol and autism actually constitutes a mass tort rather than a class action. Unlike a class action where a single entity represents a group in court, each case in a mass tort is handled individually.
A mass tort is appropriate when the harm experienced by affected individuals varies. Settlement amounts are awarded on a case-by-case basis, with the amounts reflecting the severity of physical and emotional damages.
How Does Tylenol Cause ADHD and Autism?
While the precise mechanism is still being studied, it is believed that Tylenol disrupts hormone balance and brain signaling pathways in a developing fetus, potentially leading to neurodevelopmental disorders. Oxidative stress induced by the drug could also play a role in the development of autism.
Centennial, CO Autism Statistics
Statistics from the CDC reveal that about 1 in every 101 children in Colorado receives an autism diagnosis by age 5 (approximately 10 percent). Centennial has a population of 5716 children under age 5. This means that 571 children in the city could receive an autism diagnosis, some potentially due to acetaminophen exposure during pregnancy. And this is not accounting for the children who are diagnosed after age 5.
Infant Tylenol Usage and Autism/ADHD
The legal action concerning Tylenol and autism in Centennial isn't solely centered around the children of mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy. Recent clinical studies also suggest a correlation between ASD/ADHD and Tylenol use in infants and young children, especially during the first four months of life. This means that parents of children with autism and ADHD who were also given Tylenol during early days after birth may have cause for legal action as well.
Eligibility for the Centennial's Tylenol Lawsuit
Research indicates a link between the dosage and duration of Tylenol use during pregnancy and the prevalence of ASD/ADHD in children. Most studies suggest that prolonged use (between 22-28 days) poses the highest risk.
However, even if Tylenol wasn't taken for an extended period, there may still be grounds for legal action. If you consumed Tylenol during pregnancy and your child later developed ASD/ADHD, contact the attorneys at Boesen Law. We are dedicated to holding these companies accountable for the failure to warn mothers and doctors and will vigorously pursue fair compensation for affected individuals.
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