Tylenol Autism Lawsuit in Fort Collins
There is ongoing legal action being taken against Tylenol and the makers of other acetaminophen-containing drugs. Continue reading for more information about the Tylenol autism lawsuit, and what legal options residents of Fort Collins have.
Why is Tylenol Being Sued?
Tylenol is a prominent brand name for acetaminophen, a widely used over-the-counter medication for pain and fevers. It has long been touted as completely safe for use in pregnancy, with no risks to either the mother or growing baby.
Recent research suggests the contrary, however. Many studies have confirmed a link between prenatal Tylenol use and the presence of neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Namely, children exposed to certain levels of acetaminophen in the womb have a greater risk of developing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
It is not just Tylenol that contains acetaminophen. In fact, there are at least 600 other medications that contain the drug. These manufacturers as well as the businesses that sell them (like Walmart and other major drugstores) are being sued for failing to include warnings on the label about the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy.
Fort Collins Tylenol Lawsuit vs Mass Tort
The Fort Collins Tylenol autism lawsuit is not actually a lawsuit, but a mass tort. In a class action lawsuit, the interests of a group of similarly affected individuals are represented by one person or entity in court. The outcome of that one proceeding is then shared among the members of the class action.
In a mass tort, each case is handled individually. This is applicable when the harm done to a large group of people varies significantly. For example, one child may have a high functioning form of ADHD, whereas another has nonverbal ASD. While both children have been affected by acetaminophen, one could argue that the nonverbal autistic child will require greater care and be affected more noticeably. This can translate to a larger settlement.
In general, settlement amounts for mass torts are higher for the plaintiff in mass torts, since they are not shared among a large group of people.
How Does Tylenol Cause Autism in Children?
While studies are ongoing as to the exact mechanism, it is thought that Tylenol interferes with hormone balance and brain signaling pathways in a developing fetus. In the case of autism, it may also be related to oxidative stress caused by the drug.
Fort Collins Autism Statistics
The CDC estimates that about 1 in every 101 children is diagnosed with autism in Colorado by age 5. As of 2022, thepopulation of Fort Collins was reported to be 169,249, around 4 percent of which are aged 5 and under. If we apply the CDC’s estimate, as many as 677 children could have autism in Fort Collins, potentially caused by acetaminophen use during pregnancy.
Can You Give Infants Tylenol?
The Fort Collins Tylenol autism legal proceedings are not limited to mothers who took acetaminophen while pregnant. Clinical research is also showing a link between ASD and ADHD and Tylenol in infants and children after birth. The risk is especially high in the first four months of life.
Who Qualifies for the Fort Collins Tylenol Lawsuit?
Medical studies are revealing a positive correlation between the dose of Tylenol and the length of time it was taken and the prevalence of ASD and ADHD in children. A 2018 study found a 30 percent increase in ADHD and a 20 percent increase in ASD in children of women who took Tylenol for an extended period of time. This was defined as between 22 and 28 days.
That being said, even if you did not take Tylenol or a related product for an extended period of time, you may still have reason to pursue legal action. Continued research supports the inclusion of a warning on all acetaminophen-containing medications so pregnant women and their doctors can make informed decisions.
If you took Tylenol at any point during your pregnancy and your child subsequently developed ASD and/or ADHD, contact the attorneys at Boesen Law. We are passionate about holding these companies accountable for their dangerous label omissions and will fight tirelessly to help you claim just compensation.
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