Greeley Lawsuit Against Tylenol for Autism
Ongoing legal action is underway against Tylenol and other medications containing acetaminophen. Discover more about the lawsuit regarding Tylenol's connection to autism and available legal recourse for residents of Greeley, Colorado.
Reasons Behind the Tylenol Lawsuit
Tylenol, a widely used over-the-counter medication for pain and fever, has long been considered safe during pregnancy with no perceived risks to the mother or the baby's development. Recent research suggests the opposite, however.
Numerous studies indicate a link between prenatal Tylenol usage and the emergence of neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Specifically, exposure to certain levels of acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with a heightened risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
Acetaminophen is not limited to Tylenol alone, as it is present in over 600 other medications. Manufacturers and retailers (such as Walmart and other major drugstores) are facing legal action for failing to include pregnancy-related warnings on their acetaminophen-containing products.
Greeley Tylenol Lawsuit: Mass Tort vs. Class Action
The Greeley lawsuit regarding Tylenol and autism isn't actually a lawsuit but a mass tort. Unlike a class action lawsuit where a single entity represents a group in court, in a mass tort, each case is handled individually. This legal approach is used when the harm experienced by a group varies significantly among individuals. Settlement amounts in mass torts tend to be higher for individual plaintiffs compared to class actions.
Tylenol's Link to Autism: Mechanism and Impact
While the exact mechanism remains under study, it is believed that Tylenol disrupts hormone balance and brain signaling pathways in a developing fetus, leading to neurodevelopmental disorders. In the case of autism, oxidative stress induced by the drug might also play a role.
Greeley Autism Statistics
According to the CDC, about 1 in every 101 children in Colorado is diagnosed with autism by age 5. That’s ten percent of all Colorado kids. Greeley’s estimated population in 2022 was 109,209. Nearly 7 percent of this population is under age 5. This means that 764 children in the city could have autism, some possibly due to acetaminophen exposure during pregnancy.
Infant Tylenol Usage and Autism/ADHD
The legal action regarding Tylenol and autism in Greeley isn't limited to mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy. Recent clinical research also suggests a connection between ASD/ADHD and Tylenol usage in infants and young children, particularly during the first four months of life.
Eligibility for the Greeley Tylenol Lawsuit
Research indicates a correlation between the dosage and duration of Tylenol use during pregnancy and the prevalence of ASD/ADHD in children. Most studies have determined that taking the drug for an extended period (between 22-28 days) carries the greatest risk.
Even if Tylenol was not consumed for an extended period, however, there might still be grounds for legal action. If you took Tylenol during pregnancy and your child later developed ASD/ADHD, reach out to Boesen Law's attorneys. We are committed to holding these companies accountable for inadequate labeling and will vigorously pursue fair compensation for affected individuals.
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