Acetaminophen, the generic form of Tylenol®, is the cause to more than 50,000 emergency room visits due to liver-related injuries each year.
Tylenol lawsuits are now being filed by users who believe they suffered liver damage or liver failure as a result of taking the popular pain reliever. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the manufacturers of Tylenol, knew about these risks. Furthermore, the companies failed to warn consumers about Tylenol liver damage risks.
The class action lawyers at Gordon & Doner are currently reviewing potential injury claims and can help you determine if you may be eligible to file a Tylenol liver damage lawsuit.
Tylenol Linked to Liver Injuries
When an individual takes Tylenol, the liver will metabolize and break down the drug into other chemicals. If the person’s body is producing adequate amounts of glutathione, the liver will break down NAPQI, a toxic byproduct produced during the metabolizing of Tylenol, into a non-toxic chemical. However, for some patients, an excessive amount of NAPQI could result in different types of liver injuries.
Symptoms of Tylenol liver damage can appear immediately or over an extended period of time. Some common signs of liver damage include:
- Pain in the upper right abdomen
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Confusion and disorientation
If you believe you suffered liver injuries after taking Tylenol, contact Gordon & Doner for more information on filing a Tylenol lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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Who May be at Greater Risk?
Consumers who are undernourished or fasting may be at greater risk of acetaminophen-related liver damage as their bodies could fail to properly process the drug. Patients taking prescribed medication along with Tylenol may also be at risk for liver injuries or an overdose.
More than 100 Tylenol lawsuits have been filed as of February 2014. In April 2013, these lawsuits were consolidated to a single federal court to conserve resources, allow for more pretrial rules and to eliminate duplicate efforts in finding evidence, such as medical documents and procuring depositions taken.
FDA Warnings and Recalls
In 2009, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required over-the-counter manufacturers of pain relievers to add a warning about internal bleeding and liver damage. Two years later, the company limited the dosage of acetaminophen in prescription drugs to 325 milligrams per dose; this was also when they required the addition of a boxed warning.
In January 2011, the FDA released a drug safety communication asking drug manufacturers to limit the strength of acetaminophen products and add a boxed warning highlighting the risk for allergic reactions and liver damage. That same year, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl. It was found that there had been some “manufacturing deficiencies,” which could cause there to be a higher concentration of an active ingredient that is unspecified. It was around this time that three Tylenol manufacturing plants were put under the supervision of the FDA.
Three years later, in 2014, Johnson & Johnson launched a campaign aimed at cautioning consumers about exceeding the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen by combining drugs.
Contact our Tylenol Lawsuit Lawyers
If you or someone you love suffered from Tylenol liver damage, it is important to contact a reputable, experienced attorney to determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit for damages.
The legal issues presented by these types of lawsuits can be complex. At Gordon & Doner, we believe that Johnson & Johnson needs to be held accountable for failing to carry adequate warnings, failing to provide adequate training and instruction for medical providers, and for failing to use due care in designing this over-the-counter medication.
A Tylenol lawsuit can provide victims with the opportunity to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering. In cases where a loved one passed away as a result of liver failure after taking Tylenol, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Contact Gordon & Doner to determine your legal options. With a strong track record of success, you can rest assured our attorneys will do everything they can to obtain the compensation you deserve.