A growing number of lawsuits are being filed for children who were born with autism after they were exposed to Tylenol (acetaminophen) in the womb.
Need a Texas Tylenol Autism Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If your child or a loved one was born with autism after the mother took Tylenol (acetaminophen) when she was pregnant, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
20% Higher Risk of Autism Linked to High Doses of Acetaminophen
In 2018, a study found a 20% increased risk of autism for children who were born to women who used higher doses of acetaminophen. The researchers warned:
“”Acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for ADHD, ASD, and hyperactivity symptoms.”
Can I File a Lawsuit?
You may qualify to file a lawsuit or join a class action if:
- While pregnant, the mother used at least 10 doses of acetaminophen, as directed by a doctor or healthcare professional
- Acetaminophen could be brand-name Tylenol®, generic acetaminophen, or store-brands from Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Costco, Safeway, etc.
- Had a child who was diagnosed with autism, or needed Individualized Education Program (IEP), or an early intervention program for autism
Our law firm is investigating lawsuits for children who were born before March 26, 2020. We are only accepting cases involving children under 18 years old.
There are other factors that could disqualify you from filing a lawsuit, such as if the mother used alcohol or illegal drugs while pregnant. Contact our law firm to review the specific facts of your case.
Tylenol Autism Lawsuit Filed Against Walmart
In June 2022, Walmart was hit by a Tylenol autism lawsuit after a woman from Seattle blamed the retailer for failing to warn her about the risk.
The woman, Tiffany R., had two children who were later diagnosed with ADHD, including one child who likely has autism.
She said she routinely used Equate®, which is Walmart’s acetaminophen store-brand, “almost every day towards the end of her second trimester and during her third trimester,” due to problems with her hips and food poisoning.
The Tylenol Autism Lawsuit was filed on June 6, 2022 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington — Case 2:22-cv-00777.
Can Taking Tylenol During Pregnancy Cause Autism?
Pregnancy is a painful experience for nearly all women. For decades, doctors have told women that Tylenol (acetaminophen) is one of just a few pain-relieving medications they safely can take during pregnancy.
But in recent years, a growing number of studies have challenged this long-held belief. Now, experts are warning that there may be a link between high doses of acetaminophen during pregnancy and having a baby with Autism or ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).
What Can I Do?
In September 2021, a group of 91 experts published a warning for pregnant women: “Caution needed: paracetamol use in pregnancy.” They warned that acetaminophen could pose serious risks to a developing baby, and recommended:
- Do NOT take acetaminophen unless its use is medically indicated
- Ask a physician or pharmacist if you are not sure if your use of acetaminophen is medically indicated, and before using it on a long-term basis
- Minimize exposure by using the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time
Autism Risk Triples for Babies Born With High Levels of Acetaminophen in Blood
In October 2019, a study funded by the National Institute of Health suggested that high levels of acetaminophen more than tripled a baby’s risk of autism.
The researchers measured acetaminophen levels in umbilical cord blood samples from 966 live births. Then, they divided the levels of acetaminophen in the samples into thirds.
Compared to the lowest third, babies in the top third with the highest levels of acetaminophen in their blood at birth were 3.6-times more likely to have autism and 2.9-times more likely to have ADHD.
Other Studies Linking Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy and Autism
Here are some other examples of recent studies linking acetaminophen use during pregnancy and autism:
- JAMA Psychiatry (2020): Babies born with higher levels of acetaminophen in their blood were more likely to be autistic.
- Johns Hopkins study (2019): Researchers found a 3X increased risk of autism for babies with high levels of acetaminophen in their blood at birth.
- European studies: Since 2013, at least 6 studies in Europe based on over 73,000 mother-child pairs have discovered a link between acetaminophen use in pregnancy and higher rates of autism.
What is Acetaminophen?
Acetaminophen is used to reduce fevers and relieve mild or moderate pain. It is commonly sold under the brand-name Tylenol® by Johnson & Johnson, but acetaminophen is also found in more than 600 other prescription and non-prescription medications, such as Nyquil, Dayquil, Excedrin, Benadryl, and Midol. Acetaminophen may be called “paracetamol” or “APAP” on labels.
What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder that usually show symptoms by the time a child is 2 years old. Autistic children may have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, communication, and more.
The symptoms of autism range from mild to profound, which is why it is called a “spectrum.” Some high-functioning autistic children live independently as adults, while others need lifelong care every day.
The list of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes:
- Autistic Disorder (not otherwise specified)
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- High-functioning autism
- Pervasive developmental disorder
- Childhood disintegrative disorder
Can I Join a Class Action Lawsuit?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognize as a class action law firm in Texas. We are currently investigating lawsuits for children with autism where the mother took at least 10 doses of acetaminophen.
Need a Tylenol Autism Lawyer in Texas?
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