Tylenol Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Liver Failure
Patients who have taken Tylenol and suffered from acetaminophen-related liver failure may have legal recourse. It has been alleged that use of the drug, even when taken as directed, can cause serious liver problems. More than two dozen suits have already been filed against McNeil-PPC Inc. alleging that the company knew about the risk of liver failure from overdose and/or toxicity and failed to properly warn consumers and the medical community.
If you or a loved one has suffered liver failure after taking Tylenol, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical bills and other losses. To find out if you could have a claim for compensation, complete our free, no obligation case review form today. There is a time limit for filing claims, so do not hesitate to take advantage of our complimentary case evaluation.
Tylenol Lawsuits: Did McNeil Hide Tylenol’s Risks from Consumers?
In April 2013, 27 Tylenol liver damage lawsuits were consolidated to a single court in Pennsylvania, allowing these cases the chance to be resolved more consistently and efficiently, and to conserve the resources of all parties involved. As of November 2013, 97 Tylenol lawsuits are pending in federal court. These personal injury and wrongful death actions allege that use of over-the-counter Tylenol, in its various forms, caused serious liver damage and/or liver failure. It has also been alleged that:
- The maker of Tylenol knew about the drug’s risk of acetaminophen-induced liver failure for several years
- Tylenol carries a greater risk of injury than other pain-relievers
- The safety and efficacy of Tylenol was over-promoted
- Tylenol was defectively designed
- The maker placed an unsafe and unreasonably dangerous drug into the stream of commerce
How Does Tylenol Cause Liver Damage?
When an individual takes acetaminophen, the liver will metabolize the drug and break it down into other chemicals. Allegedly, a certain portion of acetaminophen is metabolized into a toxic by-product, which, in most cases, will be broken down into a non-toxic chemical. For some patients, however, too much of this toxic by-product will accrue, resulting in liver failure. It has been alleged that the maker of Tylenol knew about this risk, yet failed to provide proper warning to consumers and the medical community.
Acetaminophen Liver Failure FDA Warning
In January 2011, the FDA mandated that all prescription drugs containing acetaminophen include box warnings about the risk of liver damage and imposed a 325 mg limit on the amount of acetaminophen prescription drugs can contain per tablet. This was in an effort to reduce the risk of liver damage to patients taking this medication, as well as to prevent overdoses in patients who are unaware that they are taking acetaminophen pills, such as Tylenol, along with prescription drugs containing the same ingredient.
Lawsuits for Tylenol Liver Failure
If you or a loved one has suffered from liver failure after taking Tylenol, you may have legal recourse to recover compensation for damages. These damages may include compensation for medical bills, physical pain, lost wages and other economic and non-economic losses, such as loss of life’s enjoyment. To learn more about your legal options, fill out our free case review form today. There is a time limit for filing claims, so do not hesitate to contact us today for more information.