Tylenol Liver Damage Class Action Lawsuits

Since its release in the 1950s, Tylenol has become one of the most dependable over-the-counter pain pills. Recent research has linked the prominent drug to some very serious and unforeseen side effects, however. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that when taken in high does, the acetaminophen in Tylenol has the potential to cause severe liver damage that could necessitate a transplant or even be fatal.

J&J Implements New Labeling Requirements for Tylenol

In response to the FDA’s findings, Johnson & Johnson implemented new labeling requirements for Tylenol that reduced the maximum dauly dosage from 4,000 milligrams to 3,000 milligrams. Tylenol labels formerly recommended taking no more than eight pills per day. The newer labels now warn users not to exceed six pills within a twenty-four hour period.

How Does Tylenol Cause Liver Damage?

When ingested, acetaminophen attaches to sulphate and glucuronide molecules in the body until excretion. Sulphate and glucuronide alone are harmless, but when acetaminophen saturates these molecules, a toxic metabolite known as NAPQI starts to accumulate in the liver. Liver damage and even acute liver failure becomes increasingly likely as the NAPQI volume increases. The higher the Tylenol dose, the more likely the sulphate and glucuronide molecules will become saturated and kick-start the toxic process.

Lawsuits Over Tylenol Liver Damage

Ever since these new risks came to light, victims of Tylenol-related liver damage have begun filing lawsuits against J&J all around the country. Johnson & Johnson recently filed a petition to have all New Jersey Tylenol lawsuits consolidated before one judge in Middlesex County, and other states have similarly designated specific courts to handle consolidated Tylenol litigation. Federal Tylenol cases have been consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (MDL-2436).

Tylenol Class Action Lawsuits

The state and federal consolidated Tylenol lawsuits mentioned above are not class action lawsuits. Each individual case still has a potential for its own trial and damages award. Those cases that do end up joined in a class action will be decided by one single trial. After the trial, any compensation awarded is divided up equally among the members of the class. The fact that a class action exists, however, does not mean that everyone who is eligible to join is required to join. Any eligible claimant can still go to another lawyer who will file a separate lawsuit on your behalf. You could then have a separate trial just for your case. You could also benefit from extra personal attention your attorney can pay to the specifics of your lawsuit.

Contact RLG for a Free Tylenol Lawsuit Consultation

The Rottenstein Law Group’s experienced attorneys are always be available to give you a complimentary review of your potential claim and a thorough explanation of all the legal ins and outs. If you suffered an adverse reaction to Tylenol, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and even pain and suffering. RLG’s attorneys have more than 25 years of collective experience taking on big pharmaceutical companies and helping countless injured consumers obtain the compensation they deserve. To find out whether you have a valid claim for a Tylenol lawsuit, fill out this form or call 1 (888) 976-8529.

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