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Can You File A Lawsuit Against Tylenol For Liver Damage?

July 12, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Tylenol is one of the most widely used and trusted pain relievers on the market. As an over the counter (OTC) medication manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, Tylenol can be found in millions of homes and medicine cabinets, providing consumers with relief from headaches, fever, and minor aches and pains. Although its brand recognition is strong, Tylenol is not as safe as many have been led to believe. In fact, the medication has been associated with many cases of liver damage and acute liver failure, even in consumers who used Tylenol as directed.

At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our national trial lawyers represent victims nationwide who have suffered harm as a result of defective and dangerous drugs. If you believe you or a loved one suffered liver damage as a result of using Tylenol, our legal team can help you better understand your rights and whether you might have a valid claim for compensation.

Tylenol & Risks of Liver Damage

Tylenol, a brand name for acetaminophen, is used as an over the counter medication to relieve pain and reduce fevers. While there are known risks to taking Tylenol and acetaminophen in excessive doses, some individuals can experience adverse health consequences, including liver damage, even when taking correct doses as recommended by directions.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Tylenol and acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver failure, accounting for thousands of hospitalizations and over 450 deaths each year. This is due to the fact that Tylenol produces the highly toxic enzyme NAPQI when broken down by the liver.

Many individuals who experienced liver damage and acute liver failure after taking Tylenol have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s alleged failure to properly warned concerns about the risks associated with its product, as well as failures to urge consumers about the importance of seeking immediate medical attention when symptoms of liver failure present themselves, including jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, and confusion.

As a result of lawsuits and FDA investigations, new laws were passed to regulate acetaminophen in prescription painkillers. Johnson & Johnson also reduced its daily maximum dosage from 4,000 mg of Tylenol to 3,000 mg. In February of 2017, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, settlements hundreds of liver damage claims for an undisclosed amount.

Do You Have a Case?

You or a loved one may have a potential case against Tylenol if:

  • You experienced liver damage or acute liver failure after taking Tylenol
  • Your loved one died as a result of liver damage following Tylenol use

Because all cases are unique, it is important for victims who believe they might have a potential case to speak personally with an experienced lawyer from our firm. During a free consultation, our attorneys can help you learn more about your right to compensation, including compensation for damages that include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. With decades of combined experience and considerable insight gained through litigating complex cases involving pharmaceutical companies, you can be confident about placing your trust in Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P.

Call (713) 621-7944 for a FREE Tylenol liver damage case evaluation.