For decades, Tylenol (acetaminophen) was widely marketed as the safest over-the-counter painkiller. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that Tylenol can cause serious liver damage. It is actually the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Victims of Tylenol side effects may quality for compensation through a New Jersey Tylenol lawsuit.
Need a Tylenol Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of New Jersey who was injured by liver damage after taking Tylenol, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a New Jersey Tylenol lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
Tylenol Lawsuits Centralized in Federal Litigation
Tylenol lawsuits in New Jersey and throughout the United States have been centralized in the following litigation:
- Tylenol MDL #2436 — Tylenol (acetaminophen) Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation
These lawsuits allege that drug-makers McNeil-PPC and Johnson & Johnson did not adequately warn about the risk of severe liver injury. The lawsuits have been centralized in a federal court in Pennsylvania before Judge Lawrence F. Stengel.
The Multi-District Litigation (MDL) is similar to a Tylenol class action lawsuit, but there are some important differences — individual lawsuits stay independent, plaintiffs retain their own legal counsel, and compensation is not shared with other members of a class action.
What is Tylenol?
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an analgesic medication that reduces fever and alleviates mild to moderate pain. It has been sold over-the-counter since the 1960s. In 2005, U.S. consumers purchased more than 28 billion doses of Tylenol products. Today, over 600 medications contain Tylenol (click here for a list of prescription Tylenol products).
What is the problem with Tylenol?
The problem with Tylenol is that accidental overdoses — even small overdoses — can cause severe liver damage and even death. Despite efforts in the 1990s to reduce the incidence of liver injury, Tylenol is still a leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States. In 2011, the FDA issued a Tylenol Liver Toxicity Warning and restricted the dose of Tylenol to 325-mg per tablet.
How Common is Liver Injury Due to Tylenol Overdose?
- From 1998-2003, Tylenol was the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S.
- In 2007, Tylenol was associated with 1,600 cases of acute liver failure, and 48% of these cases were accidental.
- Poison Control Centers receive over 100,000 calls about Tylenol overdoses every year.
- 56,000 people visit an emergency department following a suspected Tylenol overdose.
- 26,000 people are hospitalized for Tylenol-induced liver damage.
- 450 people die from liver failure caused by Tylenol.
Symptoms of Liver Damage
Liver damage symptoms may be mild, vague, and easily mistaken for other illnesses, like the flu. Even in cases of severe liver damage, symptoms may not appear for a day or two. The symptoms may even disappear for 12-24 hours, but this is actually when liver damage begins. Major overdoses of Tylenol can cause fatal liver failure within 48-72 hours. Full recovery can take up to three months.
Symptoms of liver damage from Tylenol may include:
- Abdominal pain (usually in the upper-right side)
- Liver is swollen or tender
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Fatigue, sleepiness
- Indigestion or diarrhea
- Confusion, disorientation
- Loss of consciousness
- Encephalitis (swelling in the brain)
- Dark urine and/or pale stools
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Do I Have a New Jersey Tylenol Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tylenol lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Tylenol lawsuits in New Jersey.
Free New Jersey Tylenol Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Tylenol, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a New Jersey Tylenol lawsuit and we can help.