For many years, Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been the go-to pain reliever for pregnant women. For everyday aches and pains and discomfort associated with pregnancy, doctors and manufacturers of the drug have told women that acetaminophen is the safe choice during their pregnancy. In fact, it’s been marketed for years as the only over-the-counter pain relief drug on the market appropriate for use during pregnancy.
Now, to the shock and devastation of generations of mothers, studies suggest that there’s a clear link between fetal exposure to acetaminophen and the increased likelihood of their child developing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
If you took Tylenol while pregnant, and your child was diagnosed with autism, Fieger Law can help. Our drug injury lawyers will fight for the compensation you need for your family’s future.
Contact us today to learn more. Our consultation is free, so there’s absolutely no risk to share your family’s story with us.
Studies Prove Tylenol Exposure in the Womb May Cause Autism
In the United States, it’s estimated that 65% of pregnant women use acetaminophen, which may explain the significant increase in autism diagnoses over the past couple of decades. Twenty-six studies support the link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and the risk of a child developing autism.
In 2021, many scientists issued a statement alerting the public of this risk, but for many, that knowledge came too late. For decades, pregnant women were not informed about the potential risks for taking Tylenol. Now they’re dealing with the aftermath and overwhelming reality that their child’s autism could have been prevented.
Possible Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder
The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to a range of symptoms and levels of severity associate with autism. It’s important to know what to look for as some signs are more subtle than others.
A few of the most common signs of ASD are:
- Challenges communicating
- Discomfort or difficulty engaging socially
- Repetitive behaviors
- Limited interests or activities
- Difficulty making eye contact with others
The number of children diagnosed with autism has grown significantly in recent years, and it’s possible that exposure to Tylenol in utero is a contributing factor to the increase.
If your child has been diagnosed with autism or is exhibiting any of the above signs after exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy, call our team now for a free consultation.
Don’t Pay for The Pharmaceutical Company’s Negligence
The emotional, mental, and financial costs of managing the care of a child with autism is unknowable. That’s why it’s critical that drug manufacturers are held liable for their neglect.
Families impacted by the negligence of acetaminophen manufacturers have paid a price much greater than any amount of money can repay. Still, all consumers have the right to hold negligent big pharmaceutical companies responsible for their pain and suffering—especially when it affects the health of their child.
Manufacturers of Tylenol had a legal obligation to inform families of the risks associated with their products. Instead, they denied pregnant women the chance to make an informed decision about whether they should take acetaminophen, causing irreparable harm to their children.
The costs families face can include years of medical bills and lost income. This sad reality exists because a pharmaceutical company disregarded the public’s welfare.
Why You Need to Hire a Drug Injury Attorney
Although fighting a drug company may seem like a hopeless and uphill battle, with a law firm that specializes in class action drug injury and negligence lawsuits, your voice can be heard. We work directly with insurance companies, do our own investigation into each case, negotiate with pharmaceutical attorneys, and guide you through the process every step of the way. We have over 70 years of experience as a firm and have won over 165 million-dollar verdicts for clients nationwide.
Contact Fieger Law Today
If your child was diagnosed with autism or you suspect they may be on the spectrum, call us today. We’ll stand up against the manufacturers of Tylenol on your family’s behalf. Our team has years of experience holding drug manufacturers accountable for negligence, and we want to fight for the compensation your family needs now and in the future.