Tylenol® Autism and ADHD Lawsuit

Tylenol® (also called acetaminophen or paracetamol) is a common over-the-counter medication for cold or pain relief. For years, taking Tylenol while pregnant was generally thought to be safe.

However, the use of Tylenol during pregnancy has now been linked to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Autism & ADHD Linked to Taking Tylenol While Pregnant

Recent studies suggest that taking Tylenol (the brand name of the painkiller acetaminophen) during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

“The analysis revealed a 20% higher risk of autism and a 30% higher risk of ADHD for children who had prolonged exposure to acetaminophen in the womb.”
– The Cleveland Clinic

That risk could be even higher if Tylenol use happened for longer periods or later in the pregnancy — like during the second and third trimester — according to UCLA Health.

However, Tylenol manufacturer Johnson & Johnson neglected to update the product’s label to warn families about the risks of taking Tylenol while pregnant. Thousands of children may now be affected by something that could have potentially been avoided.

Now, to seek justice and hold the company accountable, many families across the country are filing Tylenol lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and the pharmacies responsible.

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NIH Research on Dangers of Tylenol During Pregnancy

A September 2021 study from the National Institute of Health (NIH) identified potential specific risks associated with the use of paracetamol or acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy and found the following:

"Additionally, epidemiological studies consistently suggest prenatal [acetaminophen] exposure might increase the risk of adverse neurodevelopmental and behavioural outcomes, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, language delay (in girls) and decreased intelligence quotient."
– National Institute of Health (NIH) Study
"Paracetamol use during pregnancy — a call for precautionary action"

Tylenol Autism & ADHD Lawsuit 2023 Update

Multiple lawsuits have already been filed by families who believe that Tylenol exposure during pregnancy may be to blame for their child’s condition.

Tylenol autism and ADHD claims allege that:

  • Taking Tylenol during pregnancy caused their child to develop autism and/or ADHD
  • Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known about the risks of their product
  • The warning label on the product failed to notify the public of these risks

As a result, Tylenol autism and ADHD lawsuits seek compensation for the children and families whose lives have been affected by the company’s negligence.

Tylenol Autism & ADHD Lawsuit Payouts

Tylenol autism & ADHD lawsuit payouts could award affected families with financial compensation that can help cover the child’s treatment and care.

Potential Tylenol ADHD and autism lawsuit payout amounts may be influenced by:

  • How severely the condition impacts the child’s quality of life
  • The cost of any past or future medical expenses (like doctor visits, therapy sessions, medications, and more)
  • Loss of earning capacity for the child or lost wages for the parent
  • Additional expenses related to the condition (caregivers or assisted living devices)
  • Pain and suffering

Who Can File a Tylenol Lawsuit for Autism & ADHD?

You may be able to file a lawsuit against Tylenol for autism or ADHD if:

  • Tylenol was taken during the second or third trimester of the pregnancy
  • Your child has since been diagnosed with ASD or ADHD

Not sure about your options? Our team can let you know if you may be eligible to take legal action — for free.

Contact Sokolove Law now by calling (800) 995-1212 or filling out our contact form.

How to File a Lawsuit Against Tylenol for Autism & ADHD

If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from exposure to Tylenol during pregnancy, your family deserves justice.

By working with an experienced law firm like Sokolove Law, you can leave the legal process to our lawyers while you focus on your family.

Generally speaking, your lawyer and legal team can:

  • Determine your eligibility to take legal action during a free consultation
  • Gather the evidence and medical records to substantiate your claim
  • File your Tylenol birth defects lawsuit within any state deadlines
  • Negotiate a potential Tylenol autism and ADHD lawsuit payout
  • Pursue a verdict in court before a judge and jury who will decide the case

Our team only gets paid if your case results in compensation, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action either.

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Over the last 40+ years, our lawyers have recovered over $8.8 Billion for clients nationwide, including over $1.5 Billion specifically for families affected by dangerous drugs and medical devices. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you.

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Tylenol Linked to ADHD and Autism Lawsuit FAQs

Can you take Tylenol while pregnant?

Taking Tylenol or acetaminophen during pregnancy is generally believed to be safe in moderation and when taken earlier in the pregnancy (like in the first trimester).

However, recent studies have connected the prolonged use of Tylenol during pregnancy to higher risks of autism and ADHD in children. This risk was found to become higher when the painkiller was taken throughout the second and third trimesters.

Affected families may be able to file a Tylenol during pregnancy ADHD and autism lawsuit for compensation.

Does Tylenol cause birth defects?

Potentially, yes. Taking Tylenol or acetaminophen while pregnant has been shown to increase the risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other developmental delays.

If your child was exposed to Tylenol before birth and later diagnosed with autism or ADHD, contact Sokolove Law today. You may be eligible to pursue compensation from a Tylenol birth defects lawsuit.

What determines Tylenol ADHD & autism lawsuit settlement amounts?

While there’s no guarantee of a settlement in any case, a potential Tylenol autism or ADHD lawsuit payout may ultimately be influenced by a variety of unique factors in each claim.

In general, Tylenol ADHD and autism lawsuit settlement amounts may take into account:

  • How severe the symptoms or health effects are
  • Any lost wages by the parent or guardian for caregiving
  • Loss of earning capacity for the child
  • Past and future medical expenses (doctor appointments, medications, and more)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

See if you may be able to pursue Tylenol ADHD/autism lawsuit compensation — for free. Contact Sokolove Law today.

Is the Tylenol autism lawsuit real?

Yes. Sadly, the use of Tylenol or acetaminophen during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

The Tylenol autism lawsuit presents a real opportunity for many families to get the justice and compensation they deserve — and there’s still time for you to get involved. Get a free case review now to learn more.

Is there a class action lawsuit against Tylenol for autism and ADHD?

Not yet. Tylenol lawsuits for autism and ADHD are being filed all across the country, but they haven’t been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) or class action lawsuit at this point.

Can taking Tylenol while pregnant cause ADHD?

It’s possible, yes. Unfortunately, taking acetaminophen or Tylenol while pregnant has been shown to increase the risk of the child developing ADHD and other serious conditions.

Children were 50% more likely to develop ADHD if their mother used Tylenol for more than 20 weeks of the pregnancy, according to a study by UCLA.

Because manufacturers failed to warn consumers about these risks, however, parents may be able to take legal action to pursue compensation for what happened.

Learn more about filing a Tylenol during pregnancy ADHD lawsuit for your child. Call (800) 995-1212 now. It costs nothing to contact us.

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Last modified: January 17, 2023

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  3. Cleveland Clinic. "Pregnancy: Does Acetaminophen Heighten Risk for Autism or ADHD?" Retrieved from: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/pregnancy-does-acetaminophen-heighten-risks-for-autism-adhd/. Accessed on September 20, 2022.
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