Amid growing concern over the safety of acetaminophen-containing pain relievers, New York personal injury attorneys of The Sanders Firm stand ready to investigate potential Tylenol lawsuits and pursue full and fair compensation on behalf of those who have suffered liver damage or other injuries as a result of the drug.
Because we understand the sense of shock and broken trust that can arise when serious harm comes from using an everyday, over-the-counter drug presumed by most to be safe, our Tylenol lawyers are uniquely qualified to provide compassionate, yet aggressive representation to those who have fallen victim to the negligence of major drug manufacturers.
Tylenol linked to liver injury
As additional plaintiffs begin to learn about the possibility that their acetaminophen use can be linked to liver damage and death, the volume of Tylenol litigation is likely to escalate. If you are among those who suspect they have suffered serious injuries due to the use of these pain relievers, it pays to consult with a team of attorneys well-equipped to gather key evidence, enlist the aid of seasoned medical experts and fight each day to secure the compensation to which you may be entitled. We at The Sanders Firm offer precisely that type of comprehensive approach to every client we serve.
Dangerous drug lawsuits typically aim to establish that a product lacked sufficient warnings of known risks, was designed or manufactured improperly, or was marketed in a negligent manner.
The recent wave of Tylenol liver injury claims make several types of allegations, including:
- Inadequate labeling to warn of known risks of Tylenol liver damage
- Failure to provide medical professionals sufficient information about proper dosing
- Over-promotion of Tylenol as being safe and effective
- Insufficient testing in the face of known side effects
- Design defects that lead to unreasonable danger of liver injury
History of concern about acetaminophen dangers
Alarm over the potential of acetaminophen to cause serious liver damage is not a new phenomenon. In fact, an expert panel assembled by the Food and Drug Administration back in 1977 reported that a “severe liver damage” warning label needed to be placed on acetaminophen products.
However, it was not until 32 years had passed that the FDA actually adopted that recommendation. Further safety measures and regulations that had been supported by multiple advisory committees were similarly disregarded for extended periods of time. Recent years have seen renewed calls for stronger labeling and safety precautions, but formal FDA action has yet to be taken. While the makers of Tylenol have recently added language to labels indicating that the product contains acetaminophen, many advocates feel this is not enough.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 55,000-80,000 annual emergency room visits are the result of acetaminophen overdoses, and roughly 500 deaths are attributable to use of the drug. Though experts affirm that, when taken correctly, Tylenol and other acetaminophen drugs are fundamentally safe, exceeding recommended dosages even slightly can produce catastrophic results. This stands in contrast to other commonly available painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which produce dangerous toxicity only when taken in very large amounts.
Some of the most frightening potential side effects of Tylenol include:
- Sudden liver failure
- Acute liver problems
- Extended hospitalization
- Need for liver transplant
At The Sanders Firm, our philosophy dictates that we provide the finest representation possible to those who have unwittingly fallen victim to products they had every reason to believe were safe. We carefully review the facts of your case, formulate a plan of action and pursue every avenue to help you receive the monetary damage award you need to reclaim your life. Because we undertake personal injury matters on a contingency basis, you will not be responsible for any legal fees unless and until you receive compensation.
Status of Tylenol liver damage litigation
Numerous product liability claims involving Tylenol injuries have been filed across the country, in both state and federal courts. In April of 2013, all federal liver damage cases were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Six bellwether cases will be determined in the spring of 2014 and are expected to be predictive of jury response to evidence and testimony likely to be common in Tylenol complaints.
In addition, over 20 cases are pending in New Jersey, filed by plaintiffs alleging serious injury or death as a result of taking acetaminophen. These claims represent the first large wave of expected litigation over Tylenol labeling and the drug’s associated risk of causing liver damage.
Helping victims secure full and fair compensation
Victims of liver damage or death due to Tylenol use need legal advocates with the demonstrated ability to leverage a talented network of investigators, healthcare experts and support staff to secure maximum compensation. For over 45 years, The Sanders Firm has labored tirelessly on behalf of the injured, helping clients win compensation such as:
- Payment of present and future medical expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Lost wages and reduction in future earning capacity
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Projected loss of financial contribution
If you are contemplating filing a Tylenol lawsuit and wish to explore your options, we hope you will take advantage of our decades of success against pharmaceutical industry giants. Our multifaceted strategy combines technical expertise with the personal attention the victims of serious injuries deserve.
Pursuing a Tylenol liver injury lawsuit
For over four decades, The Sanders Firm has gained recognition among clients and peers alike for our commitment to the rights of injury victims. We take pride in our ability to blend conscientious, empathetic service with unwavering advocacy on behalf of those who have suffered due to the negligence of others. Leveling the playing field in the pursuit of justice is our mission, and we have the resources and integrity clients should demand.
If you or a loved one has had the misfortune of suffering serious liver damage or death due to Tylenol use, we urge you to schedule a free consultation with us by calling 1-800-FAIR-PLAY. A no-charge initial case review will help us begin assessing the facts of your case and determining appropriate avenues of legal recourse.