For decades, Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been associated with an epidemic of accidental overdoses, liver damage, liver failures, and death. In 2011, the FDA and drug-makers attempted to address the problem by lowering the maximum daily dose to 325-mg per dose, and 3,000-mg per day. Unfortunately, our Tylenol lawyers are concerned that these actions were too little, too late for thousands of people who were injured or killed.
Need a Tylenol Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of Oklahoma who was injured by Tylenol, contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. If you file an Oklahoma Tylenol lawsuit, you could receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses and rehabilitation
- Lost wages or employment
- Disability or long-term injuries
- Wrongful death
- Punitive damages
What is the problem?
Tylenol (acetaminophen) has a sparkling reputation as a safe drug, and it is remarkably safe at normal doses. The problem is that overdoses — even small, accidental overdoses of over-the-counter Tylenol — are a leading cause of liver injury and liver failure in the United States.
According to the FDA, daily doses of Tylenol as low as 2,500-mg have been linked to rare cases of liver injury. In most cases, however, healthy adults can handle up to 3,000-mg in 24 hours (or six Extra Strength Tylenol). Taking more than this amount can result in an overdose and liver damage.
It is very easy to overdose on Tylenol and suffer hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity). Over 600 products contain Tylenol, and overdoses often occur when people do not realize they are taking more than one product containing acetaminophen. Tylenol may also be confusingly listed on ingredient labels as APAP, AC, Paracetamol, Acetam, and more.
Hepatotoxicity occurs when the liver cannot safely remove Tylenol from the body. When Tylenol is metabolized by the liver, it is converted into a highly-toxic compound called NAPQI. The liver must combine NAPQI with a substance called gluthathione. There is only so much gluthathione in the liver — after an overdose, excess NAPQI causes extensive cell death, tissue damage, inflammation, and liver damage.
Tylenol Liver Damage Symptoms
- Pain or tenderness in the liver (upper-right side of the abdomen)
- Yellow discoloration of skin, eyes (jaundice)
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Encephalitis (swelling in the brain)
- Loss of consciousness
- Diarrhea or indigestion
- Pale or clay-colored stools
- Dark or cola-colored urine
- And more
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Tylenol lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP can help you by:
- Evaluating your case for free. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win a favorable outcome in your case.
- Talking to you about your legal options. Dozens of Tylenol lawsuits have been filed in state and federal litigation. We can also talk to you about the pros and cons of a Tylenol class action lawsuit.
- If you decide to file a claim, we will gather evidence of your injury and expenses. This may include medical records, hospital bills, receipts, pay stubs, depositions and testimony from witnesses, and more.
- Fighting for your right to compensation. You are not alone — thousands of people have been injured, and over 80 lawsuits have been filed against McNeil and Johnson & Johnson.
Need a Tylenol Lawyer?
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 Oklahoma.
Free Oklahoma Tylenol Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Tylenol, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our Tylenol lawyers can help.