Linked Established Between Tylenol and Liver Damage:Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used over the counter (OTC) drugs sold in the United States. Acetaminophen can be found in numerous over the counter and prescription based products including Tylenol, Excedrin, and opiate based Vicodin and Percocet. Based on numerous studies establishing a causal relationship between the intake of acetaminophen and liver failure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established an advisory committee meeting reporting stating, “the taking of more than the recommender amount can cause liver damage ranging from abnormalities in liver function blood tests, to acute liver failure, and even death.”
Get started today by calling (213) 389-3765.Why Does Tylenol Use Lead To Liver Failure: As acetaminophen breaks down in the liver it is converted to the toxic chemical metabolite. Toxic metabolite binds with the structure of the liver resulting in protein breakdown. In a recent study the majority of acute liver failures in the United States is linked to the use of Acetaminophen medication. In reaction the FDA issues a public education campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of Tylenol over used and overdose in the United States. In 2009 the FDA issued a requirement for black box warnings regarding acute liver failure to be immediately placed in products containing acetaminophen. Signs and Symptoms of Liver Failure Resulting from Tylenol Used: Some of the most common signs and symptoms of liver damage due to the intake of acetaminophen used or overdose are provided below. If you are experiencing any such symptoms seek medical attention.
- Acute nausea and a general sense of fatigue including a sense of intense sleepiness
- Jaundice – general yellowing of the skin
- Abdomen become swollen
- Proclivity towards bleeding and bruising easily
- Inability to eat – loss of appetite
Filing a Product Liability Liver Damage Lawsuit Against Tylenol Manufacturers:Dangerous drug injury claims require the proving of one of three distinct product liability causes of action. 1. Defect in the design of the product. 2. Defect in the manufacturing process of the drug. 3. Labeling defect – failure to warn consumers of known or knowable risks associated with the use of the medication. Compensation Available for Victims of Dangerous Drug Side Effects: Victims of acute liver failure are entitled to compensation for injuries suffered due the overdose of Tylenol. The value of a defective drug injury lawsuit is predicated on several interrelated factors. Some of the most important factors in determining the estimated value of a Tylenol acetaminophen liver failure lawsuit are as follows.
- The magnitude and severity of your injuries
- Medical expenses including requirement for liver transplantation and rehabilitation care
- Pain and suffering arising from the injuries suffered
- Lost wages and loss of future income due to medical disability
- Punitive damages – can be awarded when a defendant displays a wanton and or disregard for the life and health of consumers.