Patients who have had issues with Tylenol (acetaminophen), the popular over-the-counter pain reliever, are considering taking legal action against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the drug’s manufacturer. Many have inadvertently overdosed on the drug, which can cause serious liver damage, or they have been affected by recent quality control problems experienced in plants where it is manufactured. Many individuals are considering joining Tylenol class action lawsuits in the hope of obtaining compensation for the injuries they have suffered.
Class Action vs. Personal Injury Lawsuits
When you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous drug, it is important to explore your legal options when considering filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product.
Typically, joining class action lawsuits is not advisable in cases of personal injury. Class action lawsuits are appropriate when claimants are suing a defendant for exactly the same reason, and if successful, will equally split a single cash award. Injuries sustained by consumers who are victims of dangerous drugs are similar, but will vary in their severity. When personal injury cases are decided in favor of plaintiffs, a jury decides how much compensation to award the plaintiff, based on factors like medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and other adverse circumstances. Moreover, the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit might decide to settle out-of-court with the plaintiff, instead of going to trial.
In April 2013, a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) was formed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, consolidating 27 Tylenol lawsuits that were filed in federal courts nationwide. While each lawsuit maintains its individuality, the group of lawsuits has been assigned to one judge so that pretrial proceedings can be handled more efficiently. Additional lawsuits have since been added to the MDL, as more people come forward to seek compensation for injuries they have suffered after taking Tylenol.
If you are considering filing a Tylenol lawsuit, it is important to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer to determine the best course of action based on the severity of your injuries, medical expenses, and other factors that have impacted your daily life.
The Rottenstein Law Group Advocates for Those Injured by Tylenol
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based, national personal injury law firm that represents individuals who have been injured by dangerous prescription, and over-the-counter drugs, and defective medical devices. Our lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience helping plaintiffs obtain compensation for unforeseen medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
If you feel you have cause to sue McNeil and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of Tylenol, for injuries suffered from recalled Tylenol products, our lawyers are here to help. Fill out the confidential contact form, or call 1-888-976-8529 today, to get your claim evaluated free of charge.