Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim for Taking TylenolDo I have a personal injury claim for taking Tylenol. You may be asking this question if you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of taking this popular pain reliever.
It will probably come as no surprise that millions of Americans have to deal with the problem of pain, every day. Because of this, millions of Americans take prescription pain relievers. In addition, millions more take over-the-counter (OTC) medications for relief of the pain they are experiencing.
Tylenol is one of the most popular and frequently used pain relievers in the United States. The main ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen is also referred to as paracetamol. It is a drug that is classified as an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic. Analgesic is a term for a class of drugs that are used for the purpose of achieving analgesia or relief from pain.
Analgesic medications act in various ways on your peripheral and central nervous systems. They are different from anesthetics, which reversibly eliminate sensation.
Antipyretic medications are substances that reduce fever. They do this by causing your hypothalamus to override an interleukin-induced increase in temperature. Your body then works to lower your temperature, which results in a reduction of your fever.
Variety of conditions
Because Tylenol is a pain reducer and a fever reducer, it is used to treat a variety of conditions. These include toothaches, fevers, colds, backache, arthritis, muscle aches and headache.
However, there are Tylenol users who have suffered liver failure. It has been alleged that the manufacturer of Tylenol knew about the danger of acute liver failure as a result of toxicity and/or overdose and did not take adequate steps to warn the public of this danger.
In addition, lawsuits have been filed which allege that Tylenol products can cause serious liver problems. This includes liver failure, even when the medication is taken as directed and not as a result of overdose.
There are several allegations that have made in regard to Tylenol. These include:
The manufacturer did not properly test Tylenol
Tylenol had inadequate labels, warnings and instructions
Tylenol is defective and unreasonably dangerous
The manufacturer failed to use due care in the design and manufacture of Tylenol so as to avoid the risk of injury to users
Medical providers were not given adequate instruction and training for the appropriate use of Tylenol
The danger of Tylenol-induced liver failure was well-known and well-documented to the manufacturer of the medication for several years
Tylenol has design defects that make it more dangerous than other pain relievers
The manufacturer of Tylenol over-promoted the product, including over-promotion of the products efficacy and safety.
In addition to liver problems, there are other side effects that are possible from taking Tylenol. Some of these are loss of appetite, nausea, itching, upper stomach pain, clay-colored stools, dark urine or jaundice (yellowing of your eyes or skin).
If you or your loved one suffered harm from taking Tylenol, the best thing to do is to call a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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