Five Tylenol Liver Damage Lawsuits Filed

Five Tylenol liver damage lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in Pennsylvania state court last week.

Law360 (subscription required) reports that the suits claim that the painkiller acetaminophen found in various Tylenol products caused severe liver damage or liver failure in the plaintiffs and led to three hospitalizations and two deaths.

McNeill Consumer Healthcare and McNeill-PPC Inc., subsidiaries of J&J, are also named in the complaints.

Two of the suits are on behalf of a Texas woman and a California woman who died after allegedly taking different Tylenol products and suffering liver failure. The three living plaintiffs, who live in West Virginia, Texas and Delaware, all allege that they were hospitalized with liver failure after using either Extra Strength Tylenol or Tylenol PM, writes Law360.

Despite knowledge of the possibility of severe liver damage due to acetaminophen usage, J&J failed to warn the users about the risks, claim all the suits.

To avert the risk of acetaminophen overdoses in users, the company announced in July 2011 that it would lessen the maximum daily dose of Extra Strength Tylenol from eight pills per day to six. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage but it is safe when used as directed

If you feel you’ve been hurt by Tylenol or acetaminophen, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and to find out if a dangerous drug lawyer may be able to help you.

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