Tylenol Autism Lawyers in Dallas, Texas Who Win You More
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Has your child been diagnosed with autism?
Did you take Tylenol or a generic acetaminophen while you were pregnant?
If so, you may be able to file a lawsuit and win substantial money for your child’s injuries.
That’s because new research shows Tylenol and generic acetaminophens consumed during pregnancy result in a 20% higher risk of autism. Those risks could be even higher if you took Tylenol or generic acetaminophen for a prolonged time or if you took them during your second or third trimester.
But, at the same time, Tylenol manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and many leading retailers (Walmart, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, and many others) failed to update their product labels to warn you of this risk (despite having knowledge of it).
Since your child has experienced injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior, you can likely recover significant compensation.
But which Tylenol autism lawyer do you trust to help you? You have many choices. And not every lawyer is the same. Some can win you much more money than others…
How Does Mullen & Mullen Win You More Money Than Any Other Tylenol Autism Lawyer?
For starters, we have 95 years of combined experience.
Firm founder Regis Mullen has 56 years of experience. And that’s longer than most lawyers have even been alive!
His experience means that he knows how to beat defending arguments before they’re even made. He’s always one step ahead.
Regis also serves as a mentor to the firm’s two other experienced attorneys, Shane Mullen and Joseph Morrison.
Shane, Regis’s son, 21 years of experience winning personal injury claims of all kinds. He’s actually known he wanted to be a lawyer since the third grade.
Since that young age, Shane has won several million-dollar and multimillion-dollar claims.
That’s allowed him to become a member of the Million Dollar and Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forums. He’s also now a member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.
And, Thomson-Reuters also recognized him as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star three consecutive years.
All three organizations are based exclusively on professional achievement. You cannot buy or network your way into any of them. And they accept just the top 1% of all lawyers in the entire United States.
Joseph Morrison has 18 years of experience and many outstanding achievements of his own too. He also has won several million-dollar and multimillion-dollar claims. Just like Shane, this qualifies him to be a member of both the Million Dollar and Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forums. And, he’s also a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Again, membership in all these organizations is based exclusively on merit. You cannot buy or network your way in.
So, no matter which of our lawyers handles your claim, you truly get one of the best Tylenol autism lawsuit attorneys in all of America!
And in addition to all that, our lawyers are easily accessible by phone or email. Unlike many other firms, you get to speak directly with your lawyer when you need to.
Plus, our lawyers are just plain nice guys. It’s just like talking to your favorite neighbor. They save the nasty stuff for negotiations with defendants and interactions in the courtroom.
Pay Nothing Until After You Win. And Don’t Pay Anything Out of Pocket
With such an extensive list of impeccable credentials, you might think you can’t afford to hire our Tylenol autism lawyers.
But you can.
That’s because we don’t charge you a thing until after you win your lawsuit. And the fee you do pay comes only out of your final settlement value.
So, you never pay anything out of pocket!
Plus, we also hire an in-house private investigator to investigate your claim. Most firms contract this service out, which costs you more. But since we hire an in-house private investigator, this service costs much less. And we pass the savings on to you!
That means, not only can you afford our autism lawyers, but you can end up with more money in your pocket than you do with any other firm!
Next, schedule your free consultation by calling (214) 747-5240.
This consultation is 100% free. You won’t feel any obligation to hire us on the spot.
Simply learn our opinion of your claim. Get simple, straightforward answers to all your questions. And perhaps find out you have a winnable claim even after other Tylenol autism lawyers told you that isn’t the case (like many other clients).
So, schedule your free consultation today when you call (214) 747-5240!
How Do You Choose the Best Tylenol Autism Attorney?
You have literally thousands of attorneys to choose from. So, how do you know you’ve chosen truly the best one?
Take this list of questions along with you to each lawyer you have a conversation with. Make sure you ask each lawyer every question on the list. Then, compare the answers you get from each attorney:
What experience do you have with Tylenol autism lawsuits?
Because this type of lawsuit is new, you’ll have quite a difficult time finding lawyers with direct experience in Tylenol / acetaminophen autism lawsuits. In fact, at this point, you’d be lucky to find a lawyer with any experience in this type of lawsuit at all.
However, you can find personal injury lawyers with experience in similar types of claims. For example, they may have experience with Roundup, Legionnaires disease, birth injury, cerebral palsy, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injury, and many other types of similar claims.
Though not exactly the same as Tylenol autism lawsuits, these lawsuits require essentially the same skills and experience. So, if the lawyer you’re considering has a good track record with these other types of claims, they’ll likely be an excellent choice for Tylenol autism lawsuits also.
Make sure you ask your lawyer how many years of experience they have. And then ask them to talk about a case or two with circumstances that might be somewhat similar to a Tylenol autism lawsuit.
Will I speak directly with my Tylenol autism lawyer when I call?
The answer to this question should always be, “Yes.” However, many attorneys may tell you this isn’t the case. They may redirect you to their support staff instead.
But, you should be able to talk to your attorney by phone when you need to. That’s simply the way to provide the best service possible.
Usually, you find this higher level of service at smaller firms with just a few lawyers. They understand the importance of relationships and make that their focus.
How professional is your Tylenol autism attorney?
This is a question to ask yourself after meeting with your attorney. A professional attorney:
- Promptly returns all communications
- Arrives on-time to your meeting, fully prepared to discuss your claim
- Follows up as necessary
- Treats you with due courtesy and respect, regardless of your status
- Behaves appropriately in all situations
- Avoids any behavior that gives the appearance of impropriety
- Treats your claim like it’s their own
If they do anything less than this and fail to apologize for it, then move on to another lawyer.
How many lawyers should you talk to?
You need to talk to more than one. Talking to just a single lawyer is a big mistake. With so much money on the line, make sure that you talk to at least three, and maybe even more.
As you talk to different lawyers, one will stick out to you more than the others. That’s the one you trust to win you the most money possible.
How much do you charge?
Almost every personal injury attorney works on a “contingency” fee basis. This means you pay nothing out of pocket. And it also means that you won’t have to pay anything at all unless you win.
That’s because all of the attorney’s fees come out of your case’s settlement after you win your claim.
Attorneys charge a percentage of your final winnings as their fee. Make sure you ask what that number is.
Can you talk about a case like mine that went to trial?
Just because you’ve found a lawyer with experience in cases similar to yours doesn’t mean you automatically have the best lawyer available.
You want someone who’s had to go to trial with cases like yours. And you want someone who’s already won cases that have gone to trial.
Truthfully, it’s rare that any case goes to trial. But it does happen. And if your lawyer is truly excellent, they’ll have already gone to trial and won cases like yours.
Ask them to talk about a case or two like yours that they also took to trial and won.
What challenges do you see with my Tylenol lawsuit?
No claim is so straightforward that it has no issues or complexities to it. An experienced and trustworthy attorney spots potential challenges before they come into play.
They’ll tell you what those issues could be and explain potential strategies for overcoming each.
If they don’t see any potential issues and say your case should be a breeze to win, then move on to another attorney. This particular attorney doesn’t have the skill necessary to win you max compensation.
Will I be responsible for any case-related costs?
Some Tylenol autism lawyers may ask you to pay some of the litigation costs. While the vast majority don’t do this, some do.
The longer your claim takes, the more these costs add up. And they might come directly out of your pocket.
Make sure to ask your attorney about their policy regarding this so you don’t suddenly find yourself with a pile of unexpected legal expenses.
How much time can you devote to my case?
If you speak with a lawyer at a larger firm, they may not actually be the ones doing most of the work. They may just simply screen your case and then hand off most of the work to less experienced junior attorneys and paralegals.
Find out who will be doing most of the work on your claim. Will it be the senior attorney…or will it be the less experienced paralegals and junior attorneys? If the latter, then ask about their experience and how they will be supervised.
You’ll have to make your own judgments about what’s really going on based on the answer you get.
It’s important to understand that generally, when someone with lesser experience does the real work on your claim, you get poorer results. However, at smaller firms where an experienced lawyer does the real work on your claim, you generally get much better results.
Will the fees change if my case goes to trial?
Some firms will increase their legal fees if your case has to go to trial. But, even though court costs more, they really should have their fees cemented in place already so you know that up front.
However, you want to ask just to make sure you understand what you could end up paying.
How long will it take to get a resolution to my claim?
On this one, you have to give your Tylenol autism attorney a lot of grace. It’s basically impossible to predict how long it will take for your claim to work its way through the legal system.
That’s because many unpredictable variables are at play. Those include how the opposing party behaves, court calendars, the complexity of your particular case, and much more.
You can ask your attorney how long it will take for your claim to resolve. But don’t expect anything more than a rough answer.
What is your assessment of my case?
Because you’re the victim, you may feel your case is obvious and that you should be able to easily win max compensation for your injuries and financial damages.
But every case is at least slightly different. And that’s why having an objective and unbiased expert attorney on your side is important.
They can tell you if your case should even be pursued, your odds of winning, and how much you could potentially win.
How much participation do you need from me?
Your acetaminophen autism lawyer will need at least some participation from you. How much they need depends largely on the lawyer and their approach.
Some attorneys insist upon high levels of involvement from their clients. Others do most of the work themselves.
Make sure you understand exactly what your lawyer needs from you prior to committing to that lawyer.
How many successful verdicts have you won in court?
Most lawsuits settle without having to go to court. However, a small percentage do require going to court.
Either way, your Tylenol autism attorney should prepare your claim as if it is going to court. That way, it shows they’re ready and willing to fight for max compensation on your behalf.
How will you update me on the progress of my case?
You shouldn’t expect daily communication. That’s really unreasonable and excessive.
But, you should be able to agree to a reasonable time frame with your Tylenol autism lawyer.
FAQs: Everything You Need to Know about Acetaminophen and Autism Lawsuits
Learn in simple language what you need to know regarding acetaminophen autism lawsuits below:
Who qualifies for a Tylenol autism lawsuit?
If you took any Tylenol (or another generic acetaminophen) at all during your pregnancy, and your child developed autism, you may qualify for a Tylenol autism lawsuit. Your odds of success also increase greatly if you took high doses of Tylenol or if you took it for an extended time.
And more specifically, your situation needs to meet the following additional criteria:
You must meet both of the following criteria below to qualify as a case:
- Your child must have an autism diagnosis. We currently don’t take cases involving children with an ADHD diagnosis.
- The mother must have used either Tylenol or acetaminophen while pregnant
We cannot take your case on if any of the following criteria apply:
- The child’s mother ingested less than 10 doses of acetaminophen or Tylenol while pregnant
- The mother suffered from any type of infection or fever during pregnancy that required hospitalization
- The mother suffered from either gestational diabetes or gestational hypertension
- The mother used any SSRI while pregnant
- The mother was 40 or older or the father was 45 or older at the time of birth
- The mother consumed alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs at any time while pregnant
- The mother has a previous child with autism and she did not use Tylenol or acetaminophen during that pregnancy
- The mother gave birth prior to the 26th week of pregnancy
- The child was born prior to January 1, 2005 or after March 26, 2020
- The pregnancy or birth happened in Michigan
- Your child was diagnosed with Down syndrome, fragile X, Tourette syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex
We also need this additional information after you pass initial qualification:
- Your child’s date of birth and the US state they were born in
- Why you used Tylenol or acetaminophen
- Which trimesters you used Tylenol or acetaminophen
- How frequently you used either medication
- The number of milligrams and strength you ingested
- How your child was delivered (c-section, vaginal etc.)
- If the birth resulted in a loss of oxygen or any type of injury to the child
- If your child takes medication for autism
- If your child has an IEP, 504, or other accommodation
- If either parent has an autism diagnosis
How well understood and safe is acetaminophen really?
The truth is that, despite acetaminophen’s popularity, it is not that well understood by scientists and researchers.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association says that 23% of US adults (52 million) use products that contain acetaminophen.
It is known that acetaminophen relieves pain and fever. However, it’s not fully understood how this actually works.
Even though this is the case, pregnant women have been told for many years that using acetaminophen during pregnancy is safe.
And as a result, more pregnant women are using acetaminophen-containing products than ever before.
- What research connects acetaminophen use during pregnancy to a higher risk of autism?
Numerous studies conducted in the past few years have found a clear connection between the two. Below are just a few which have made that connection.
A 2016 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology performed by Avella-Garcia and others found that acetaminophen use during pregnancy was associated with a higher risk of autism in males.
A 2019 study by Johns Hopkins University and published in JAMA Psychiatry took a unique approach that ended up strengthening the connection between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and autism even further.
To perform the study, researchers collected samples of umbilical cord blood from hundreds of newborns. Then they measured the amount of acetaminophen in each sample.
They then divided the subjects of the study into three groups based on the amount of acetaminophen found in their umbilical cord blood. The children with the highest levels of acetaminophen were more than three times as likely to have autism than children who had much lower levels of acetaminophen.
Finally, another study published in JAMA Psychiatry and at the National Library of Medicine made similar findings to the Johns Hopkins study just described. It found that fetal exposure to Tylenol or generic acetaminophen noticeably increased the risk of autism in children. The study also found that, as the level of prenatal exposure increased, so did the risk of autism.
Although the link seems fairly clear on the surface, the study also noted that further investigation is warranted.
Other studies have also suggested a correlation between the risk for autism and factors such as dosage, timing, and length of acetaminophen exposure. Some studies have shown small doses of Tylenol are safe. But, larger doses do correlate to an increased risk of autism.
But overall, as you can see from these three sources, there certainly seems to be a strong connection between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and the risk of children developing autism.
And that risk is great enough such that failing to provide warnings on the labels of products containing acetaminophen has led to a multi-district litigation (MDL) regarding the matter.
How are healthcare professionals responding?
Fortunately, it seems as though at this point that healthcare professionals are taking this research seriously.
More and more are warning expecting mothers about the risks of taking acetaminophen for a prolonged period during pregnancy.
The body of evidence is growing quickly and is simply becoming too large to ignore.
Medical studies consistently show the same causal link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and an increased risk of autism. And even more studies have been commissioned to continue researching this link.
What is an MDL? Why create one?
“MDL” stands for “multi-district litigation.” This is done to consolidate all Federal lawsuits of one type before one judge. This increases the efficient discovery of such claims and expedites their proceedings.
Currently, 23 lawsuits have been filed which will fall under the umbrella of the Tylenol autism MDL. The judge assigned to oversee these lawsuits will attempt to streamline them. This increases the possibility of a global settlement.
It is expected that the number of lawsuits will skyrocket to over 10,000 in the coming months.
This shapes this particular situation to be one of the largest mass torts (personal injury) lawsuits of all time.
Who are the most common defendants?
Currently, the most common defendants are big-box retailers like Walgreens, CVS, Costco, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, and Walmart.
While we believe it’s the right move to sue the retailers, it’s important to note that large manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson haven’t yet been sued. Johnson & Johnson is already seriously hurting due to a large number of lawsuits regarding its opioids and talcum powder. The company made a controversial move by creating a subsidiary, and then filing for bankruptcy within that subsidiary. The move is delaying lawsuits brought forth by states and their attorneys general.
Will Johnson & Johnson get sued? The truth is we don’t know and more remains to be seen.
Should I take acetaminophen while pregnant?
Because of all the research coming out regarding the increased risk of autism and its correlation with Tylenol usage, many physicians are now recommending you don’t take Tylenol or any generic acetaminophen unless absolutely necessary.
Due to those increased risks, you should talk with your doctor if you are considering using Tylenol while pregnant.
What symptoms may indicate your child has autism?
About 1 in 44 children in the US have been diagnosed with autism, per data from the CDC. The term “Autism” itself actually refers to a wide range of neurological and developmental disorders.
Below are some of the most common symptoms of autism:
- Inability to maintain eye contact
- Completely avoiding eye contact
- Difficulty interpreting social cues
- Easily becoming extremely upset by minor changes
- Extreme under sensitivity or oversensitivity to sensory stimuli
- Difficulty adjusting behavior to fit in a social situation
- Unable to express emotions
- Extreme anxiety in social situations
- Seemingly withdrawn into one’s own world
- Delayed language, movement, and/or cognitive skills
- Not responding to name by 9 months of age
- Doesn’t show simple facial expressions such as happy, sad, angry, and surprised by 9 months of age
- Restricted and repetitive behaviors such as lining up toys or playing with toys the same way every time
- Unusual sleeping or eating habits
- Unusual mood or emotional reactions
What could disqualify me from the autism lawsuit?
No lawsuit is 100% straightforward. Just like any other lawsuit, certain actions could mean you’re disqualified from filing a Tylenol autism lawsuit. Those actions include:
- The mother drinking alcohol, taking street drugs, or using tobacco products while pregnant
- The mother taking one or more SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) during pregnancy
- The father was over 45 or the mother was over 40 when the child was born
- Either parent of the child was diagnosed with autism
- The child was born after March 26, 2020
- The child is now older than 18
- The child has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, Tourette’s, tuberous sclerosis, or Fragile X
- The mother ingested fewer than 10 doses of acetaminophen while pregnant
- The mother had a premature birth earlier than 26 weeks of pregnancy
- The pregnancy and/or childbirth happened in Michigan
What medications must the mother have taken to qualify for the autism lawsuit?
The mother must have taken one or more of the following medications:
- Any generic acetaminophen
- Generic Paracetamol
- Alka-Seltzer Plus
What evidence could be used to substantiate that acetaminophen use during pregnancy caused your child’s autism?
Because your acetaminophen use during pregnancy may have happened some years ago, you may wonder what evidence you have that could prove acetaminophen use caused your child’s autism. Fortunately, you have plenty of sources of evidence. Those may include:
- Medical records
- Bank statements
- Store receipts
- Credit card bills
- Testimony from your child’s psychiatrist
More than likely, medical records showing your child’s diagnosis of autism will be absolutely necessary to prove your claim.
Don’t worry about gathering all this information. Our legal team will help you do that.
How much could my Tylenol autism lawsuit be worth?
The lawsuit is still ongoing, making it difficult to predict the compensation that will be awarded to qualified plaintiffs.
No ethical lawyer can provide a reasonably accurate number at this point.
Can you describe an example of a Tylenol autism lawsuit?
Yes. Maguire v. Walmart Stores, Inc. was one of the initial cases that was transferred into the MDL formed in southern New York. It was originally filed in Northern California in June of 2022.
The plaintiff, Michelle Maguire, filed the claim on behalf of herself and her son. The only defendant in the claim was the retailer, Walmart.
The Maguire lawsuit had two major components. The first claimed that acetaminophen was marketed as “the safest, and the only appropriate” pain reliever for pregnant women. The resulting argument was that acetaminophen use during pregnancy leads to autism. And the argument added much of the scientific data supporting that alleged claim.
The second major component held more specific facts surrounding Maguire’s use of acetaminophen while pregnant with her son in 1999. Maguire claimed she took acetaminophen regularly during her pregnancy. Maguire also claimed that, during her third trimester, she took acetaminophen three times daily for pain relief. She also said all this medicine was purchased from Walmart.
Maguire also noted that she took the acetaminophen because she thought it was safe to use during pregnancy. And she also said there was nothing on the product labels to suggest taking acetaminophen while pregnant wasn’t safe. She noted her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 10. He had a very limited ability to function like a normal person for his age.
The primary claim by the plaintiff was “failure to warn.” The allegation is that Walmart knew, or should have known, that using acetaminophen during pregnancy comes with a higher risk of autism, but they continued to sell the product without warning labels anyway.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with Our Tylenol Autism Lawyers Today!
Hiring a lawyer is expensive, isn’t it? Can you really afford our Tylenol autism lawyers?
And in fact, you can put thousands more in your pocket than you would with other firms who provide exactly the same service. That’s because we have hired an in-house private investigator, which costs you less. Most firms contract this service out, which costs you much more.
That means, not only can you afford our Tylenol autism lawyers, but you may end up with more money in your pocket than you do with any other firm!
So, schedule your free consultation today by calling (214) 747-5240.
It’s absolutely free. You have no obligation to hire us on the spot.
Learn our opinion of your claim and get simple, plain-English answers to all your questions.
You may even find out you have a winnable claim when other firms have already told you that’s not the case.
Just call (214) 747-5240 to schedule your free consultation today!
Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years (since 1983). Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.