Parents sue makers of Children’s Tylenol for death of child

When your child is sick, you would likely do anything in your power to help alleviate his or her pain and suffering. In Philadelphia, a popular way to help deal with aches, pains and fevers is with acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is often available in doses appropriate for children and is typically considered a safe treatment option.

For one set of parents, they likely will never look at a popular brand of acetaminophen the same again after the death of their 2-year-old. The little boy started spitting up blood after his mother gave him Children’s Tylenol. He passed away the next day of liver failure.

The parents believe that the manufacturers of Children’s Tylenol, Johnson & Johnson, were aware of contaminants and impurities in the drugs, but instead of issuing a recall, they tried to use unethical methods in order to hide the mistake. The parents allege that the company went as far as to have contractors go into stores where they would act like regular customers in order to buy out all the defective drugs.

The couple filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court against more than a dozen companies, including Johnson & Johnson. They are seeking compensation for a variety of factors including emotional distress, product liability, wrongful death and violation of consumer protection law.

This type of circumstance is one that no parent should have to face. Hopefully their lawsuit will enable them to be properly compensated for their child’s death and allow them to begin healing and moving forward with their lives.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “Children’s Tylenol Suit to Stay in Pennsylvania,” Rose Bouboushian, Sep. 30, 2013



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