Acetaminophen, sometimes referred to as paracetamol, is perhaps the most widely used over-the-counter medication. Found in a number of brand name and generic medications, acetaminophen is used to treat minor ailments such as headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, colds, fever, and pain. While the use of acetaminophen is largely accepted and medications with the analgesic can be found in most Americans’ medicine cabinets, it is not without inherent dangers and risks. In fact, statistics report that acetaminophen toxicity is the primary cause of acute liver failure in the Western world, and is responsible for most drug overdoses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Unfortunately, acetaminophen treatment and use and been associated with serious complications in users, and has been discovered to significantly increase the risk of severe, life-threatening liver injuries and liver failure. As these conditions can be incredibly devastating to victims and their families, The Senators Firm offer free case evaluations to patients who have experienced signs of acetaminophen liver damage to determine the potential merits of your personal injury lawsuit.
Signs and Symptoms of Acetaminophen
Although adverse side effects of acetaminophen use are statistically uncommon, there are distinct signs and symptoms that may signify liver damage. As part of a three phase process, liver damage symptoms may first manifest in the form of chronic nausea and vomiting, followed by a period during which a patient may feel well for roughly two days. In the third and final stage, which typically begins two to three days after ingestion of acetaminophen, blood tests can reveal signs of liver abnormalities.
The severity of liver damage after acetaminophen use can depend on a number of various factors, including the patient’s age and health. When liver damage is severe, it can spread throughout the entire organ and ultimately result in liver failure. A life-threatening condition, liver failure requires immediate medical attention and may result in additional medical conditions, such as jaundice, susceptibility to bleeding, swollen abdomens, mental disorientation, sleepiness, comas and others.
Do You Have an Acetaminophen Liver Damage Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has experienced such signs and symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Should medical results signify any physical damages, you may potentially have viable cause for pursuing legal recourse.
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We are proven California defective drug attorneys with decades of experience in assisting injured victims through the process of filing lawsuits involving complex legislative and regulatory issues related to defective drugs, product liability and personal injury law. We are prepared to fully evaluate your situation, inform you of your available legal options and discuss the ways in which we can fight for your compensation. Contact our firm or call us at (949)-557-5800 to discuss your case.