Tylenol Settlement Funding Available As Bellwether Case Moves Toward Trial

Dawn Snyder | January 19th, 2015

For the tens of thousands of victims hospitalized each year for acetaminophen injuries, Tylenol settlement funding can be the solution that keeps their finances afloat. Large-scale litigation often lingers on but with a cash advance, victims can pursue justice in court without fear of falling behind on the rest of their bills.

Tylenol litigation can take years to resolve

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeill Consumer Healthcare, which manufactures Tylenol, faces hundreds of federal Tylenol liver failure lawsuits. On April 1, 2013, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created the Tylenol MDL, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The MDL cases contain common issues and allegations that over-the-counter Tylenol products caused liver damage even when taken according to the directions.

It may be months or years before plaintiffs can see any settlement proceeds from Tylenol litigation. Federal pharmaceutical litigation can move at a snail’s pace as the parties retain experts and review seemingly endless research studies and medical records. In the case of Kate Trunk, whose son Marcus died from liver disease caused by acetaminophen toxicity after taking Tylenol for a work injury, it took 12 years from the time of her son’s death for the case to go to trial.

The latest in Tylenol liver damage litigation

Not to be confused with a class action lawsuit, in multidistrict litigation, each plaintiff files his or her own lawsuit separately. This means that as new victims suffer injuries, they can bring their claims and then join the MDL in progress and benefit from the discovery and litigation progress already underway. It also means that the parties can see how the judge and jury react to similar cases, giving them an idea of how much the case is worth and encouraging settlement before trial.

The judge overseeing the Pennsylvania Tylenol MDL recently set a pre-trial schedule for the first bellwether case to face a jury. The bellwether trial is an example case that will give each side an idea of their strengths and weaknesses in order to determine how they will approach the many remaining lawsuits in the MDL. According to the judge’s December 15, 2014, order, the case of Denice Hayes, who died from liver damage after taking Tylenol, will be the first of the Tylenol MDL cases to proceed to trial. The parties were ordered to exchange a proposed pretrial schedule in early January 2015.

Benefits of a Tylenol liver failure lawsuit loan

Too many plaintiffs are pressured to accept an unfairly low settlement offer just to pay the mounting medical bills that led to their lawsuit in the first place. Meanwhile, the expense of time off of work due to the injury or for lawsuit-related appointments and meetings only make the problem worse. With a Tylenol liver failure lawsuit loan, you can receive a pre-settlement advance within 24 hours. This gives you the financial freedom to continue the fight for justice.

If you are anticipating a settlement but need cash today, consider LawStreet Capital. You pay nothing, ever – we assume all risk, since legal loans are non-recourse; we only recover our advance and fees once you settle or win your case. Call us today to learn more about the advantages Tylenol settlement funding may afford you and your family.