Every minute, more than 250 babies are born in the United States. These births add up to more than 385,000 daily. Around 9.8% of these babies are born prematurely. When babies are born before 37 weeks of gestation, they are likely to suffer some type of health complication. Many babies are underweight at the time of birth and lack the nutrition they need. As a result, doctors of premature babies are likely to recommend to parents to give their baby formula in order to help them gain weight and maximize the nutrients they receive.
Recently, studies have found that certain formulas provided to premature babies drastically increased the likelihood that they would develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This condition can lead to serious health consequences and even death. Leading manufacturers are aware of the problems associated with the use of their formula. However, they have failed to create warning labels on their products to tell mothers about the potential complications that may arise.
If your child developed NEC as a result of using a baby formula from Abbott Laboratories or Mead Johnson & Company, contact our Jackson mass tort lawyers at Mama Justice as soon as possible. You may have legal options available to help you get justice.
The fact that premature babies are born before they are able to fully develop means they are more likely to have low birth weight. Premature babies often require additional nutrition and extra care throughout early childhood. As a result, many doctors will recommend that mothers provide their babies with formula in order to maximize the nutrients they receive at each feeding. Although cow’s milk-based formulas are designed to help babies grow and thrive, they have been linked to serious health problems.
One of the most commonly reported issues associated with formula among newborns is called necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. NEC is a serious gastrointestinal disease that can result in serious health problems or death. NEC can cause the intestinal tissue to die or can create holes in the intestines due to erosion. As a result of NEC, bacteria can leak through the hole and cause severe infections in newborns. The fact that premature babies are particularly vulnerable means there is an increased risk of serious injury or death associated with the development of NEC.
Some commonly reported symptoms of NEC include:
Children who are diagnosed with NEC often face a long road to recovery. Not only is this condition incredibly painful, but it can result in life-long problems. Although most children do survive the disease, they are often left with severe and long-term injuries. In severe cases, babies have passed away as a result of their injuries. For this reason, it is imperative that your family seeks legal assistance as soon as possible.
Although the majority of formula brands are safe for newborns to use and safe for use among premature babies, there are some types of formula that have an increased risk of severe health problems associated with their use. Various types of Enfamil and Similac formulas that contain cow’s milk have been identified as the source of health problems in premature babies. Some of the types of formula we have seen victims suffer from include, but are not limited to:
If your child was diagnosed with NEC following the use of these or other baby formulas, it is crucial that you reach out to our mass tort lawyers as soon as possible. You may have legal options available to help you get justice.
Currently, lawsuits have been filed against Abbott Laboratories, which creates Enfamil formulas, and Meade Johnson and Company, the company that provides Similac formula. If your child was diagnosed with NEC due to the use of baby formula, you may be able to pursue legal actions against negligent manufacturers. Lawsuits are available to help you recover compensation to help alleviate some of the financial burdens your family faces moving forward.
Our Jackson mass tort lawyers at Mama Justice can help you recover full and timely compensation to help alleviate various damages you face moving forward, including:
By reaching out to our law firm as soon as possible, we can get started on your claim.
Our mass tort lawyers in Jackson understand the negative consequences that toxic baby formula can have on your life and the life of your child after the manufacturers’ failure to provide adequate protection. Not only is your child forced to suffer severe health consequences, but your family suffers mentally, emotionally, and financially as well. We firmly believe that innocent people should never be forced to deal with life-changing consequences due to the negligence of another party. For this reason, we are dedicated to fighting on your behalf to make sure you get justice.
Our mass tort lawyers at Mama Justice provide high-quality representation for victims in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee who have been injured as a result of the use of Similac or Enfamil baby formula. If your child has suffered serious negative effects as a result of using this product, our lawyers can help you get justice. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to all prospective clients so we can discuss your case at no cost to you. Contact our Jackson personal injury law firm today by calling (888) 484-1476.