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Illinois Baby Formula Lawsuit

Prematurely born children, otherwise known as “preemies,” require extra nutrition and care in their first few weeks of life to offset their initial low birth weight and help their bodies grow and develop. Parents have many options on how to approach this, but many doctors will recommend that these children are fed baby formula products, as it offers a safe and nutritious alternative to breastfeeding. Many people will choose one of the more popular brands, such as Enfamil and Similac, but a recent study has discovered evidence that these products are actually more dangerous than they seem. According to the study, the cow-milk based products from Enfamil and Similac cause an increased risk of a potentially life-threatening digestive disease, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

The manufacturer of Enfamil, Mead Johnson & Co, and the manufacturer of Similac, Abbott Laboratories, have a responsibility to honestly disclose the side effects of their products to protect the general public. Instead, they chose to hide the risk of NEC on the warning labels of their cow-milk based products, causing innocent parents to feed a toxic product to their children unknowingly. Their negligence is an actionable offense, and if your child developed digestive disease after consuming a toxic baby formula product, you could be eligible to recover the damage.

At Morgan & Morgan, we take the rights of consumers seriously. Our Illinois baby formula attorneys have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help you navigate through the legal aspects of this unfortunate situation and come out successful on their other side. 

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  • What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

    Necrotizing enterocolitis, commonly referred to as NEC, is a digestive condition that destroys intestinal tissue and exposes the individual to a risk of infection. The disease primarily affects newborn children, which is problematic due to the child’s lack of a developed immune system. Although most of the damage is done internally, there are external symptoms to watch out for when monitoring your baby’s health, such as:

    • Swollen, red, or tender stomach area
    • Abdominal pressure/pain
    • Diarrhea
    • Low blood pressure
    • Abnormal breathing patterns
    • Rapid or unusual changes in temperature

    In severe cases, the child could potentially lose their life to an infection, such as sepsis. Still, even minor cases can potentially cause the child to suffer from digestive problems later in their adult lives, causing parents to question why the product didn’t warn them of the risks. If your child was harmed by a toxic baby formula product, our Illinois office is here to help you with any concern you may have.

  • What Baby Formula Products are Linked to NEC?

    According to the study, Enfamil and Similac’s cow-milk-based products cause an increased risk of NEC in newborn children. The issue with these products is their cow-milk base, as other brands of baby formula that use an alternative base aren’t connected to the dangerous digestive disease. If you have any of the following products in your home, it’s best to remove them and find a substitute that won’t jeopardize the health of your children:

    • Similac Special Care 20
    • Similac NeoSure
    • Similac Special Care 24
    • Similac Special Care 30
    • Similac Special Care 24 - High Protein
    • Similac Liquid Protein Fortifier
    • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier
    • Enfamil NeuroPro EnfaCare 
    • Enfamil 24 Cal
  • Contact an Illinois Baby Formula Attorney Today

    In the most difficult moments of your life, Morgan & Morgan has your back. The negligence of Abbott Lab and Mead Johnson & Co. has created a product that’s unfit to work for its intended purpose, yet they’ve made little to no attempt to fix the issue. Instead, their toxic products can still be found on store shelves across Illinois with no warning of NEC anywhere on the label. Parents, understandably upset and frustrated with their actions, have promptly filed a lawsuit against both manufacturers, and there’s still time to join.

    If your child was diagnosed with NEC or any other digestive disease after consuming a toxic baby formula product, Morgan & Morgan is here to help. Complete a free, no-risk case evaluation today for more information on how to get started.

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