Abbott Laboratories, the company that makes Similac, is under fire for their cow’s milk-based formula. Premature babies have developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), an intestinal disease, from drinking the formula.
Parents have been conscious of the baby formula after a lawsuit filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of California earlier this year. Two parents alleged the company was responsible for the death of their child. The premature newborn developed the intestinal disorder, which caused further inflammation, severe infection, and other internal damage.
The plaintiff’s product liability attorney found NEC had been a concern since the late 90s and has been proven to increase the risk of complications in premature babies compared to natural breastfeeding. While doctors still aren’t sure what causes the disease, parents have every right to bring a medical malpractice and product liability suit against Abbott.
Alongside Mead Johnson, the manufacturer of Enfamil, Abbott has known of the potential risks for newborns. But they’ve evaded accountability until recently. If your child has developed NEC after being fed Similac, you must hire a skilled personal injury lawyer with experience handling product liability.
Unlike other sectors of personal injury law, most families don’t consider toxic baby formulas might warrant a lawsuit. The company negligently failed to warn about the risk of NEC and gastrointestinal problems. Nor did they note it would have more adverse complications for low-birth-weight babies. Demonstrating how they failed to provide this warning is enough to win your case.
Losing a child or watching them suffer from this illness will be life-changing – emotionally and financially. We want to ensure that you get compensated for the days you needed to take off work to tend to your child, the medical expenses you paid, pain and suffering.
The statute of limitation to file any personal injury claim in California is two years from the date of injury or death. Even if you just became aware that you can file a product liability lawsuit, give us a call. At The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez, our attorneys will hold negligent manufacturers accountable for what they’ve caused.