Attorneys Fighting For Infants Harmed By Dangerous Baby Formula
Some of the most vulnerable patients that hospitals will ever treat are infants born prematurely. There are intensive care units devoted to neonatal patients, and medical professionals generally do a great job caring for them. Unfortunately, however, preemie babies who cannot take breast milk are put at serious risk by something as simple and commonplace as baby formula.
At The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., we represent parents of children who have suffered serious health problems or even death after developing a gastrointestinal disease known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Studies have linked this condition to consuming formula made with cow’s milk. More than a dozen manufacturers of baby formula may face litigation alleging that they were aware of the risks of NEC yet failed to warn the consumers and hospitals they sold their products to.
Understanding NEC And Its Link To Baby Formula
Necrotizing enterocolitis is a bacterial infection leading to inflammation in the intestines and tissue death/decay. NEC can cause long-term or even permanent damage to the intestines. If it spreads to other areas of the body, it can result in sepsis, which is often fatal.
NEC has been known to occur in full-term newborns of healthy weight, but it is especially prevalent in preemies. This is because their bowels are underdeveloped and highly susceptible to infection.
The connection between NEC and formula made with cow’s milk is not new. Initial study results were being published in the early 1990s, and much additional research has been conducted since then. Yet most manufacturers of cow’s milk baby formula have consistently downplayed the risks or failed to warn consumers entirely. There are many companies potentially facing liability, but well-known brands include Gerber, Enfamil and Similac.
Know Your Legal Options If Your Child Was Injured
If your newborn was diagnosed with NEC or has suffered symptoms consistent with the disease, formula feeding may have been the source of the infection. Our product liability attorneys have decades of experience holding negligent product manufacturers accountable. One of our attorneys is also a licensed medical doctor, which gives us an edge in litigation involving harmful medical products. We invite you to tell us your story and to learn about how we may be able to help.
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The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., has offices in Denver, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and our firm represents clients throughout the surrounding areas. To talk to one of our skilled and caring attorneys in a free initial consultation, call us at 888-846-9963 or fill out our online contact form.