Has Your Child Experienced Symptoms After Using Similac Powdered Baby Formula?
Similac powdered baby formula was recently recalled by Abbot Laboratories following reports of bacterial contamination. Unfortunately, for many families in Chicago and across the country, the damage is already done. Multiple infant illnesses and deaths have been linked to the consumption of Similac powdered baby formula.
Coplan + Crane is committed to protecting families and preventing devastating tragedies like these from occurring in the future. We are working aggressively to hold Abbott Laboratories accountable for its inexcusable negligence.
Baby formula manufacturers are powerful corporations. They have extensive legal teams that work tirelessly to protect the company’s interests and brand image. If your child suffered or passed away after using Similac, you have a right to have powerful legal counsel on your side as well.
Coplan + Crane is now accepting cases from parents of infants who developed a bacterial infection from consuming contaminated Similac formula. Because Abbott Laboratories is based in Chicago, our firm is uniquely positioned to take the helm on these cases.
If your child developed health concerns as a result of consuming Similac baby formula, whether at home or in a hospital setting, call (708) 358-8080 today. Our Chicago Similac recall lawsuit attorneys will pursue the justice your family deserves.
Similac Recall Lawsuits
Upon receiving multiple complaints of infants being hospitalized after consuming Similac powdered infant formula, the FDA announced its investigation into possible bacteria contamination in products manufactured at the Abbott Laboratories plant in Sturgis, Michigan.
In total, the FDA’s investigation includes four reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections in infants. All infections resulted in hospitalization. Cronobacter infection may have contributed to the death of two infants.
If you are the parent of a baby who developed a Cronobacter infection after consuming contaminated Similac from Abbott’s Michigan facility, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for medical expenses and your child’s pain and suffering. Call Coplan + Crane now for free to discuss your rights and legal options with a Chicago Similac recall lawsuit attorney.
Who Is at Risk?
The FDA advises that consumers should not use Abbott Nutrition’s Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas if:
- The first two digits of the code on the product packaging are 22 through 37
- The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2
- The product’s expiration date April 2022 or later
You can visit this page to confirm whether you have a recalled powdered infant formula in your possession.
Is Similac Dangerous For Infants?
Cronobacter sakazakii is a type of bacteria that is known to thrive in certain dry foods and high-starch food items such as herbal teas, powdered milk, and powdered infant formulas.
For adults, Cronobacter is typically just a nuisance that can trigger diarrhea and intestinal distress. However, Cronobacter infections can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening for infants. The underdeveloped gastrointestinal systems of newborns are less able to harbor harmful bacteria. Cronobacter infections in babies (especially premature babies) can quickly progress into potentially fatal infections such as meningitis (infection involving the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (an infection of the bloodstream).
What Are the Symptoms of Cronobacter Infections?
Cronobacter germs are capable of surviving in the dry environments of powdered food items. So although Cronobacter infections are relatively rare in infants, when they do occur, they are often the result of contaminated powdered infant formula.
Symptoms of Cronobacter infections in babies can include:
- Poor feeding
- Stomach pain
- Blood in bowel movements
- Swollen abdomen
- Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
- grunting when breathing
If your child consumed Abbott Nutrition’s Similac powdered infant formula and was later diagnosed with Cronbacter infection—or was hospitalized or died as a result—call the experienced Chicago Similac recall lawsuit attorneys at Coplan + Crane right away.
Contact our office now online or at (708) 358-8080. We serve clients throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Oak Park, and Rockford.