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The team at Perdue & Kidd Trial Lawyers has over 100 years of combined experience and a track record of successful advocacy on behalf of people who have been hurt by another’s negligence and wrongdoing. Co-founding attorneys, Jim Perdue, Jr. and Donald Kidd have led our firm to national recognition, awards, and accolades while maintaining a highly client-centric philosophy of representation. An injury lawyer with us has helped people hold the liable party responsible in cases involving product liability and negligence such as contaminated baby formula. We understand that you are looking for answers after you or a loved one has been harmed. Insurance companies know our reputation for being fierce advocates for our clients and are skilled if it comes to going to trial.

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An illness caused by contaminated baby formula can mean facing extensive damages that may extend to the child’s entire life. In addition to ensuring that you receive substantial compensation for all financial and non-economic harm caused by negligence, having an injury lawyer on your side who wants justice for you and your family also means that you can be part of efforts to ensure the future safety of infants and toddlers.

About Serious Powdered Formula Contamination

Contamination by Salmonella Newport:

This strain of salmonella bacteria has been associated with baby formula contamination. It is especially severe in cases involving infants because this strain is resistant to the commonly used antibiotic drugs. Symptoms of illness caused by Salmonella Newport include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps

Melamine Contamination:

Melamine is a chemical employed in producing plastics, cleaning products, and other products. This toxic chemical was found in some baby formulas years ago that had been imported from China. The scare led to the FDA warning consumers to avoid any baby formula from China until it was resolved.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis or NEC:

A potentially fatal illness that causes the intestines to become inflamed resulting in tissue death. This condition can lead to serious infections in other areas of the body as leakage from the gastrointestinal system travels through perforations caused by NEC and into the bloodstream and nearby organs. Babies that survive NEC may suffer life-long complications.

This severe condition was found in infants who had been born prematurely and were being fed formula to help the baby gain weight and strength. However, contaminants, such as the bacterium Cronobacter Sakazakii, and certain proteins were found to cause or contribute to NEC. Infants suffering from NEC have symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Diarrhea
  • Refusal to eat
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • No increase in weight
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Manufacturer Liability for Contaminated Baby Formula

Contamination of infant formula can occur anywhere along the manufacturing and distribution processes. From the raw materials that go into the formula (such as milk, oils, and vitamins), to the distribution and shipping of the finished product, there are any number of entry points for dangerous contaminants. All parties associated with infant formula production have a responsibility to avoid negligence such as:

  • Contamination of raw materials of product
  • Poor quality control procedures
  • Failure to maintain sanitary conditions
  • Contaminants on processing equipment surfaces
  • Contaminants on or in product packaging
  • Use of unsuitable packaging material
  • Contamination by an infected employee

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Contact Perdue & Kidd in Houston if your child became ill after having contaminated baby formula. An injury lawyer with us has helped parents like you in these emotionally difficult, complex liability cases throughout Texas and the U.S. Schedule a consultation today.

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