Issue: Child Injuries from Neocate Baby Formula
Lieff Cabraser is investigating multiple reports of infant and child injuries allegedly related to the consumption of Neocate, an elemental amino acid-based baby formula given to babies with sensitivities to proteins in cows’ milk. Manufactured and marketed in the U.S. by Nutricia, Neocate is one of the oldest baby formulas available for babies who cannot drink cow’s milk.
In March 2016, Nutricia issued a warning that babies using Neocate as a primary or sole source of nutrition “should be routinely monitored by clinicians.” This warning is inadequate and does not raise the association with hypophosphatemia or the seriousness of these injuries.
A 2017 Yale University study revealed a link between babies and children using Neocate and multiple and severe bone fractures though to be occurring because of phosphate deficiencies (a condition known as hypophosphatemia or Rickets). While the deficiency (though not the existing bone breaks) could be reversed by getting the children off Neocate and feeding them alternative soy-based formulas, in some of the babies the multiple bone fractures resulted in permanent disfigurement.
Contact an Infant Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser
If your baby or child has suffered bone fractures you suspect may be related to the use of Neocate, we urge you to contact infant injury lawyer Wendy Fleishman at Lieff Cabraser today. You can use the short form below or call Ms. Fleishman toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. Lieff Cabraser has successfully litigated cases on behalf of parents of injured children across America. We will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.
Why Would Nutricia Be Liable for Child Bone Injuries from Neocate Use?
A manufacturer of a product has a duty to use reasonable care in the design, manufacturing, testing and inspection of the product to see that the product is safe for any use. A manufacturer also has a duty to give an adequate warning of any dangerous conditions that are not obvious to product users. Plaintiffs allege that Nutricia was negligent in their failure to warn consumers and provide adequate instructions for safe use of the product, in addition to being negligent in the design of Neocate that resulted in an unreasonably dangerous product which enhances injuries.