A recent study concluded that powdered infant formula can cause serious illness or death in infants. The infants are typically diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia. These illnesses can often lead to brain damage or death. Powdered infant formula can be contaminated with harmful bacteria during the manufacturing process or contaminated if not handled properly. Doctors often diagnose the illness as Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis, or Bacteraemia. These illnesses can be caused by the bacteria E. Sakazakii.

Over the past 40 years there have only been 50 reported cases of people affected with E. Sakazakii, but there is evidence to suggest that many cases go unreported. Most of the reported cases have been infants with the death rate being between 33% and 50%. Infants that do survive usually suffer permanent brain damage.

E. Sakazakii can be found in the environment, but scientific studies have linked the infection in infants to powdered infant formulas. Powdered infant formulas are not sterile and can become contaminated with high amounts of E. Sakazakii during the manufacturing process, or by improper preparation, dilution, storage, or hygiene.

Research has concluded that infants most at risk for becoming infected are those with low birth weights or less than two months old. This condition also suggests that infected infants may be lacking sufficient colonization of the gastrointestinal tract with normal bacterial flora to compete with the opportunistic pathogen, E. sakazakii. Similarly, in the adult cases, most had underlying diseases that could have increased their chances of being infected with E. sakazakii.

Infants that are infected by E. sakazakii show the following symptoms: poor feeding response, irritability, jaundice, grunting respirations, and instability of body temperature. As the infection progresses infants will being to suffer from severe neurological impairment, Ventriculitis, brain cysts and abscesses, cerebral infarction, and hydrocephalus.

If your infant has been diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia or your infant has been infected with E. sakazakii please click here to contact us.



Joseph Toomey and his mother are suing General Motors, Mobile County, Prichard and others for an unspecified amount of money as a result of the November 2007 crash that left the 17-year-old Satsuma High School football star paralyzed.

Toomey, 16, at the time, was driving a 1999 GMC Jimmy that overturned on Kushla McLeod Road in Prichard. The roof caved in, breaking the teenager’s neck and leaving him a quadriplegic, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit says in part that GM was negligent because the roof collapsed, and the seat belt Toomey was wearing allowed too much body movement. It says the county and Prichard were negligent because a sign that had warned of the curve where the crash occurred was hanging upside down the night of the crash, thus pointing in the opposite direction of the curve.

Richard Taylor, attorney for the Toomey family, said Toomey was obeying the speed limit and had not consumed any alcohol prior to the crash. Taylor said the truck was going 25 to 30 mph when the accident occurred.

Richard H. Taylor, Esq.
51 Saint Joseph Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602

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