Which Baby Food Companies Are Being Sued for Toxic Ingredients?
The baby food companies being sued for toxic ingredients are:
- Parent’s Choice
- Happy Family Organics
- Healthy Times Organic
- Earth’s Best Organic
- Sprout Foods
- Cream of Wheat
What Are the Toxic Ingredients in Baby Food?
The heavy metals that have allegedly been found in baby foods include:
While a small amount of these heavy metals occur naturally in the foods we eat, the lawsuits allege that multiple baby food companies allowed a higher-than-normal, potentially harmful quantity of these toxins in their products. Chronic childhood exposure to these heavy metals may increase the risk of:
- Neurological issues (PLOS One)
- Learning disabilities, seizures, and gastrointestinal issues, which Mayo Clinic cites as common symptoms of lead poisoning in children
- Kidney problems and other issues linked to cadmium exposure, as ScienceDirect reports
Babies are especially vulnerable to these toxic ingredients. Due to their small size and the fact that their bodies are still developing, even a small amount of these toxins could cause lifelong health problems.
If you suspect your child’s health condition was caused by toxic baby food, you can contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options and legal rights.
Suing for Toxic Ingredient Exposure in Baby Food
Product liability cases give wronged consumers the chance to receive compensation when companies or corporations behave negligently. However, the odds are not automatically stacked in your favor. Baby food companies like Gerber, Kroger, and others:
- Are often very large and have more resources than individual plaintiffs
- Have been sued before and know how to navigate the legal process
- Hire high-power attorneys to deal with lawsuits like yours
Instead of taking on the baby food companies alone, this is why plaintiffs may ask the court to combine their cases into a mass tort. A mass tort levels the playing field by:
- Reducing legal costs
- Shortening the length of the legal action
- Allowing the plaintiffs’ attorneys to share knowledge and evidence
Baby food companies are already being sued for toxic ingredients, but you may be able to join a mass tort, if one forms, and pursue damages for the risks your child faced.
If you cannot join an existing lawsuit for any reason, your lawyer can talk to you about starting your own case.
Compensation for Exposure to Toxic Baby Food
You may be able to recover several damages if your child was exposed to toxic ingredients in their baby food. This includes:
- Medical expenses related to treating their contaminant-related condition, both now and in the future
- Wages you or your partner could not earn because you were busy caring for your child
- Physical and emotional suffering your child will have to endure due to their condition
- The cost of special schools or other resources your child will need to help them succeed in life
- Your child’s disabilities, if they developed a physical disability or developmental delay because of the exposure
- Your child’s loss of quality of life, if they will not be able to live the kind of life you expected them to prior to eating the contaminated food
Likewise, the amount you can expect to receive will depend on your circumstances.
This is only a partial list of the damages available. Every case comes with unique factors, so it is a good idea to speak to a lawyer and get advice specific to your situation.
A Lawyer Can Help With Your Toxic Baby Food Case
Parents across the country are suing the baby food companies listed above and others for allegedly allowing toxic ingredients into the food. Many are doing so with help from personal injury attorneys.
Hiring an attorney can make it easier for you to take legal action by:
- Listening to your story and letting you know if you qualify to join an existing lawsuit
- Finding enough evidence to support your case so that a judge does not dismiss it
- Representing you at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, depending on your case’s needs
- Filing all of the necessary paperwork to start your case, requesting appropriate compensation, and so on
- Communicating with all other involved parties, including but not limited to the baby food company, other lawyers, and the judge handling the case
- Addressing any changes in the situation or questions you have
Your focus should be on caring for your child, not on managing a legal case. Many personal injury lawyers are happy to offer free evaluations and to charge no attorneys’ fees up front, making it easier and more affordable to get the legal help you want.
Proving Toxic Baby Food Caused Your Child Harm
Getting fair compensation is not always easy. The court will want to see very strong and specific evidence of the following:
- The baby food company or retailer knew of the unhealthy levels of toxic ingredients in its products but took no action to protect consumers.
- You used the contaminated baby food.
- Your child was diagnosed with a health condition known to be connected with the toxin in question, and it is unlikely they would have developed that condition if not for the contaminated baby food.
This evidence could come from your child’s medical records, the liable party’s records, scientific tests carried out on baby food samples, testimony from experts in pediatric health, and more.
If you believe you have evidence that could strengthen your case, be sure to let your lawyer know. Your attorney can also request materials from you or take your statement to submit it as evidence.
Suing Over Toxic Ingredients in Baby Food
If a baby food company endangered your child by using toxic ingredients, you could file a lawsuit against any and all liable parties being sued for negligence. We have access to a nationwide network of mass torts attorneys who can help you build your case and fight for what you deserve. Fill out our contact form to get started today.