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$60 Million Awarded for the Loss of a Child

Published: Apr 2, 2024 in Firm News

In a groundbreaking legal case, Jasmine Watson was awarded $60 million by a St. Clair County jury for her son Chance Dean’s death from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) caused by Mead Johnson’s cow’s milk-based premature infant formula.

The trial, Case #21-L-1032 Watson v. Mead Johnson, lasted nearly four weeks and was led by plaintiff attorneys. Watson argued that Mead Johnson failed to adequately warn of the product’s risks, leading to NEC. The jury swiftly awarded compensatory damages exceeding the plaintiff’s request, highlighting industry shortcomings. This case is the first of its kind for NEC, with similar cases nationwide. The Belleville NEC lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC continue to support affected families, offering free consultations. Call 618-277-3644 or submit an online form for the legal help your family deserves.