SIMILAC AND ENFAMIL BABY FORMULA LAWSUITS
Is cow’s milk based infant formula to blame for your child’s necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?
Similac and Enfamil baby formula products have been fed to premature babies in the NICU of hospitals throughout the United States. Unfortunately, these bovine-based infant formula products from Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson have been linked to an increased risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) in babies born prematurely. Necrotizing Enterocolitis is a serious intestinal condition, which primarily affects premature and medically fragile infants. NEC progresses rapidly and begins when a newborn’s intestinal tissues becomes inflamed. When NEC is not properly treated, it causes the intestinal wall to weaken and results in perforations of the baby’s intestines. These perforations allow bacteria from the infant’s stool to enter the abdomen and bloodstream resulting in serious infections. Most infants who develop NEC die as a result of the severe infection and those infants who do survive suffer permanent lifelong neurological and nutritional deficiencies.
Numerous scientific studies have linked the use of cow’s milk based infant formulas and fortifiers to an increased risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in premature infants. Scientific studies have revealed a 6 to 10 times greater risk of NEC for babies who were fed cow’s milk infant formula versus babies who were fed only breast milk. Sadly, the manufacturers of these dangerous baby formula products failed to warn physicians, NICU nurses, mothers and fathers about the potential risks to infants and instead promoted their cow milk-based products as a premium baby formula for premature infants.
We have evidence to prove Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Similac Infant Formula and Mead Johnson, the manufacturer of Enfamil Infant Formula, knowingly failed to provide warnings of the link between their cow milk-based baby formulas and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) to physicians and the public, putting the lives of premature infants at risk.
NECROTIZING ENTEROCOLITISANDPREMATURE BABIES
NEC is typically diagnosed following a blood test for bacterial infections, a fecal test looking for blood in the baby’s stool, or by an x-ray revealing air bubbles in the baby’s abdomen or around the intestines.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis symptoms in premature babies include:
- Abdominal pain (swollen or tender belly)
- Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and temperature
- Bloody diarrhea or dark stools
- Green or yellow vomit containing bile
- Inability to gain weight
- Lack of appetite
- Baby is lethargic or less active
Necrotizing Enterocolitis complications in premature babies include:
- Developmental delay
- Failure to thrive
- Intestinal Perforation
- Intestinal narrowing or stricture
WHY CHOOSE US TO REPRESENT YOUR FAMILY?
Our law firm is prosecuting individual lawsuits, not class action lawsuits, on behalf of families whose newborn children were born prematurely and then diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis after being fed Similac Baby Formula or Enfamil Baby Formula.
Toxic exposure to baby formula claims require a very specialized knowledge and experience to litigate effectively. These lawsuits require an intimate knowledge of the mother and child’s medical history and the evidence linking the use of cow’s milk-based infant formula to the child’s diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis. It’s not something that a typical lawyer, or even a typical personal injury lawyer is able to handle.
Our law firm specializes in these kinds of cases and has earned such a strong reputation in this niche area of the law that other law firms refer us their clients due to our integrity, responsiveness and our proven track record of success in these types of cases.
When we take on your claim, we work tirelessly to get you the compensation you truly deserve. The maximum compensation possible for the pain and suffering you and your family has been through.
Are you ready to work with an attorney who genuinely cares about your case – a law firm who really knows how to prosecute these complex cases inside and out?
If your child was diagnosed in the NICU with necrotizing enterocolitis after being fed Similac Formula made by Abbott Laboratories or Enfamil Formula made by Mead Johnson, contact our law firm today to speak with an experienced injury lawyer who can answer your questions, explain your legal rights and evaluate your family’s claim.
We offer free, no-obligation consultations and represent all clients on a contingent fee basis, meaning you pay no out of pocket fees or costs unless we successfully resolve your claim.