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NEC Baby Formula Lawsuits • Similac and Enfamil 

The Carlson Law Firm is accepting clients whose premature infants have been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after being given Similac or Enfamil baby formula that contained cow’s milk. Contact our firm at 800-359-5690 to discuss how to file a Baby Formula Lawsuit.

Baby formula lawsuits claim that the cow’s milk-based baby formula is causing premature (or premie) infants to develop a condition called gastrointestinal illness necrotizing enterocolitis (NES). The Carlson Law Firm is helping clients sue the formula’s manufacturer, Abbott, for its failure to warn both physicians and parents about NEC risks in premies. 

Giving birth to a child is one of the most beautiful experiences a human can have. The early days of having a newborn baby are filled with joy, anxiety and hope. Parents of NICU babies often question if they’re doing it right, if they’re visiting enough and if they’re taking all the right steps to protect their littlest bundle. When companies put their bottom dollar over the health and safety of vulnerable populations, they deserve to be held accountable. 

What are Similac and Enfamil lawsuits alleging?

No matter who your lawsuit is against, claims against these two manufacturers allege that these companies failed to warn consumers that their baby formula can cause preterm infants to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). In lawsuits again Similac, attorneys are arguing that Abbott has been fully aware of scientific evidence linking their product to higher rates of NEC in premature babies. Despite this knowledge, both companies failed to add any kind of warnings to product labels. 

Similac and Enfamil cause NEC

Similac and Enfamil are two of the most popular brands of infant baby formula. Both products are made from cow’s milk and given to newborns a substitute for breast milk.

Unfortunately, cow’s milk formulas are associated with NEC in premature infants. In fact, a 2019 study from Cochrane revealed that feeding a baby formula that contains cow’s milk nearly doubles the risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis.

What is NEC? 

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious gastrointestinal issue that affects mostly premature babies. The condition is a serious gastrointestinal bacterial infection that results in the death or deterioration of tissues in the intestinal wall. 

  • Necrotizing refers to death in cells 
  • Entero refers to the intestines
  • Colitis refers to inflammation

In short, NEC is the death of intestinal cells after serious inflammation occurs. The condition causes intestinal tissue inflammation which leads to tissue in these organs dying. As a result, a hole forms in the baby’s intestine, leaking bacteria into the abdomen or bloodstream. 

What are the symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis?

NEC ranges in severity. For example, some infants may have very mild cases and only mild discomfort. Others, however, experience extremely severe and life-threatening cases that can threaten the life of an infant. There are several symptoms associated with necrotizing enterocolitis that parents should be aware of. These symptoms include the following: 

  • Green or yellow vomit
  • Inability to gain weight
  • Lethargy
  • Swelling and pain in the abdomen
  • Changes in heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
  • Bloody stool 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Refusing to eat

If your baby was developed NEC after being fed cow’s milk-based baby formula, contact a Baby Formula Lawsuit attorney to discuss how you can hold Abbott Labaroties and Mead Johnson accountable. Our legal team can help you get the justice you and your family deserve.

Who will I file a baby formula lawsuit against?

Your lawsuit will depend on the type of baby formula used. If your baby was fed Similac, then you will file a lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories. Similarly, if your baby was fed Enfamil, your legal claim will be against Mead Johnson Nutrition. 

Does baby formula cause NEC?

Yes. Credible science has made the connection between cow’s milk-based baby formula like Similac and Enfamil—when given to premature babies can result in the death and deterioration of tissues in their intestines.

Has there been a recall on Enfamil and Similac?

As of the publication of this article, the Food and Drug Administration has not recalled Similac or Enfamil baby formula—despite the packaging’s lack of a warning about an increased risk of NEC. Our team of Baby Formula Lawsuit attorneys are looking into the following products: 

  • Similac Special Care, made by Abbott Laboratories
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier, made by Mead Johnson & Company
  • Enfamil NeuroPro EnfaCare Infant Formula, made by Mead Johnson & Company

Our attorneys are pursuing these claims to ensure Similac and Enfamil manufacturers are held accountable.

What is happening with Baby Formula Lawsuits?

Since June 2021, parents have been bringing suits against Enfamil manufacturer Mead Johnson & Company. Similarly, parents have also begun filing lawsuits against Similac manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories, Inc. In both of these instances, lawsuits are alleging the following: 

  • Negligence
  • Design defect
  • Failure to warn
  • Wrongful death lawsuits
  • Intentional misrepresentation
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Breach of warranty

Our team of compassionate Baby Formula Lawsuit attorneys wants to help your family get the justice you deserve. Contact us at 800-359-5690 to schedule a free consultation.

The status of Enfamil lawsuits

Enfamil lawsuits are in the very early stages. It is likely that these cases will consolidate into multi-district litigation. 

The status of Similac Lawsuits

Litigation against Similac manufacturers is fairly new. As a result, there hasn’t been much movement on the status of these cases. However, it is likely that like the Enfamil lawsuits, these cases will be consolidated into an MDL. 

What information will I need to provide if I decide to file a Baby Formula Lawsuit?

To file a Baby Formula Lawsuit, you will start by telling your story to one of our legal representatives. During your free consultation, you should feel comfortable asking questions about the legal process and what your attorneys will expect from you. Next, your legal representative will begin the intake process to determine the severity of your infant’s injuries. Then, your lawyer will need a medical history of your child. This is so we can build your case against Abbott Laboratories and Mead & Johnson Company by connecting the dots between the science of cow’s milk baby formula link to NEC and how it affects you and your family.

Finally, we pride ourselves on keeping our clients updated on the status of their cases.

Can I sue a hospital for feeding my baby cow’s milk formula?

In some cases, parents are also bringing claims against hospitals that fed their babies Enfamil or Similac. Because each case is unique, this may or may not be an option for your family. Consult with a qualified NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit attorney to discuss the specifics of your claim. 

The Carlson Law Firm can help

For 45 years, The Carlson Law Firm has dedicated its services to helping victims of negligent companies. Our compassionate attorneys will treat your case with the respect it deserves. Cases like these can take years to resolve and our firm has the resources to represent your family until the payout. The Carlson Law Firm team can help hold negligent and careless companies accountable.

Contact a member of our legal team today to schedule your free consultation at 800-359-5690.

The Carlson Law Firm

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