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NEC Lawsuit • 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 an NEC Lawsuit.

An NEC lawsuit may help parents hold negligent formula companies accountable. Enfamil is at the center of thousands of NEC lawsuits.Similac is at the center of NEC lawsuits.

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) lawsuits claim that the cow’s milk-based baby formula is causing premature (or premie) infants to develop a gastrointestinal illness condition. The Carlson Law Firm is helping clients sue Enfamil and Similac manufacturers for their failures to warn parents about NEC risks in premise.

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.

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If you have a premature infant who was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis after being given cow’s milk baby formula, contact The Carlson Law Firm to file an NEC Lawsuit.

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If you have a premature infant who was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis after being given cow’s milk baby formula, contact The Carlson Law Firm to file an NEC Lawsuit.

Parents May Not Know That Their Premature Babies Developed NEC

Unfortunately, parents who lost their babies to NEC may not know. Alternatively, parents of children with long-term illnesses or developmental also may not know the cause of their child’s health condition. If you suspect your baby or toddler suffered from NEC in their early months of life, contact an NEC lawyer. Our legal team is available to assist you in your fight against negligent companies.

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.

How to Recognize if My Baby had Necrotizing Enterocolitis

The signs of NEC become apparent when there is a feeding intolerance, abdominal distension, and bloody stools after 8-10 days of age.

Typically, 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

The estimated mortality rate associated with NEC ranges between 20% and 30%. The highest rate of NEC infant mortality is among those who require surgery. Recovery from NEC can result in long-term complications that may include intestinal stricture and short bowel syndrome.

If your baby developed NEC after being fed cow’s milk-based baby formula, contact an NEC 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.

Prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants

According to research, necrotizing enterocolitis is a devasting disease that many premature infants face. In some cases, the condition is largely preventable. For example, human donor milk is considered a safe alternative for premature babies when the mother’s own milk is not available. Additionally, some researchers recommend giving premature infants “probiotics to alter the balance of the gut microbiome in favor of non-pathogenic bacteria” by mouth.

Who is eligible for an NEC lawsuit?

Our NEC lawsuit attorneys are reviewing claims for families who have children that were

  • Fed Similac or Enfamil formula
  • Born before 37 weeks
  • Diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis

Our compassionate baby formula lawsuit lawyers are assisting families with injury or wrongful death lawsuits against formula manufacturers. Contact us at 800-359-5690 or fill out a form to determine your next steps.

How long will an NEC lawsuit last?

Lawsuits against formula manufacturers are in the very early stages of litigation.

How long do I have to file an NEC Lawsuit?

Because the window for filing product liability lawsuits is limited to two to three years depending on your state’s laws, it’s important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. However, this should not discourage you from consulting with an attorney. Contact an NEC lawyer at 800-359-5690 to discuss your family’s situation and needs.

Who will I file an NEC 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 NEC Lawsuit attorneys is 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 NEC 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 allege the following:

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

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

Enfamil lawsuits

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

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 Necrotizing Enterocolitis 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 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.

To get the legal representation you need, contact an NEC lawyer today to schedule your free consultation at 800-359-5690.

We Care, We Can Help

If you have a premature infant who was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis after being given cow’s milk baby formula, contact The Carlson Law Firm to file an NEC Lawsuit.

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