NEC Baby Formula Cases

Many studies exist on the connection between cow’s milk-based infant formula or milk fortifiers and the increased risk in premature or low birth weight infants developing Necrotizing Enterocolitis, commonly referred to as “NEC”.

Similac and Enfamil are two of the leading brands of cow’s milk-based formula. Other known brands include Earth’s Best, Happy Baby, Go & Grow, Gerber, Parent’s Choice, Baby’s Only, Loulouka, Holle, Kendamil, Bobbie, and Lebenswert.

Types of injuries associated with NEC  may include intolerance to formula, bloated or swollen abdomen, bloody stools, jaundice, vomiting a greenish-yellow liquid, trouble breathing and a dangerously low heart rate. Studies reveal that many infants who suffered from NEC were never diagnosed as their complications were assumed to be the result of their preemie status.

If your child was born preterm or low birth weight and is currently under the age of 17 (at or under the age of 18 if deceased) and experienced any adverse side effects, baby formula and NEC may be to blame.

Download our informative white paper for more details on the connection between baby formula and NEC and the possible long-term complications. If this sounds like your situation, we also ask that scroll down or click any of the “get started” buttons to fill out our brief litigation questionnaire.

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WHAT IS NEC?

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious gastrointestinal problem that mostly affects premature infants. NEC causes inflammation in the intestinal tissue, causing it to die.

A perforation or hole may form in your infant’s intestine, allowing bacteria to leak into the abdomen or bloodstream through the hole. NEC usually develops within two to six weeks after birth, and can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. In many NEC baby formula cases, the infant required  surgery to manage NEC. Sadly, some cases of NEC resulted in death.

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THE LINK BETWEEN COW’S MILK-BASED FORMULAS AND NEC

In 2019, a review of all available literature, from clinical trials that compared formula versus donor breast milk for feeding preterm or low birth weight infants, which involved 1,871 infants, found that preterm infants given cow’s milk-based formula nearly doubles their risk of developing NEC.

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COMPENSATION FOR PARENTS OF BABIES WITH NEC

Parents whose premature babies were given cow’s milk-based formula or a milk-based fortifier and developed NEC have a right to bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product.

You may qualify for compensation through a baby formula lawsuit if your baby was:

  • Born prematurely
  • Used Enfamil or Similac formula
  • Diagnosed with NEC

Many product liability lawsuits have already been filed against Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, the manufacturer of the following products:

  • Enfamil NeoPro EnfaCare Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal High Protein
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 30 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 20 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil 24 Cal Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier

Other product liability lawsuits have been filed against Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of the following products:

  • Enfamil NeoPro EnfaCare Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal High Protein
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 30 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 20 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil 24 Cal Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier

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