Has your Baby developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis?



Our personal injury attorneys are pursuing Enfamil and Similac baby formula lawsuits for premature babies who suffered necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  Evidence has shown that cow milk in these formulas contributes to premature newborn babies developing NEC.  The NEC baby formula lawsuits allege that the research has long shown an association between cow’s milk and NEC and that the manufacturers of Similac and Enfamil had a duty to warn doctors and patients of these potential risks.  If you think your baby may have been harmed from being fed a cow’s milk based formula, contact the NEC baby formula lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. today for a free claim evaluation. We are available 24/7 at (888) 348-2735 to take your call and stand ready to fight for you and your baby.

Premature babies and those with low birth weights often need extra nutrition to address their low weight.  Most hospitals, nurses, and doctors recommend that preterm infants with low birth weight be put on formula if the baby is having difficulty or will not breastfeed.  The decision to supplement with formula is a regularly made and one would expect it to be a safe decision.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case and it can lead to serious medical problems in the newborn baby.

Recent research has shown that some cow’s milk-based infant formulas have been linked to a deadly condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  The use of cow milk can lead to an increased risk of developing the gastrointestinal disorder which can result in the intestinal wall becoming inflamed and later destroyed.  In some cases, this can result in infection, blood poisoning, and tragically, death.

The NEC Baby Formula Lawsuits allege that the makers of these formulas knew of the risks of NEC and failed to warn of the possible risks associated with their use.  Abbott Laboratories (Similac) and Mead Johnson & Company (Enfamil) have not added warning labels to their products regarding the potential risks.  It is unclear if hospitals or even doctors were aware of the risks and therefore could not have warned already overstressed mothers and fathers of the risks.

If you believe that your child has suffered an injury or died due to necrotizing entercolitis (NEC) after being fed a cow’s milk based formula, you should contact a skilled NEC baby formula attorney to help you establish a claim.  You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other costs caused by your child’s injuries.

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

NEC is a serious and devastating disease that mainly affects the intestines of premature and low-weight infants.  It is caused by a bacteria that attacks the wall of the newborns intestines which can lead to a local infection and inflammation.  This inflammation of the colon can lead to the death of the organ tissue and ultimately destroy the intestinal wall or result in perforations of the intestinal wall.  Once the intestinal wall has been destroyed by bacteria, the result can be the spillage of stool into the infant’s abdomen leading to an overwhelming infection, organ failure, and death.

What causes Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

The exact causes of necrotizing enterocolitis are unknown but the condition typically presents itself in infants who are born premature and are formula feeding.  NEC affects 1 in two to four thousand babies.  While rare, the condition occurs in nearly 10% of premature babies.

Researchers believe NEC occurs due to the extremely thin lining of the intestines in premature babies.  Clinical studies have confirmed that premature babies fed only human breastmilk have a lower risk of NEC and death.

Some doctors and researchers believe that cow’s milk based formulas are harder for premature infants to digest because of their bacteria makeup and contribute to the incidence of NEC.  Additionally, infant formulas may not be fully sterile and may pose a risk of serious bacterial infections for vulnerable premature infants.

What are the symptoms of NEC?

Premature infants may experience the following symptoms as a sign of NEC:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Abnormal breathing patters
  • Vomiting
  • Fluctuations in temperature
  • Tiredness
  • Refusal to eat or hold down food
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pressure
  • Swollen, red, or tender stomach

Necrotizing enterocolitis can also result in serious injury including permanent blindness, loss or removal of the small and/or large intestine, and cerebral palsy.

What is the recent scientific evidence linking NEC and Cow Milk formula?

What infant formulas are included in this lawsuit?

Mead Johnson Nutrition is facing claims of failure to warn of the risks of developing NEC after using Enfamil products including the following:

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

Similarly, Abbott Laboratories, Inc. is facing claims of failure to warn of the risks of developing NEC after using Similac products including the following:

  • Similac NeoSure
  • Similac Alimentum Expert Care
  • Similac Liquid Protein Fortifier
  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier
  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier Hydrolyzed Protein Concentrated Liquid
  • Similac Special Care 20
  • Similac Special Care 24
  • Similac Special Care 24 High Protien
  • Similac Special Care 30

What settlement amounts are expected in NEC Infant Formula Lawsuits?

While it is early in the NEC infant formula litigation, estimated settlement amounts and compensation payouts can be calculated by looking at jury verdicts in NEC medical malpractice lawsuits.  Those payouts include:

  • New York Verdict: $5 million
  • New York Settlement: $1.35 million
  • California Settlement: $10 million
  • Michigan Settlement: $50,000
  • Louisiana Settlement: $347,000
  • Florida Settlement: $900,000
  • Massachusetts Verdict: $7 million

How much does it cost to have an NEC Infant Formula Lawyer review your case?

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our personal injury lawyers work strictly on a contingency fee basis.  This means we only get paid if your claim results in a settlement or verdict in your favor.  Additionally, we provide a free NEC baby formula case evaluation to help determine the best course of action for your potential claim.

Call Our NEC Baby Formula Lawyers Now

The baby formula industry is an international financial powerhouse, spending $57 billion worldwide and $2.1 billion in the U.S. Do not go it alone, let us fight them for you to get the compensation you rightfully deserve. We work hand in hand with some of the most experienced and respected law firms nationwide and have the resources your case needs to stand toe to toe with pharmaceutical giants.

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Former Client M. B.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc. we firmly believe that the client’s needs come above all else and have established a fully transparent fee structure to reflect that. We work on a strictly contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not receive anything from you unless we are able to recover money either by settlement or verdict. Regardless of what type of case you have or what is required, you will know everything up front with no surprises. We shoulder the costs of the filing and litigation on your behalf and at no risk to you.​

Call the NEC Baby Formula lawyers Marin and Barrett, Inc. today (888) 348-2735 to schedule your free consultation, it only takes a few moments and there is no obligation.


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