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Many premature babies have been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and have suffered or even died after ingesting Similac or Enfamil formulas. Many powder baby formulas have been known for years to pose a risk of NEC to premature newborns. However, the manufacturers of Similac and Enfamil—Abbott Laboratories, Inc., and Mead Johnson, respectively—did not provide an adequate warning of these findings on their product labels. This has led to baby formula NEC lawsuits all over the United States against these companies.
Did you or a loved one have a premature baby develop NEC while using Enfamil or Similac brand formulas? If so, it's time to take action. Have an NEC baby formula lawyer from Douglas R. Beam, P.A. review your case today; you may be entitled to compensation.
Douglas R. Beam, P.A. works with a national team to help families of premature babies who have suffered catastrophic injury from Enfamil or Similac. Our team has over $1,000,000,000 in settlements and verdicts and is ready to represent you and your loved one today. You need an experienced legal team to seek the financial compensation that you deserve.
Similac and Enfamil are baby formulas designed to provide nutrition for premature babies. Ideally, premature babies would drink breast milk, just as any other baby would. This is because the nutrition, fats, and enzymes in it lead to strong organ development and a boost in the immune system. However, if breast milk is unavailable, the parent(s) must rely on baby formulas like Similac or Enfamil as a substitute. It should be safe for a new child to be fed formula.
Similac and Enfamil are both cow's milk-based formulas that parents and doctors initially believed to be safe for children. However, studies and clinical research have found that these baby formulas can cause a gastrointestinal infection in premature infants known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
According to the U.S. Surgeon General in 2011, feeding a vulnerable premature infant formula is associated with higher rates of NEC. Advanced in Review: An International Review Journal made a similar claim in a 2017 article. “Different types of nutrition may affect the onset or progression of NEC. Several studies have indicated that bovine milk–based infant formulas lead to a higher incidence of NEC in preterm infants than does human milk (HM).” Despite the evidence of the risks, Mead Johnson and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. failed to include warnings on product labels for Enfamil and Similac baby formulas. The manufacturer has a duty to disclose the increased risk to premature babies of using their formulas. A premature baby formula lawsuit aims to hold the formula manufacturers responsible for the damages caused by their products.
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Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially life-threatening disease that affects the intestines of premature babies within their first two weeks after birth. It occurs when tissue in one of the intestines becomes inflamed by bacteria. This inflammation can destroy the tissue or create a hole in the intestinal wall. Some cases of NEC are mild. Others are more severe and can pose a risk for serious infection in the bloodstream (sepsis) or even death if not treated immediately.
Unfortunately, some premature babies who were diagnosed with NEC after consuming Similac or Enfamil formulas have died. Others sustained brain injuries, bilateral blindness, intestine removal, and other catastrophic injuries.
If you recently fed your baby Enfamil or Similac formula and suspect they may have NEC, look for the following symptoms.
If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately so your child can be examined and receive the medical care they need. The health of your developing child is of the utmost importance.
The litigation involving the NEC baby formula lawsuits is still in its early stages, and parents are still coming forward with their claims. Despite the growing number of deaths and injuries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet initiated a nationwide recall on Enfamil or Similac baby formulas. However, there have been recent isolated recall incidents in two states. In Missouri, Enfamil baby formula products were removed from shelves at Walmart after a boy died. In Michigan, Abbott Nutrition voluntarily recalled certain lots of Similac after another infant died after testing positive for a serious illness.
Given that these lawsuits are just now being filed, there have not been settlements or verdicts. However, similar cases of this magnitude have resulted in settlements or verdicts in the millions to compensate the infants and their families.
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Has your infant or loved one suffered death, brain injury, bilateral blindness, intestine removal, or other catastrophic injuries from Enfamil or Similac? Contact our offices today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Our team is available at all hours of the day and will act quickly to protect your rights. For an immediate consultation, call our phone number (321) 723-6591, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the simple form below.