What Parents Need to Know about NEC Baby Formula Lawsuits

Many premature babies who received several types of Similac and Enfamil baby formula developed a life-threatening condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The condition was directly linked to ingestion of these products. Now, a large number of parents are filing NEC baby formula lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products.

Let us discuss the main facts of this case in detail. If you believe that you qualify to take legal action against baby formula producers, consult with an experienced mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel.

What Are NEC Baby Formula Lawsuits About?

Parents who have already filed lawsuits state that the producers of baby formula for premature babies failed to warn them of the risk of NEC. They claim that the producers knew that their products were unsafe and could cause this severe health problem, yet took no action in the sense of:

  • Adding a written warning on the product labels
  • Recalling the products
  • Stopping the manufacturing of the product

At the present, the baby formulas in question are still produced and sold. There were only a few isolated product recalls in the U.S., none related to the risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis – Definition and Symptoms

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a life-threatening intestinal disorder affecting only newborns. Bacteria invade the wall of the intestine, resulting in inflammation, infection and, ultimately, death of the intestinal tissue. NEC has a 50% fatality rate – meaning that half of the newborn babies who develop it lose their life.

This condition is often triggered by feeding newborns formula based on cow milk – which is the main ingredient in the Similac and Enfamil products at the core of the NEC baby formula lawsuit.

The symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis are:

  • Yellowish or greenish vomit
  • Difficulty eating and gaining weight
  • Constipation
  • Fluctuations in body temperature
  • Diarrhea with dark-colored stools or blood
  • Swollen, red or tender abdomen

What Companies and Products Are Included in the Lawsuit?

The NEC baby formula lawsuits name two key defendants:

  • Mead Johnson & Company which produces Enfamil baby formula
  • Abbott Laboratories, producers of Similac baby formula

some baby formulas are linked with a fatal condition for newborns

As for the unsafe products, these are:

Similac Brand:

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

Enfamil Brand:

  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Acidified Liquid
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Powder
  • Enfacare Powder
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Liquid High Protein
  • Enfamil Milk Fortifier Liquid Standard Protein
  • Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare
  • Enfamil Premature 20 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature 24 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature 24 Cal/fl oz HP
  • Enfamil Premature 30 Cal
  • Enfamil 24 and DHA & ARA Supplement

What Are the Conditions to Qualify for Filing a Lawsuit?

If you want to know for sure if you can file a NEC baby formula lawsuit, the best decision is to consult with a skilled mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel. However, looking at the lawsuits already filed, we can identify a few common factors:

  • You have a child that was born prematurely
  • The premature baby was fed Similac or Enfamil in hospital
  • The baby was diagnosed with: necrotizing enterocolitis, sepsis, meningitis, bowel amputation, bacterial infection, bloody stool, abnormal bleeding or salmonella

Both parents whose children survived the condition and those whose babies lost their life due to NEC are qualified to take legal action. Also, the child must currently be less than 18 years old. After this age, they are considered adults and would have to file the lawsuit in their own name.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Experienced Mass Tort Lawyer!

Fighting big companies like the two baby formula producers requires a skilled mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel. These companies amass huge profits, but are never willing to accept liability for the damage and suffering their unsafe products generate.

We encourage you to gather all the evidence related to Similac or Enfamil use in baby feedings while your premature child was in hospital, as well as medical records indicating the health condition your baby developed. The next step is to get in touch with us and schedule a free case evaluation.

Call us today at 1-866-CALL-RSD!