Baby Formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of infants who were fed cow’s milk-based infant formula and suffered lifelong injury or death. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of cow’s milk-based formula claim that premature babies who received these formulas developed a serious gastrointestinal disease known as Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).

What Do We Know About Baby Formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuits?

Premature babies may be fed with cow’s milk-based formula or fortifiers, such as Similac and Enfamil, that are designed to boost the weight and nutritional intake of premature infants while they are in the NICU or hospital. These formulas have been linked to a serious condition that can cause the destruction of intestinal tissue or perforate the intestine. The risk of a premature infant developing NEC rises significantly when the infants is fed cow’s milk-based formula.

Baby Formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis Injuries

Serious health conditions are associated with NEC from cow’s milk-based formula. Symptoms of NEC include diarrhea, abdominal pain, swelling, abnormal breathing, and lack of weight gain. NEC may result in intestinal perforation, intestinal infection, sepsis, and death. The intestinal injury caused by NEC often requires surgical intervention. Even with surgery, many infants may experience lifelong health complications including neurodevelopmental conditions, short bowel syndrome, and delayed growth. In some cases, NEC is fatal.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Baby Formula/NEC Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by cow’s milk-based Baby Formula, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.

Liability Law and Similac and Enfamil Infant Formulas

  • The manufacturers of Similac, Enfamil, and other cow’s milk-based infant formulas were aware of the dangers of NEC for premature infants who were fed milk-based formulas.
  • Despite having knowledge of the studies establishing a link between formula and NEC, the manufacturers of these formulas failed to include a warning label about the risk of NEC.

Studies Linking Baby’s Formula and NEC

NEC occurs in approximately 1 of every 2,000 full term births in the United States, but NEC develops in about 10% of premature babies. The high incidence of NEC among premature babies was reported in 1990 in the Lancet, which found that NEC was 20 times more likely in premature infants than in infants whose diets included breast milk (in infants born at 30 weeks gestation).

In 2012, Pediatric Research published a study that concluded that premature infants who are formula fed are more likely to develop NEC than those who are breastfed. The writers of the study hypothesized that formula contains levels of unbound free fatty acids that are toxic to intestinal cells.

In October 2021, a British Medical Journal reported that the manufacturers of infant formulas have participated in biased and inaccurate clinical trials testing the safety of their products, including lack of transparency regarding the danger of NEC.