Baby Formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit Lawyer

Infants born prematurely require nutritional supplements to assist in their development and growth. Oftentimes, it is difficult for premature babies to latch to breastfeed. Parents feed baby formula to supplement the necessary proteins, vitamins, and minerals needed to help the maturation of the infant. Most baby formulas contain cow’s milk and other various ingredients to mimic breast milk. Cow’s milk-based formulas dominate the baby formula market compared to soy formulas or extensively hydrolyzed formulas. However, numerous scientific studies link cow’s milk-based formulas to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We understand that no amount of compensation can make amends for the harm your infant endured. But, a lawsuit can assist you in holding negligent formula manufacturers accountable. Speak with an attorney at The Lake Law Firm today to learn more about how a baby formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis lawsuit can help you and your family. 

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 allege that premature babies who received cow’s milk-based formula developed a serious gastrointestinal disease known as Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).

What Do We Know About Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Common cow’s milk-based formulas include Similac and Enfamil. Manufacturers designed these formulas to boost the weight and nutritional intake of premature infants in the NICU. However, several scientific studies have linked these formulas to Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a serious gastrointestinal problem that typically affects premature babies. This condition inflames the intestinal tissue and leads to tissue death. Holes may form in the infant’s intestine through which bacteria can seep into the abdomen or bloodstream. Symptoms of NEC include: 

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Diahrrea with bloody stool
  • Green or yellow vomit
  • Lethargy
  • Refusal to eat and lack of weight gain
  • Changes in heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and breathing

Baby Formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis Injuries

NEC from cow’s milk-based formula can result in devastating health conditions. Concerns over cow’s milk-based formula span decades. In 1990, a study in The Lancet revealed that infants exclusively fed formula were 20 times more likely to develop NEC. Further studies identify cow’s milk-based formulas as the culprit in bacterial overload in an infant’s intestines. NEC remains a leading cause of death in premature infants and may be fatal in as many as 50% of cases. Injuries related to NEC include: 

  • Abdominal infections like peritonitis
  • Sepsis
  • Intestinal stricture
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Growth failure and developmental delays

Baby Formula and NEC Studies

Countless scientific studies have suggested a link between cow’s milk-based formula and NEC. In 2012, Pediatric Research concluded that premature infants fed formula are more likely to develop NEC than breastfed infants. Researchers hypothesized that the formula contains levels of unbound free fatty acids that are toxic to intestinal cells. Also, research continuously reinforces that cow’s milk-based formula is not a safer alternative to breast milk. A study published in Breastfeeding Medicine found that premature infants fed solely human breast milk were less likely to develop NEC. Then, 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 a lack of transparency regarding the danger of NEC.

Baby Formula-Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuits

Lawsuits concerning infants who suffered injury or died due to cow’s milk formulas like Enfamil and Similac are underway. These lawsuits against formula manufacturers Mead Johnson and Abbott Nutrition claim that their formula products contain no warning of NEC. As a result, claimants allege that Mead Johnson and Abbott Nutrition marketed their formulas as safe with no potential risks. While several studies have established a potential connection between cow’s milk-based formula and NEC in premature babies, manufacturers neglected to inform the public. Currently, 108 NEC cases are pending in a federal MDL.

Additionally, there is a separate MDL against Abbott Nutrition regarding its infant formula contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport.

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 correlation between NEC in premature infants and their products.
  • Despite knowing 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

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.