Manufacturers like Abbott and Mead Johnson have stated for years that their baby formula products are safe and nutritious alternatives to breast milk for infants. However, the reality is that many healthcare professionals believe these companies do not adequately warn consumers of all the potential risks associated with their products. Recent evidence indicates that using specific formulas may correlate with an increased risk of infants developing necrotizing enterocolitis, an extremely dangerous and potentially fatal intestinal disease.
As a result, numerous NEC baby formula lawsuits are currently in progress, with initial trials expected to move forward as early as 2024. When you suspect your infant contracted necrotizing enterocolitis because of baby formula you were told was safe, you may have grounds to pursue litigation. Our capable and compassionate product liability lawyers could advocate for you and get you the best outcome possible.
Necrotizing enterocolitis is a disease affecting the intestinal tract of newborn infants. The disease causes a newborn’s intestinal lining to swell and become “necrotic,” meaning that the cells inside the tissue have died and could cause life-threatening damage to nearby tissues or organs. This disease is commonly seen in infants born prematurely or dealing with other diseases. It typically manifests within two to three weeks of birth, producing the following symptoms:
Often, doctors can address the early stages of this disease through intravenous feeding and consistent monitoring. Advanced cases could require emergency surgery to remove necrotic tissue or repair holes in the intestinal tract. In extreme cases, this condition can be fatal. A legal representative could investigate your baby’s NEC diagnosis and collect evidence to use in a formula claim.
While doctors are not entirely sure of what causes NEC in premature or sick infants, there is substantial evidence suggesting that consumption of cow milk-based infant formulas—most notably, those sold under the brands Enfamil and Similac—is correlated with an increased risk in premature babies of developing NEC. The companies that produce these formulas have neither recalled the products in question nor provided any warning to consumers that their product could cause this side effect.
Because of this “failure to warn,” numerous class action lawsuits in various states have been filed against the corporations that make and sell the problematic baby formula brands. Anyone whose child suffered harm from necrotizing enterocolitis after consuming baby formulas may have grounds to join an in-progress case.
Every company that makes or sells consumer products in America has a legal duty to warn consumers about possibly harmful effects that normal use of their products could have. Baby formula manufacturers are no exception. If your child developed necrotizing enterocolitis from baby formula without you being made aware that was possible, you may take legal action on their behalf.
NEC baby formula lawsuits could allow your family to obtain the compensation you need. Call today to learn how our legal representatives could help you.
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