Beginning in early 2022, families all over the United States have joined individual lawsuits against companies like Mead Johnson and Abbott Laboratories—manufacturers of pre-mature Enfamil and Similac baby formulas. Multiple studies dating as far back as 1990 have shown that consumption of formula dramatically increases the risk that premature babies will develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious gastrointestinal condition. However, Mead and Abbott provided no warnings about NEC on their products to families, their doctors or other medical providers.
If your child contracted NEC after ingesting a preemie from Similac or Enfamil baby formula, call CSS Firm to learn more about your legal rights. Our premature baby formula NEC lawyers can provide support throughout every stage of your case and help represent your family’s best interests.
The Link Between Baby Formula Products and NEC in Premature Babies
Both Similac and Enfamil premature baby formulas are cow-milk-based. More than 30 years of extensive medical research shows that those types of formulas, when given to premature babies, increase the risk of NEC and other infections in the bowel by large multiples.
Some NEC cases are mild and result only in some temporary physical discomfort. However, most others can result in severe inflammation, intestinal tissue decay, and death. In extreme cases, NEC may leave a hole or perforation in an infant’s intestines, resulting in life-threatening infection throughout the entire abdominal cavity or sepsis of the blood.
Legal Options for Impacted Families
Despite the evidence indicating the dangers of giving cow-milk-based formula to babies born prematurely, manufacturers have consistently failed to warn consumers of this possibility on their baby formula packaging or via other avenues of information. This constitutes a violation of their legal duty as responsible product manufacturers to inform consumers of all known risks associated with normal use of their products.
If your premature baby ingested cow-milk-based baby formula and developed NEC, you may have the right to pursue a mass tort product liability claim. Mass tort litigation is a legal action in which multiple plaintiffs with similar claims file their cases individually but in concert with one another to hold a single defendant liable.
Because mass tort cases can be very complex, it is important to work with a reputable law firm, like Childers, Schlueter & Smith. An experienced lawyer can help you pursue an NEC case against the premature baby formula manufacturers.
Contact a Baby Formula NEC Attorney for Help Today
As a parent, learning that your child has developed a severe medical condition is heartbreaking. Manufacturing companies should be held financially liable for any harm they cause due to their failure to provide reasonably safe products. A seasoned premature baby formula NEC lawyer can explain your legal options and guide you throughout the process. Contact CSS Firm today to schedule a free consultation to learn your legal rights and options. 1-800-641-0098 or via email to Intake@cssfirm.com