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Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit

Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit

Lawsuits have been filed by the parents of premature babies who died of necrotizing enterocolitis after being given Similac and Enfamil infant formula.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting necrotizing enterocolitis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If your child was injured or died after being given Similac or Enfamil baby formula, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Enfamil Lawsuit Blames Baby Formula for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

In June 2021, a lawsuit was filed by the parents of a premature baby boy who developed necrotizing enterocolitis after being given Enfamil and/or Similac cow’s-milk based baby formula in the hospital. The boy needed surgery to remove a large part of his intestines. Madison County Circuit Court case number 21-L-000560.

Similac Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit Filed in California

In May 2021, the parents of a premature baby who died of necrotizing enterocolitis filed a lawsuit against the makers of Similac infant formula, accusing the company of failing to warn about the deadly risk.

The lawsuit accuses Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company, LLC of failing to warn about the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis when Similac is given to very premature infants.

The case was filed on May 14, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California — Case Number 1:21-cv-00798.

Who Filed the Similac Lawsuit?

The Similac lawsuit was filed by the parents of Daniel R., a baby who was born prematurely at only 31 weeks gestation. He was given Similac infant formula in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California. Tragically, he developed necrotizing enterocolitis in the NICU and died at only 16 days old.

1990 Study Links Formula and Necrotizing Enterocolitis

The lawsuit points to a study in 1990 in which 926 premature infants were found to be 6- to 10-times more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis if they were exclusively fed cow milk-based infant formula, compared to infants who were fed human breast milk alone (Source: “Breast milk and neonatal necrotising enterocolitis”).

What is the Problem?

Over the last 30 years, many other studies have confirmed that premature infants should be given human breast milk exclusively. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics also recommended that premature infants should only be given human breast milk.

Even so, the label on Similac and Enfamil do not include warnings about this life-threatening risk — instead, the label on Similac only warns that “very low birth-weight infants are particularly susceptible to gastrointestinal complications.”

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is inflammation in the intestines that commonly occurs in premature infants. The inflammation can severely damage the intestines and cause a hole that allows bacteria to leak out into the abdomen, resulting in an infection. Once this occurs, the infection can spread rapidly in the body and cause death.

Symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

  • Tummy bloating or swelling
  • Tummy redness or abnormal color
  • Poor feeding
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody bowel movements
  • Lack of energy
  • Fever
  • Breathing pauses

List of Cow’s-Milk Baby Formulas

Around 80% of baby formulas are cow’s milk-based. Almost every major brand offers a cow’s-milk based infant formula. Here are a few examples:

  • Similac
  • Enfamil
  • Earth’s Best
  • Happy Baby
  • Go & Grow
  • Gerber
  • Parent’s Choice
  • And more

Do I have a Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting necrotizing enterocolitis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If your child was injured or died after being given Similac or Enfamil baby formula, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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