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Similac Lawsuit

Similac Lawsuit

Similac lawsuits have been filed for premature babies who were injured or died of necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal disease linked to cow’s-milk baby formula.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

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

What is Similac?

Similac® is a cow’s-milk based baby formula that is marketed by Abbott Laboratories for infants under 12 months old, including premature babies. The formula is manufactured by adding milk sugar (lactose), and the butterfat is removed and replaced with vegetable oils and other fats.

Types of Similac for Premature Babies

Similac Special Care® is a baby formula that is specially advertised for premature newborns (preemies). Other products, such as NeoSure® and Human Milk Fortifier® are also made by the same companies that make Similac. All of these products may increase the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis.

What is the Problem?

Unfortunately, the label on Similac does not include warnings about necrotizing enterocolitis, which is a life-threatening intestinal side effect that is far more common in premature babies who are given cow’s-milk baby formula rather than human milk (which may be pasteurized and sourced from donors).

Health Risks of Similac in NICU Babies

Premature babies need human breast milk, but mothers can’t always breastfeed a baby in the NICU. Premature babies also need extra calories to grow, so doctors mix Similac (cow’s milk formula) with human breast milk. Unfortunately, the baby’s intestines may not be able to digest cow’s milk properly, which can lead to severe inflammation, necrotizing enterocolitis, sepsis, and death.

Evidence Linking Similac and Necrotizing Enterocolitis

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended premature infants should only drink human milk. The expert advice is based on decades of research linking cow’s-milk formula with necrotizing enterocolitis.

For example, a study in 1990 confirmed that premature babies were 6-10 times more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis if they were exclusively given cow’s-milk based baby formula instead of human breast milk — (Source: “Breast milk and neonatal necrotising enterocolitis”).

Similac Lawsuit Filed for Baby Who Died of Necrotizing Enterocolitis

In May 2021, the parents of a premature baby boy who died of necrotizing enterocolitis filed a Similac lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company.

The baby, Daniel R., was born at 31 weeks and hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Valley Children’s Hospital in Merced, California, where he was fed Similac infant formula. Tragically, he died of necrotizing enterocolitis at just 16 days old.

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

Similac Lawsuits Accuse Abbott Labs of Downplaying Deadly Side Effects

The label on Similac only warns that “very low birth-weight infants are particularly susceptible to gastrointestinal complications.” As a result, Abbott Laboratories has faced lawsuits from parents who accuse the company of failing to warn about the deadly health risks of Similac, particularly for premature infants.

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) occurs when part of the intestinal wall dies due to severe inflammation, which can create a hole that leaks bacteria into the abdomen. Once this occurs, the baby can rapidly develop a severe infection that spreads in the body.

What is the Risk?

Necrotizing enterocolitis is the most common deadly intestinal disease in premature babies. It occurs in 7-12% of premature babies who weigh less than 3.3 pounds, and about 30% of cases are deadly.

NEC Can Lead to Long-Term Health Problems

Many babies only survive NEC after undergoing surgery to remove part of the intestines, but this often results in lifelong nutritional problems, or other complications, such as:

  • Lifelong nutritional problems
  • Need for parenteral (IV) nutrition.
  • Failure to thrive
  • Intestinal strictures, perforation, adhesions
  • Liver disease (cholestasis)
  • Developmental delays
  • Short bowel syndrome if a large amount of intestine is lost
  • Peritonitis (abdominal inflammation)
  • Sepsis
  • And more

Do I have a Similac Lawsuit?

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

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