There is strong evidence that cow’s milk in baby formulas Enfamil and Similac contributes to the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature babies. This is leading to many lawsuits from outraged families that claim manufacturers Mead Johnson & Company and Abbott Nutrition failed to warn parents and doctors about the risk. 

If your family has been affected, speak to an NEC baby formula lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates today. We are currently reviewing claims for families that are seeking justice.

What Is NEC?

Because many mothers are unable to breastfeed their children for many reasons, baby formula has become a common way to help children get the nutrition they need. This is key for the first months of life. Unfortunately, new studies show that it can be dangerous, too.

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a dangerous bacterial disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract, mostly in premature babies. The condition causes inflammation and irritation in the intestines, which can lead to the growth of dangerous bacteria. This condition can turn fatal. 

NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit Timeline

In 2011, John Hopkins University publishes research that found premature babies fed formula are at higher risk than other infants for developing NEC. The same year, the U.S. Surgeon General publishes a recommendation stating that American mothers were given bad advice from their healthcare providers when they were discouraged from breastfeeding, pointing to a higher incidence of NEC among babies given formula.

In one of the first lawsuits brought by an NEC baby formula lawyer in Texas, a family was awarded $23 million after a preterm infant died from NEC after being intubated and fed Similac Advance formula. 

In 2019, one of the first product liability lawsuits is filed by an NEC baby formula lawyer against Abbott and Mead Johnson for the death of preterm baby Daniel Renteria-Hernandez. This lawsuit paves the way for the others that will follow.

Now, all federal NEC baby formula lawsuits are consolidated and pretrial proceedings are to take place in the Northern District of Illinois. All new cases will be filed directly in federal court instead of in the home states of the plaintiffs. As of 2022, lawyers from both sides are selecting the first twelve NEC baby formula cases that will go to trial.

Reach Out to An NEC Baby Formula Lawyer

The widespread use of baby formulas like Enfamil and Similac has led many to assume that they are safe. Sadly, consumption of these products can lead to NEC and even death, which has left families scrambling for answers for their children. When you’re led to believe you’re doing the right thing for your child, only to discover you’ve been deceived, can be devastating for your family. 

Craig Swapp & Associates is gearing up for the long fight ahead for families facing illness and death because of NEC. Contact us today to speak with an NEC baby formula lawyer about getting your case heard and justice served. Call 1-800-404-9000 or fill out our online form and we’ll get in touch with you.