About Enfamil Baby FormulaNew mothers have the liberty to decide how to feed their newborn babies. Some mothers can't breastfeed, and others choose not to breastfeed their babies. Infant formula is a healthy alternative because it has sufficient nutrients an infant needs. However, it's crucial for mothers and medical providers to know the risks of using Enfamil baby formula. The Enfamil manufacturer, Mead Johnson & Company, LLC, faces numerous lawsuits from consumers who allege the formula can cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?NEC is an intestinal disease common among premature babies that causes tissue inflammation in the small and large intestines. NEC causes a life-threatening infection to the infant, could be long term or cause early death.
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of NEC?A baby with NEC will likely display many of the following symptoms:
- Tender belly
- Swollen red belly
- Green vomit
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Low unstable temperature
- Bradycardia (slow heart rate)
Treatment of Necrotizing EnterocolitisIt would be best if your child started treatment for NEC right after diagnosis to prevent further damage. Treatment may include:
- Using antibiotics to treat the infections
- Consulting a pediatric surgeon if necessary
- IV fluids for fluid replacement and nutrition
- Nasogastric drainage to remove air and fluid from the stomach
- Temporarily stopping all feedings for the affected child
Who Is More Prone to NEC?Premature infants (born before 32 weeks) are likely to suffer from gastrointestinal infections. Babies born after 32 weeks can also get NEC if they have other health problems like heart infections. These babies contract it within two to four weeks after birth.
Do I Qualify To File a Baby Formula Lawsuit?If your premature infant has been diagnosed with NEC after feeding them Enfamil formula, then our lawyers can help you with a lawsuit for compensation. If doctors in a hospital fed your baby Enfamil formula, you need to provide the hospital's name, and in case you're uncertain, our lawyers will help you find out. If you fed your baby after the doctors discharged him, then you need to keep any receipts or packaging boxes as evidence.
A Lawsuit Against the Enfamil ManufacturersIt's not uncommon for parents and medical facilities to sue the Enfamil manufacturer Mead Johnson & Company, LLC for defective design and failing to inform customers of the underlying effects of using Enfamil formula on preterm infants. On account of this, our baby formula lawyers are willing to pursue the lawsuit for your damages. The case could cover surgery to correct the NEC or a wrongful death lawsuit if your baby died.
Typical Causes of Action In NEC LawsuitsThe following are the causes of action in the Enfamil lawsuits:
- Strict product liability ("defective product")
- Failure to warn (all the Enfamil's warning label says is not to microwave the formula)
- Breach of warranty
Recoverable Damages in an Enfamil Baby Formula LawsuitOur lawyers are keen to ensure that you and your family get the compensation you deserve for the damages the Enfamil formula caused. We are looking to settle for the maximum compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
- In case of wrongful death, funeral expenses