You'd think that allowing your preterm baby to drink Enfamil during their stay in a neonatal critical care unit would help them acquire the nutrition they need. However, Enfamil has been linked to complications like necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). So, the result may diverge massively from what you hope for.
Your San Antonio Enfamil lawsuit lawyer can fight for fair compensatory damages if your preterm infant was given Enfamil and became ill due to the formula.
The Definition and Symptoms of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
NEC is a medical disorder of the digestive tract that causes tissues to die in simple terms. If Enfamil causes NEC, it most likely indicates that bacteria in the formula harm and kill the digestive system's tissue wall. Cleveland Clinic states that premature newborns are more likely to have NEC. Unlike adults, preterm infants have immature organs that can't protect them from potentially hazardous toxins.
The dangers of NEC extend beyond the digestive organs to other sections of the infant's body, such as the abdomen. Because the intestine is weakened, stomach acid or other digestive acids or enzymes containing germs may seep out. That is why NEC poses such a threat. Newborns with NEC may show the following symptoms:
- Refusal to consume food
- Blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and respiration fluctuations
- Swelling and discomfort in the abdomen
- Intestinal holes
Mead Johnson (Enfamil) and Abbott Laboratories Inc. (Similac) face litigation from parents. If any of the above symptoms emerge in your infant, please seek medical attention right away. After that, you might want to retain your personal injury lawyer. You could hold those responsible for your baby's suffering accountable.
Long-Term Consequences of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
When your little one is diagnosed with NEC, they may struggle during recovery. Even if your child manages to live through it, there might be long-term effects. Cleveland Clinic cites a few examples:
- Intestinal strictures
- Abdominal infection
- SBS or short bowel syndrome
- Developmental issues with the nervous system
These issues might significantly impact your child's life, not just for a few years but for the remainder of their life. For this reason, you could be entitled to compensation for existing and future losses. Our San Antonio attorneys can assist you in obtaining what you need.
Details About the Lawsuit You Could File Against Enfamil
Premature newborns' intestines aren't yet grown enough to digest cow's milk adequately. As a result, preemies fed bovine-based infant formulas are at an even higher risk of having NEC. Despite this, infant formula manufacturers continue to sell and advertise their goods, warning. In this way, the manufacturers are not paying attention to more vulnerable babies and their families.
You could sue Enfamil for:
- Healthcare costs
- Failure to provide adequate warnings about the product's potential side effects
- Warranty violation
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
The most severe charge leveled against these firms is that they fail to warn adequately. Failure to notify parents and guardians that placing their preemies in danger of acquiring NEC—a condition already widespread among infants—by consuming the product has resulted in newborn injuries and fatalities across the country.
How Our Enfamil Lawsuit Attorneys Serving San Antonio Can Assist You
When you call our team, they can assist you in obtaining payment for the suffering, agony, medical procedures, and other damages you and your baby have endured. They could assist you with the following:
- Gathering paperwork, including your baby's birth certificate, proof of Enfamil product usage, medical records, NICU admittance documentation, and more
- Organizing records to reflect the week your baby was born to prove premature birth
- Investigating the circumstances surrounding your baby's illness and, if required, obtaining any additional evidence
- Representing you in court and throughout the preparatory process, so you receive sufficient compensation
You're Not Alone in This Fight for Your Child's Health
An Enfamil lawsuit lawyer will be there for you from beginning to end if you have to go to trial. We'll go to any length to preserve your right to reimbursement. Whatever the giant corporation and its attorneys hurl at us, we'll be ready for it.
You can even pursue medical malpractice claims against doctors and hospitals who may have given your preterm baby cow's milk-based formula instead of safer options.
Your Lawyer Will Determine Whether You Have a Case
You may have doubts whether you have the right to sue, even though your baby is evidently sick or unwell. It's understandable to be concerned since you'll be up against a large corporation like Mead Johnson. To help alleviate your worries, begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- Was my child born preterm or with any other susceptibilities?
- Is my child suffering from NEC?
- Was my infant given Enfamil or Similac formula at the hospital?
- Was I advised about the dangers of using formulas based on cow's milk, such as Enfamil or Similac, for vulnerable babies?
If you replied "yes" to any of these questions, speak with us about filing a case against the formula's manufacturer.
Do Not Worry About the Cost of Hiring Our Personal Injury Services
Our firm operates on a contingency-fee basis. So, you don't have to pay us anything until we secure a settlement or judgment for you. We take our fee out of the damages we win.
Other firms might ask you to hire your representative on retainer, paying high fees by the hour. Up front, you might even be asked to pay in part or in full. Our team will never ask this of you.
Sit Down With Our Team Serving San Antonio
Feel free to contact Dolman Law Group for a free consultation. We're ready to address your concerns regarding the strength of your case and questions about the process. Once our lawyers working with San Antonio families determine that you have a strong enough case, we'll prepare an Enfamil lawsuit.
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