Most babies do well with baby formulas. However, some studies have connected premature babies who consume formula to a higher risk of a life-threatening gastrointestinal disease called Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). One formula brand in particular is now the subject of personal injury lawsuits: Similac. However, neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor the manufacturer has issued an NEC baby formula recall for Similac products as of January 2022.
Still, if your baby was born prematurely, consumed Similac formula, and later developed NEC, you may have a personal injury case. Your family could recover compensation for all the losses incurred as a result. Our lawyers are committed to helping you through such a difficult time by fighting for justice.
What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?
NEC is a severe medical condition caused by a bacterial infection. It primarily affects premature infants due to their weaker immune systems. Specifically, the condition involves a baby’s large intestines becoming inflamed, potentially creating a hole in the intestinal wall. Following the inflammation, bacteria can leak out of the damaged intestine, causing infection and even death.
Cleveland Clinic outlines several symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis, including:
- Green or yellow vomit
- Changes in blood pressure and heart rate
- Bloody stool
- Abdominal swelling
Potential Causes for NEC in Premature Infants
While there is no known cause of NEC, scientific studies have shown a strong connection between cow’s milk-based formulas and premature babies who develop NEC. Other potential causes include:
- Overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine
- Limited blood and oxygen flow to the intestine
- Intestinal injury
Seeking treatment for your infant’s NEC is the priority, and these costs can quickly add up. If baby formula like Similac may have contributed to your child’s condition, you could seek compensation for these and other damages.
Similac NEC Baby Formula Lawsuits
In some situations, health care professionals recommend baby formula for premature babies or babies with underlying health conditions when breastmilk is not an option. This helps infants get the nutrients they need to grow.
Similac is a cow’s milk-based formula mostly fed to premature babies. Plaintiffs in the Similac lawsuits claim that the manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories, failed to warn doctors and parents about the potential dangers associated with the consumption of the product.
Can I File a Lawsuit for My Infant’s NEC?
Though there has been no recall for Similac baby formula related to NEC, you may be eligible to file an NEC lawsuit against the formula’s manufacturer if you meet the following conditions:
- Your baby was born before term.
- Your baby used Similac baby formula before it developed NEC.
- Your baby later developed NEC.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit, a personal injury attorney can evaluate your case. Your lawyer will launch an investigation, gather evidence to support your claim, document and calculate damages you are entitled to, and aggressively seek the compensation that you deserve.
Potential Compensation From an NEC Similac Baby Formula Lawsuit
If your baby developed NEC after being fed Similac, you could file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer and the corporations responsible for marketing and selling the product.
Our lawyers understand the intricacies of such cases and are ready to seek the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical expenses, including treatment, nursing services, medication, and monitoring
- Pain and suffering
- Any wage loss you experience while your child receives treatment
- Emotional turmoil
- Funeral and burial expenses, if NEC caused the death of the baby
NEC baby formula lawsuit attorneys can determine if you are eligible to seek compensation. Our attorneys will review your case and advise you on the types of compensation you could receive.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Seek Justice for Your Family
Our lawyers understand the burden at hand and are ready to handle the legal intricacies of your NEC lawsuit so that you can focus on the health of your baby. We will fight hard for fair compensation to cover the costs associated with the injury.
What’s more, you do not have to worry about legal fees. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you will not pay anything until we deliver a settlement or court award.
The Deadline to File a Claim
Like all other personal injury claims, you must file an NEC Similac lawsuit within a set deadline under the statute of limitations. Failure to file within this window may prevent you from recovering damages. The good news is that our lawyers understand the urgency of the matter and can help you file promptly.
We Can Connect You With an NEC Similac Formula Lawyer
If your premature baby was given Similac and later developed NEC, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation. At Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we hold manufacturers’ feet to the fire. Our attorneys will fight hard for your compensation, and we will not back down until we obtain justice for you and your loved one.
We want to talk to you about your child’s NEC and begin your personal injury case right away. Contact Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
The Dolman Law Group works with local counsel in any jurisdiction outside Florida for the purpose of filing lawsuits in jurisdictions wherein we are not licensed. Thus, we will follow each State’s ethical rules to ensure a local attorney is involved.