Lawsuits Against Toxic Baby Formulas
Parents are suing Enfamil manufacturer Mead Johnson and Similac manufacturer Abbott Laboratories because they either knew or should have known their baby formula products could cause Necrotizing Enterocolitis in premature infants. Manufacturers failed to warn parents and medical providers about the risk.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis is an incredibly serious condition that often results in permanent injury or death. Families who bring successful baby formula NEC lawsuits could receive a significant financial compensation payout for the harm their babies endured. Our Enfamil and Similac NEC baby formula lawyers will explore how to determine if your family is eligible for compensation.
Why is Necrotizing Enterocolitis So Dangerous?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis is a gastrointestinal infection that can cause rapid death of tissue in the inner intestinal walls of an infant. NEC usually occurs in premature babies (born 37 weeks or earlier) and the infection can develop in the large or small intestine. The necrotizing infection starts in the inner intestinal wall lining and gradually spreads to the entire thickness of the intestine.
Cases of NEC tend to range in severity. In some infants, NEC may be very mild and only cause discomfort from inflammation of the bowels. In other cases, NEC can be very serious and potentially fatal for the baby. Severe cases of NEC that are not immediately and effectively treated can cause a hole or perforation to develop in the intestinal wall. This can lead to short bowel syndrome, a condition the child will carry for the rest of their life.
When perforation of the intestine occurs with NEC, it creates a very dangerous situation that is potentially life-threatening. The hole in the intestine wall enables harmful bacteria to escape the digestive system and invade the abdominal cavity. This can quickly lead to a system-wide infection and eventually progress into the deadly bloodstream infection called Sepsis.
What Are the Symptoms of NEC?
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Diarrhea with bloody stool
- Green or yellow vomit with bile
- Changes in heart rate or blood pressure
- Changes in body temperature or breathing
- Refusal to eat
- Lack of weight gain or poor feeding
- Low Oxygen levels
Serious, life-threatening injuries including death have resulted from these companies’ failure to alert families of these dangers.
Potential Injuries and Side Effects from NEC
- Weight gain issues
- Gastrointestinal/bowel issues
- Neurological Conditions
- Abdominal infection called peritonitis
- Intestinal stricture
- Bowel adhesion
- Short bowel syndrome
Who Can File a Baby Formula Lawsuit
Your baby may have been fed Similac or Enfamil while in the hospital. If you are unsure, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you find out. Make sure you provide the name of the hospital and the hospital’s location during your free consultation.
After your baby was discharged from the hospital, you may have fed them a Similac or Enfamil baby formula product. If so, lawyers encourage parents to keep any receipts, proof of purchase, packaging or boxes from the formula for evidence.
Toxic Baby Formula Lawsuit Attorney
Having a premature baby is complicated enough, but when they’re fed a potentially dangerous formula, those complications become amplified. That’s why at Bart Durham Injury Law we’re here to take care of your family and get justice for what your baby has experienced.