Morris James is pursuing claims against the manufacturers of Similac and Enfamil baby formula for failings that led to the illness and death of premature babies.
Numerous premature infants who were fed Similac or Enfamil formula in the neonatal intensive care unit developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious and life-threatening condition. The Similac or Enfamil products are cow’s-milk-based formulas that are specifically designed for premature infants. However, the manufacturers of the formula did not warn parents or medical providers that cow’s-milk-based formula carries a substantially increased risk of NEC for premature infants. Parents of affected infants are now suing manufacturers Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson for the harm they have caused.
NEC is a serious gastrointestinal disease that is most often seen in premature babies. It causes severe inflammation leading to intestinal tissue damage. In some cases, a hole develops in the infant’s intestinal wall, allowing bacteria to leak into the abdomen. Babies with NEC can become very sick, require major surgery, and develop lifelong complications. Tragically, NEC is often fatal in premature infants.
Multiple studies have shown that the risk of a premature infant developing NEC is significantly higher when they are fed cow’s-milk-based infant formula. One study found a 77% reduction in the odds of developing NEC for babies receiving an exclusive human milk diet over those fed or fortified with a cow’s-milk-based product. The manufacturers of Similac and Enfamil did not warn consumers of this risk. As a result, innocent babies have suffered by consuming their formula, and families have been torn apart by loss and overwhelming financial burdens.
At Morris James, our attorneys have been standing up for victims since we opened our doors in 1932. If your child has been harmed by infant formula or you have questions about infant formula lawsuits, you may find answers in our Infant Formula Litigation FAQs. You can also contact us online or call us 302.655.2599 to learn more.
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