Did your preterm infant develop the gastrointestinal illness NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) after being given Similac or another bovine milk-based baby formula product? If so, you could be entitled to compensation.
The dangerous product attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP investigate claims against Abbott Laboratories (the maker of Similac) and other manufacturers who may have failed to disclose the risks of feeding cow’s milk-based formula to premature babies. You have the right to demand answers, compensation, and justice for what your child and family have been through, and our NEC lawyers are here to help you get it.
Does Similac Cause NEC?
Scientific studies have shown that preterm babies who receive cow’s milk-based formulas like Similac and Enfamil are more likely to develop NEC. Cases of NEC most commonly occur in preterm infants between two and six weeks old. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews published findings in 2019 indicating that baby formulas containing bovine milk caused higher incidences of NEC in premature and low-weight infants than in human breast milk.
What is NEC?
Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, is a gastrointestinal bacterial infection that premature infants often suffer from. This infection causes inflammation in the intestinal tract and can even cause tissue death in the intestines. It can also cause other health complications, including strictures, sepsis, and perforations in the intestinal lining.
Other symptoms of NEC in premature infants include:
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Fluctuations in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature
- Bloody stools
- Changes in breathing patterns
- Green or yellow vomit
- Difficulty eating
- Difficulty gaining weight
If your preterm infant developed NEC after being fed Similac or another bovine milk-based formula, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit against the formula manufacturer your infant received. Contact our attorneys today to see whether you qualify.
Do I Qualify For a Lawsuit?
You may qualify for an NEC lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:
- Your infant was born prematurely
- Your infant received Similac or another bovine milk-based formula before developing NEC.
- Your infant was diagnosed with NEC, gut rot, or dead bowel
If you believe you qualify for a lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP today to discuss your case and evaluate your legal options.
Compensation for NEC Lawsuits
If your preterm infant received Similac, Enfamil, or another cow’s milk-based formula and later developed NEC, you may be entitled to recover compensation for losses related to your child’s condition. The amount you may be able to recover will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, such as the severity of your infant’s health condition, the resulting financial expenses, and the pain and suffering endured by your newborn.
Some types of compensation you may be able to recover include:
- Medical bills, surgery costs, and other expenses related to your infant’s recovery
- Lost wages, if you were unable to return to work as a result of your infant’s condition
- Other financial losses related to your infant’s condition
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma and mental anguish
- Punitive damages, if appropriate
Contact the NEC lawsuit attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP if this has happened to your infant. We will review your case, identify the liable party, estimate the damages you’re owed, and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
Contact an NEC Lawsuit Attorney Today
If your premature infant received Similac or another bovine milk-based infant formula and later developed NEC, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The NEC lawsuit attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have the experience and resources necessary to help you hold the manufacturer accountable for the harm your child has suffered. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation.