Similac Formula Lawsuit – Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
Across the country, parents are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer of Similac baby formula, Abbott Laboratories. The Similac baby formula lawsuits claim that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn physicians and parents that its cow’s milk-based formulas may cause preterm infants to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This page provides more information about NEC and the Similac formula lawsuit.
If you want to discuss a potential Similac NEC lawsuit with our legal team, please schedule a free consultation. At Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., our attorneys are investigating these lawsuits for families.
What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a gastrointestinal condition that may occur in premature infants. In some infants this is a mild condition, but for others it is life-threatening. NEC causes a rapid deterioration of intestinal tissue, which can allow bacteria to leak through the intestinal wall and cause abdominal infections. Medical professionals will often treat this condition by replacing tube or oral feedings with intravenous (IV) fluids and nutrients. Treatment may also include antibiotics and, when necessary, surgery to remove the damaged intestine.
If your premature infant required surgery, has ongoing issues, or died due to NEC after being given Similac in the NICU, speak to an attorney. You may have legal options and be eligible to file a Similac NEC lawsuit.
The Link Between the Increased Risk of NEC and Baby Formula
Why do preterm babies have an increased risk of developing NEC when given popular infant formulas such as Similac? Medical professionals and scientists believe that this is due to the fact that the intestines of premature babies simply are not as developed as full-term babies. Preterm babies lack protection against infection and inflammation. Additionally, cow’s milk may encourage the growth of damaging and toxic bacteria. In comparison, human milk may add protection against damaging bacteria.
Is There a Lawsuit Against Similac?
As of July 2022, there are active lawsuits against Similac manufacturer Abbott Laboratories.
If you believe you have a claim and you wish to file with the help of our law firm, please contact us for a free consultation.
To learn more about the litigation against Similac, Enfamil or general information about a NEC baby formula lawsuit, visit our blog.
Which Similac Formulas Are Included in the Lawsuit?
Similac baby formulas mentioned in NEC claims brought against the manufacturer include:
- Similac Alimentum
- Similac Alimentum Expert Care
- Similac Human Milk Fortifier
- Similac Human Milk Fortifier Concentrated Liquid
- Similac Human Milk Fortifier Hydrolyzed Protein- Concentrated Liquid
- Similac Human Milk Fortifier Powder
- Similac Liquid Protein Fortifier
- Similac NeoSure
- Similac Special Care
- Similac Special Care 20
- Similac Special Care 24
- Similac Special Care 24 High Protein
- Similac Special Care 30
This is a list of formulas that are currently mentioned in Similac lawsuits. If you do not see the formula you are looking for above and you would like to know if you have a potential claim, speak to an attorney to discuss your unique situation.
Who Is Eligible to File a Similac Formula Lawsuit?
Was your baby given Similac while in the NICU? Was she or he also diagnosed with NEC which required surgery, caused ongoing problems, or resulted in death? If so, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Similac manufacturer Abbott Laboratories.
Please contact our law firm today at (888) 984-7988 or request a free consultation online. Our attorneys are investigating Similac NEC cases throughout the country. We can evaluate your potential claim during your free consultation.