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Baby Formula Lawsuit

Similac and Enfamil Toxic Baby Formula NEC RiskHas your infant been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after consuming potentially toxic baby formula? You may qualify for a baby formula lawsuit and be entitled to significant compensation. Manufacturers like Mead Johnson & Company and Abbott Laboratories are facing a growing number of toxic baby formula lawsuits alleging that negligence and wrongdoing exposed infants to serious health risks.

IMPORTANT: If your infant has consumed Similac or Enfamil baby formula and later been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), you may qualify for a lawsuit against baby formula manufacturers. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced, compassionate baby formula lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111. There are no upfront costs and absolutely no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. 

Enfamil and Similac Formulas Potentially Linked to NEC Infant Death

Baby Powder Lawsuit - Similac and EnfamilRecent evidence suggests that certain brands of potentially toxic baby formula may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a digestive disease that can be fatal. Manufacturers of this baby formula face a growing number of baby formula lawsuits alleging that they negligently failed to warn consumers of the possible danger.

Manufacturers of potentially toxic baby formula include Mead Johnson & Company and Abbott Laboratories.

What Brands of Baby Formula Are Potentially Toxic?

Research suggests that Similac and Enfamil baby formula may be toxic and cause necrotizing enterocolitis in infants. Studies have indicated that infants who have ingested cow-milk-based formula like Similac and Enfamil are at significantly greater risk of developing NEC, which can result in death.

Alarmingly, Similac and Enfamil baby formulas are developed specifically for premature infants, who are already at increased risk for developing necrotizing enterocolitis.

“What’s the Evidence of Toxic Baby Formula?”

Recent research underscores the potential danger posed by cow-milk-based baby formula and necrotizing enterocolitis, including:

  • 1990 study published in The Lancet — this landmark study found a link between bovine baby formula and NEC, suggesting that formula-fed babies were at 10 times greater risk for developing necrotizing enterocolitis.
  • 2000 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics — a similar study later found that infants fed with breast milk or human milk fortifiers were 90 percent less likely to develop NEC compared to those fed with cow-milk-based baby formula. 2 more studies published in 2013 found even stronger evidence supporting this conclusion.
  • 2012 study published in the Journal of Pediatric Research — researchers found that “premature infants fed formula are more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) than those who are breastfed.”
  • 2021 report published in the British Medical Journal — researchers found that manufacturers of baby formula like Similac and Enfamil have funded “biased and unreliable” clinical product trials and may have downplayed potential baby formula health risks. The researchers found that the “formula trials lack independence or transparency, and published outcomes are biased by selective reporting.”

For more information on research linking cow milk-based baby formula to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), see the “Does Baby Fomula Cause NEC?” section below.

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is “a serious gastrointestinal problem that mostly affects premature babies. The condition inflames intestinal tissue, causing it to die.” NEC typically develops within two to six weeks after birth. The Cleveland Clinic notes that the majority of infants — 9 out of 10 — who develop NEC are born prematurely. Overall, NEC affects roughly 1 in every 1,000 premature babies. Only roughly 1 in 10,000 full-term babies develop NEC.

Is NEC Serious?

Cases of NEC in infants can range from mild to serious. In some cases, necrotizing enterocolitis can result in death. Infants diagnosed with NEC are at risk of developing other serious and even life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Abdominal infection — NEC may lead to the development of a hole in the intestinal wall, which allows bacteria to enter the abdominal cavity, potentially causing an infection called peritonitis, which can lead to the potentially deadly blood infection, sepsis.
  • Short bowel (short gut) syndrome — this condition impedes the absorption of nutrients and fluids and often means the affected child will require lifelong care, sometimes involving a feeding tube.
  • Intestinal stricture — a narrowing of the intestines that can make digestion difficult.
  • Growth failure and developmental delays — NEC can contribute to slower growth and development of neurocognitive ability; the condition is common among infants with NEC who require surgery.

Symptoms of NEC

Symptoms of NEC may vary widely. According to the Cleveland Clinic, common symptoms of NEC include:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing
  • Green or yellow vomit
  • Diarrhea with bloody stool
  • Lethargy
  • Refusal to eat and lack of weight gain

Does Baby Formula Cause NEC?

Studies dating as far back as 1990 have linked the potentially fatal condition necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) developed in premature infants with bovine-based formulas like Similac and Enfamil. The manufacturers of these products are now facing an onslaught of lawsuits that claim they failed to warn consumers about the dangers of their formula when given to premature infants.

So, does baby formula like Similac and Enfamil cause NEC? Studies are still ongoing, but there is significant evidence to suggest that not only does a link exist, but manufacturers may have deliberately downplayed these health risks to both parents and healthcare providers.

While no single cause of NEC has been identified, studies have shown a strong association between premature infants who have been formula-fed with bovine-based formulas and higher risk for developing NEC. 

Research on Baby Formula and NEC Risk

Studies concerning the link between baby formula and NEC date back as far as 1990, starting with a study published in The Lancet which suggested that infants fed bovine-based formulas were ten times more likely to develop NEC than infants who were breast-fed.

Similar studies published in 2017 by the National Institute of Health, in 2012 by the Journal of Pediatric Research, and in 2021 by the British Medical Journal have all supported the findings of the original study, linking a higher risk of NEC to infants who were formula-fed over infants who were not.

“My Infant Consumed Similac or Enfamil Baby Formula. What Are My Options?”

Toxic Baby Formula Lawsuits - Riddle & BrantleyStudies have linked cow-milk-based baby formulas like Similac and Enfamil to NEC, a potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease. If your child fed with Similac or Enfamil, you may qualify for a baby formula lawsuit against a manufacturer like Abbott Laboratories or Mead Johnson & Company. Call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

IMPORTANT: If your infant has fed with Similac or Enfamil baby formula, consult with your physician about the potential risk of developing NEC. He or she may recommend alternatives.

Toxic Baby Formula Lawsuits

Our firm is actively investigating claims that Similac and Enfamil baby formula caused necrotizing enterocolitis, a gastrointestinal disease that can result in death. In one recent wrongful death claim filed against baby formula manufacturers Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company, the plaintiffs alleged that warnings included on Similac packaging were “overly broad and vague, and do not ever mention that the product significantly increases the risk of NEC and death, nor provide any detailed instructions or evidence on when and how to feed the infants and how to avoid NEC and death when feeding its products.”

To be clear, Similac, Enfamil, and potentially other cow-milk-based baby formula may cause NEC and death, and potential victims deserve justice. Riddle & Brantley’s baby formula lawsuits attorneys are actively investigating these claims and we would love to help however we can. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced baby formula lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and convenient form below.

Allegations Against Abbott Labs and Mead Johnson & Co.

With over 30 years of research available linking a higher risk of NEC to premature infants fed bovine-based formulas, many consumers are filing baby formula lawsuits alleging that Mead Johnson & Company and Abbott Labs (manufacturers of Enfamil and Similac, respectively) have downplayed the potential risks associated with their products.

One recent wrongful death claim filed against Abbott Labs alleges that the few warnings included with Similac were “overly broad and vague, and do not ever mention that the product significantly increases the risk of NEC and death, nor provide any detailed instructions or evidence on when and how to feed the infants and how to avoid NEC and death when feeding its products.”

The recent lawsuit also alleges that the company “did nothing to change their product, packaging, guidelines, instructions, and/or warnings” when they became aware of the evolving research linking bovine-formulas like theirs to NEC in premature or otherwise at-risk infants.

The lawsuit also points out that there are many alternative formulas available that are not made from cows’ milk (and thus may present a lower risk for NEC in premature infants), but that instead of switching their formula, the manufacturers “continue to promote and sell their defunct cows’ milk-based products.”

“Our firm is committed to holding manufacturers accountable for any negligence or wrongdoing in these heartbreaking cases.”

Gene Riddle, baby formula lawsuit attorney, Riddle & Brantley

Free, No-Obligation Case Review

There are no upfront costs and the claim investigation is free of charge. If you decide to hire us for your toxic baby formula lawsuit, there are no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t pay any attorney fees. It’s as simple as that.

Call our compassionate product liability attorneys at 1-800-525-7111 today for a free case review concerning a potential baby formula lawsuit. Potential victims deserve justice, and we would love to help you however we can.

Why Riddle & Brantley for Your Baby Formula Lawsuit?

Since 1985, Riddle & Brantley has been fighting for justice for those injured due to others’ negligence. We pride ourselves on providing excellent client service, and strive to treat every client like family.

“You’ll walk in the front door as a client but leave as family. They’re the absolute best.”

Susan S., Riddle & Brantley client

Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

In more than 35 years serving victims of others’ negligence, we’ve been honored to receive recognition with membership and awards from some of the most prestigious organizations in the legal industry (see disclaimer below), including:

  • The Litigator Award (Gene Riddle)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (Gene Riddle, Molly Schertzinger, Darren Dawson)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (Alex Riddle)
  • Super Lawyers (Gene Riddle, Adam Smith, Darren Dawson)
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Gene Riddle)
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell (Gene Riddle, Adam Smith)

Our Results

Since 2000 alone, our experienced baby formula lawyers have recovered more than $600 million on behalf of our deserving clients (see disclaimer below). We’re proud to be recognized for our results by such prestigious organizations as Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum (see disclaimer below).

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

Do You Qualify for a Baby Formula NEC Lawsuit?

Baby Formula Lawsuit Lawyer - Riddle & BrantleyIf your infant has been fed with Similac or Enfamil baby formula and been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), you may be entitled to compensation and we would love to help however we can. Call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a compassionate baby formula lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley. We’ll review your case and advise you on your legal options. If you decide to hire us, you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

That’s our promise to you. We strive to get justice and maximum compensation for all our client, and we’d love to help you if we can. Call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

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