WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF SIMILAC AND ENFAMIL?
Similac and Enfamil, two very commonly used baby formulas, have been shown to cause necrotizing entercolitis (NEC) in premature infants. NEC is a serious gastrointestinal condition that causes intestinal tissue death. It can be fatal in as many as 50% of cases. The condition works by inflaming the intestines, sometimes leading to holes. Bacteria from the intestines can then enter the abdomen or blood, resulting in serious illnesses and blood infections. The manufacturers of these products knew that premature babies fed with baby food rather than breastmilk were at a significantly higher risk of developing NEC, and they failed to warn consumers.
BABY FORMULA BRANDS THAT MAY QUALIFY
The primary brands that qualify are Enfamil and Similac. Both formulas and milk fortifiers can lead to NEC when fed to premature infants.
WHAT INJURIES QUALIFY?
If your child experienced one of the following conditions after being diagnosed with NEC, you may be able to recover damages from the companies:
- Ongoing gastrointestinal or bowel conditions
- Intestinal perforations (holes in the intestines)
- Scarring or strictures in the intestines
- Cerebral Palsy
- Neurological damage
Injuries must have occurred within the past 17 years and death within the last 20 in order to qualify.
HOW OUR INJURY ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If your premature infant was diagnosed with NEC after consuming baby formula that did not include a warning, you need legal help. Our injury lawyers can examine your case and help you understand your rights. Time is of the essence. Please contact us by using the online form or by calling our office at 303-376-6360 so that we may better evaluate your claim.