Every infant deserves care, protection, and love after birth. But premature children or pre-term babies require more health, dietary and medical treatment than others, including care in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). That’s why the trial attorneys at Hendrickson & Long, PLLC are seeking to help families harmed by baby formula that causes Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). If your baby developed NEC after receiving baby formula like Enfamil or Similac in the NICU or hospital, you may have a legal claim. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact us today.
What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?
NEC is a serious disease that develops when the tissue in the large intestine becomes injured or inflamed. When the wall of the intestine is invaded by bacteria, it can cause a local infection and inflammation that can destroy the lining of the intestine.
This can cause the bowel to become perforated, and bacteria can pass into the bloodstream, causing a devastating infection. If immediate treatment is not provided, it could put the baby’s life in danger.
While NEC can develop in all newborns, up to 80 percent of NEC cases involve premature babies. According to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, NEC affects between one and five percent of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions.
Why is cow’s milk-based formula, such as Similac and Enfamila linked to Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) has been shown to be related to the use of substitute milk given to premature babies. While studies have shown that a mother’s own milk or human breast milk from a milk bank reduces the risk of NEC significantly, many hospitals and medical professionals have chosen to rely on cow’s milk-based formulas, such as Similac and Enfamil.Despite being marketed as a safe alternative, scientific studies, research, and the sad, tragic stories of families and babies suffering from NEC show otherwise.
Scientific evidence links NEC to cow’s milk-based formulas, confirming that premature babies who are fed cow’s milk-based formulas have a significantly higher risk of NEC (up to ten times more at risk) compared to those who are fed with breast milk.This has led the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other prominent public health organizations to strongly caution against feeding Similac, Enfamil, or other cow’s milk-based formulas to premature infants. Manufacturers of cow’s milk-based formulas, like Enfamil and Similac, never added a warning label to inform parents of the premature babies of the increased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) from cow’s milk-based formulas.
What are the signs and effects of Necrotizing Enterocolitis?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is an extremely painful disease that requires immediate treatment and, even when treated properly, can cause long-lasting, life-long damage that requires medical treatment throughout a premature infant’s life.
Serious health impacts that may be associated with NEC include Intestinal perforation, Intestinal infection, Abdominal infection, Sepsis, and, sadly, Death.
Common signs of NEC include Abdominal discoloration, Abdominal swelling, Apnea, Blood in the stool, Bradycardia, Constipation, Diarrhea, Digestive issues, Green vomit that contains bile, Hypotension, Lethargic behavior, Low or unstable body temperature, Poor feeding, and Vomiting.
The intestinal and abdominal damage caused by NEC often requires surgery to repair. NEC can be fatal. Surviving infants may suffer from significant and lasting adverse health effects, including, but not limited to, serious neurodevelopmental conditions, short bowel syndrome, and growth failure.
If your baby shows any symptoms of NEC, it is important for parents to discuss their concerns with a medical professional to ensure that the baby receives immediate medical treatment.
Protecting our Clients and their Loved Ones
While we understand filing a lawsuit adds to the fear and pain of a family dealing with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), the Attorneys at Hendrickson & Long, PLLC are here to assume your burden and hold both the medical professionals and product manufacturers accountable for hurting your premature baby. Each lawsuit against such companies and organizations raises awareness and further protects our most vulnerable: premature babies and sick children.
A lawsuit is the best way to attempt to compensate for the short-term and long-term costs associated with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) as your family and premature babies face a physical, mental, emotional, and, unfortunately, financial battle to compensate for this damage. Even if this bout with NEC occurred many years ago, you may have the right to pursue a lawsuit.
No parent should have to fear for the safety of their child because of baby formula or fortifier products. Our trial attorneys at Hendrickson & Long, PLLC are here to hold manufacturers of cow’s milk-based formulas, like Similac and Enfamil, accountable for their failure to properly warn parents that their products could cause NEC. Our trial attorneys at Hendrickson & Long, PLLC are here to seek compensation for the pain and suffering of your child and your family.
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Hendrickson & Long, PLLC is a mid-sized, WV-based firm that provides comprehensive legal advice and support for your family in WV.
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