NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit

Baby formula made with cow’s milk, like Similac® and Enfamil, may increase the risk of premature infants developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious gastrointestinal disease.

If your child was diagnosed with NEC, contact Simmons Hanly Conroy now — even if this happened years ago. You may be eligible for compensation.

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Similac® and Enfamil Lawsuit for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a gastrointestinal disease that may affect low birth weight and preterm infants. It can cause serious medical issues, including infections, intestinal perforation, and death.

Research has shown that cow’s milk-based baby formulas and fortifiers, like Similac and Enfamil, may increase an infant’s risk of NEC.

Over 500 families have filed NEC baby formula lawsuits to seek justice and hold companies accountable for their negligence, as of June 2024.

In March 2024, a jury awarded $60 million to the mother of an infant who passed away from NEC after he was given Enfamil baby formula.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we have over 20 years of experience fighting for families who have been harmed through no fault of their own.

Contact us now to see if you may be eligible for compensation from an NEC formula lawsuit.

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Baby Formula Brands with Cow’s Milk

If a baby formula or milk fortifier contains protein from cow’s milk, it can put premature infants at risk of developing NEC.

Baby formulas that may contain cow’s milk protein include:

  • Avacare®
  • Baby’s Only®
  • Bobbie®
  • Earth’s Best®
  • Enfamil™
  • Gerber®
  • Happy Baby®
  • Holle®
  • Lebenswert™
  • Loulouka™
  • Kendamil®
  • Parent’s Choice®
  • PediaSure®
  • Similac®

If your child developed NEC after consuming any of the products or another baby formula made with cow’s milk, contact Simmons Hanly Conroy to find out your legal options.

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Types of Similac with Cow’s Milk

Similac, which is made by Abbott Laboratories, offers a wide range of milk fortifiers and baby formula products.

Similac products that contain cow’s milk include:

  • Similac 360 Total Care®
  • Similac Alimentum®
  • Similac Expert Care® Alimentum®
  • Similac Go & Grow
  • 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

Since premature infants often have weaker immune and digestive systems, they may be more susceptible to gastrointestinal problems like NEC after consuming these Similac products.

Types of Enfamil with Cow’s Milk

Mead Johnson & Company, LLC manufactures a wide range of Enfamil formulas.

Enfamil products made with cow’s milk include:

  • Enfamil DHA-In-Sol
  • Enfamil 24 Calorie Formula
  • Enfamil Enfagrow® Toddler and Enfagrow Premium™ Toddler
  • Enfamil Enspire™
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Acidified Liquid
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Powder (HCPM)
  • Enfamil Liquid Human Milk Fortifier High Protein
  • Enfamil Liquid Human Milk Fortifier Standard Protein
  • Enfamil NeuroPro™ EnfaCare® Premature Baby Formula
  • Enfamil NeuroPro™ Gentlease®
  • Enfamil Nutramigen®
  • Enfamil Premature 24 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature 30 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Iron Formula 20 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 30 Cal with Iron

If your child was diagnosed with NEC after drinking any of these Enfamil products, you may be able to file a lawsuit to hold the baby formula company accountable.

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Who Can File an Enfamil & Similac Lawsuit?

You may be able to file an Enfamil or Similac lawsuit if:

  • Your child was born prematurely
  • They were given a formula that contained cow’s milk protein
  • They developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

Many parents are left feeling confused about how their child developed NEC. Infants who spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may have been given baby formula made with cow’s milk, like Enfamil and Similac, by hospital staff.

If your child passed away from NEC, you can seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.

Even if your child’s illness happened years ago, you may still be eligible to file a claim.

Contact us as soon as possible to get started, as laws called statutes of limitations set a deadline for how long you have to take legal action.

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How to File a Baby Formula Lawsuit

If you have a case, Simmons Hanly Conroy can handle the litigation process on your behalf. This allows families to prioritize their loved ones during this difficult time.

Our lawyers and attorneys can:

  • Provide you with a free consultation to see if you qualify for a baby formula lawsuit
  • Collect evidence to show your child’s disease was caused by cow’s milk-based formula
  • File your NEC baby formula claims before any deadlines
  • Negotiate a baby formula lawsuit settlement on your behalf
  • Present your case in court during a trial if a settlement isn’t reached

Let us help you hold negligent baby formula manufacturers accountable for the harm they’ve caused.

Our Baby Formula Lawyers Can Help Families in All 50 States

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our baby formula lawyers can help families in all 50 states seek justice after an NEC diagnosis.

We have the resources and experience needed to stand up to major baby formula manufacturers and fight for compensation that can help pay for your child’s medical bills.

Why choose our baby formula lawsuit lawyers?

  • Over 20 years of experience
  • More than $10.6 billion secured for families nationwide
  • No out-of-pocket costs or hourly fees

What happened to your child wasn’t fair. Let us help you hold those responsible for their illness accountable.

Contact us now for a free consultation to see if you can pursue compensation from a baby formula lawsuit.

Baby Formula NEC Lawsuit FAQs

Is there a lawsuit against Enfamil?

Yes. Over 500 lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Enfamil, Similac, and other cow’s milk-based baby formulas, as of June 2024. These lawsuits claim that manufacturers failed to warn consumers about the risk of NEC.

If your child was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis, you may still be able to take legal action and compensation for their injuries — even if it happened years ago.

Get a free consultation now to see if we can fight for baby formula lawsuit settlements on your behalf.

Do I qualify for the NEC lawsuit?

Possibly. To qualify for the NEC lawsuit, you must have a child that:

  • Was born early or at a low birth weight
  • Consumed milk-based baby formula or milk fortifier
  • Received an NEC diagnosis

Find out if you qualify now during a free case review.

What is the average payout for the NEC lawsuit?

It’s difficult to determine an average payout for the NEC lawsuit because compensation amounts will vary depending on the specific details of each case.

An Illinois jury recently ordered Mead Johnson, the maker of Enfamil, to pay $60 million to a woman whose child passed away from NEC.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we’re committed to getting our clients the best results possible. Contact us now to get started.

How much does it cost to file an NEC formula lawsuit?

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, there are no out-of-pocket costs or hourly fees to file an NEC formula lawsuit.

Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we successfully secure compensation for you.

Do NICU babies drink formula?

Many babies in the NICU are given formula to provide them with the nutrients needed to grow and develop, especially if they are unable to breastfeed.

Unfortunately, when breast milk and donor milk aren’t an option, babies may receive cow’s milk-based formula like Enfamil and Similac from hospital staff, which can increase the risk of NEC.

Reach out to our team now if your baby was in the NICU and developed NEC. We can help you figure out if the baby formula they were given may be to blame.

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