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Mass Tort Attorneys for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Babies

If your baby developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) from Enfamil or Similac baby formula, do not hesitate to contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC. You might be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent manufacturer of these dangerous baby formulas.

NEC is an intestinal disease that affects premature infants. It occurs when there’s inflammation or injury to the tissue in the large or small intestine. Unfortunately, it can cause intestinal tissue death and, in some cases, a perforation in the wall of the affected intestine.

Lawsuits filed by parents throughout the country state that the manufacturers of bovine-based baby formulas knew of the risks of NEC but did not disclose it on their warning labels. As a result, parents and hospitals weren’t aware of the adverse effects underweight and premature babies faced from consuming formulas, such as Similac and Enfamil.

At The Driscoll Firm, LLC, our mass tort attorneys are ready to represent you in your case against the negligent manufacturer. We can help you pursue the maximum compensation you are owed for the suffering your baby endured. You deserve the chance to stand up to the manufacturer and fight for justice.

Call The Driscoll Firm, LLC today at 800-900-7704 for your free consultation and learn more about what we can do for you

What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis is the most common intestinal disease premature babies can develop. It occurs when the large or small intestine becomes inflamed or injured.

When a baby develops NEC, their intestine can’t hold waste and keep it isolated from the rest of the body anymore. That allows bacteria to pass into their bloodstream. Waste can also travel into the abdomen, causing the baby to become severely ill.

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The most common symptoms of NEC include:

Most cases of necrotizing enterocolitis occur in babies born prematurely before the 32nd week of pregnancy. However, full-term infants can also develop the disease. It can begin to develop as early as the first two to four weeks of life.

Various complications can arise in babies with necrotizing enterocolitis. The most common complications of NEC include:

Treatments for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

The most effective treatment for your baby’s NEC will depend on a range of factors, including how prematurely they were born and how much the disease has progressed.

Your doctor could recommend any of these treatments for NEC:

It could take around five to seven days to get rid of the infection. After treating the infection, you can start feeding your baby by mouth again.

However, surgery becomes necessary if the treatments don’t improve symptoms or if the NEC caused a hole in the baby’s intestine. During surgery, the doctor can remove dead tissue and ruptured parts of the intestine and any parts that could rupture.

Baby Formula Involved in NEC Lawsuits

IMead Johnson Nutrition and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. are two manufacturers responsible for providing hospitals and consumers with baby formula despite the associated risks. You might qualify for a lawsuit against either of them if your baby consumed any of the baby formulas below and developed necrotizing enterocolitis:

Mead Johnson Enfamil Formula

Abbott Laboratories Similac Formula

Studies Showing Link Between Cow Milk Formula and NEC

The results of scientific studies have shown a causal link between babies developing NEC and consuming cow milk-based infant formula.

1990 – The Lancet published a study of 926 preterm babies given cow milk formula. The results showed they were six to ten times more likely to suffer from necrotizing enterocolitis.

2010 – The Journal of Pediatrics compared the effects of a bovine-based formula and breast milk or human milk fortifiers. They found that infants were 90 percent less likely to develop NEC from consuming a human milk fortifier or breast milk.

2011 – The U.S. Surgeon General released a Call to Action supporting breastfeeding infants. Premature babies are 138 percent more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis if they’re not fed human breast milk.

2014 – A review of scientific evidence showed a higher rate of NEC in babies drinking formula than in those who were fed breast milk.

2015 – A Portuguese study discovered a 50 percent decrease in rates of NEC when babies consume breast milk instead of formula.

2016 – A study involving more than 1,500 newborns showed a lower incidence of NEC when they consumed only breast milk.

2019 – A Cochrane study showed rates of NEC seven times higher when premature infants were given cow milk-based formulas.

2021 – A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that breast milk is the preferable option for reducing NEC risk in premature babies.

Compensation Available for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

If you’re the parent of a baby diagnosed with NEC, you could file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. The compensation you receive should compensate for the losses you suffered, such as:

You should consult The Driscoll Firm, LLC to determine whether you’re eligible for a mass tort case against the manufacturer.

During a mass tort lawsuit, multiple plaintiffs who suffered similar injuries seek compensation from the same defendant. Every plaintiff doesn’t split the financial award equally. The amount of money you receive will depend on the circumstances of your individual case.

Why Hire The Driscoll Firm, LLC?

The Driscoll Firm, LLC has represented clients harmed by the wrongdoing of others since 2008. We believe in holding manufacturers liable for their actions. You won’t be alone while you pursue compensation for the losses you suffered. We will provide the personalized attention you deserve and remain by your side until the end.

We understand the financial implications of caring for your baby while seeking legal action against a large manufacturing company. It can create financial strain and lead to debt if you can’t afford the expenses. We take cases on contingency, so you’re not forced to pay us upfront. We don’t collect any of our legal fees or costs unless we secure compensation for you. If we lose, you won’t have to pay.

Our award-winning mass tort attorneys have built an excellent reputation within the legal community. We’ve received multiple awards and accolades for the work we do for our clients. We’ve been recognized by prestigious organizations, such as the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The American Trial Lawyers Association. We’re proud of the level of service we provide and the case results we have achieved.

Contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC

The Driscoll Firm, LLC will take on the manufacturer on your behalf and aggressively pursue the justice you deserve. We know no amount of money can change what happened to your infant, but we hope it can offer the economic relief you need to pay for necessary medical treatment and other costs. You should not be responsible for the expenses you incurred because of the manufacturer’s negligence.

You can depend on our legal team to go to battle for you. We can handle every step of the process so you can focus on what matters most – taking care of your baby. We understand the devastation of what you’re going through and want to provide the guidance and support you need. You will have a compassionate and dedicated attorney in your corner to advocate for your rights and try to reach a favorable outcome in your case.

If your baby developed necrotizing enterocolitis after consuming a bovine-based baby formula, contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC immediately. We can review the circumstances of your case to determine whether you qualify for a mass tort lawsuit against the manufacturer. Call us at 800-900-7704 for a free consultation today.