Over the past 30 years numerous studies have found that premature infants face a higher risk of developing Necrotizing Enterocolitis(NEC) when fed cow’s milk-based infant formulas.
Researchers suggest that the risk of the NEC may be as much as 6 to 10 times higher for infants born prematurely when they are not solely fed milk or formula based on human breast milk.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious bacterial gastrointestinal disorder. It can swiftly attack an infant’s intestinal walls, causing intestinal wall disruption or tissue necrosis. In some cases the disease can progress to organ failure or death.
NEC nearly always affects babies born prematurely. It typically occurs two to six weeks after birth, and can be detected with the following symptoms:
Despite decades of studies and the availability of human milk-based formulas since 2014, makers of cow milk-based formulas and fortifiers have failed to warn parents of premature infants that their products may increase the risk of NEC.
Lawyers fear that thousands of children may have been injured from inadequate formula based on the lack of warnings, and are now filing lawsuits for those families affected. If your child was injured by NEC, contact us today.
Latest Information on the Infant Formula NEC Litigation
So far, no one has organized a Class Action Lawsuit for victims of infant formula necrotizing enterocolitis. However, lawyers are proposing a better alternative that will allow more legal options and greater compensation for families.
Lawyers representing children injured by Similac and Enfamil are proposing that the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation consolidate all federal infant formula NEC cases to a specialized court called a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) court.
This MDL venue, while often confused for a Class Action Lawsuit, is actually more beneficial for victims. In a class action lawsuit, one group of lawyers usually gather class participants who must share whatever is awarded.
However, the individual participants in a MDL are able to select their own lawyer, exercise more control over their case and whether it settles, and reap higher award amounts for their separate lawsuit.
MDL courts allow victims with similar injuries from a common defendant company band together their resources for greater strength, judicial efficiency and docket speed while keeping their compensation separated on a case-by-case basis.
DrugNews works only with law firms that have handled tens of thousands of these specialized federal MDL lawsuits and are routinely selected for the influential MDL Plaintiff Steering Committees. Contact us today for the latest updates and to speak directly with a lawyer.
If your child was born premature and developed a serious abdominal condition like necrotizing enterocolitis, it is important to have your case examined by a legal expert to see if you’re entitled to compensation.
Our qualified dangerous product injury lawyers will fully investigate your case, reviewing your child’s medical records, formula usage, safety warnings and the latest studies that your doctor may not normally discuss.
Most states allow you several years to file a lawsuit after your child suffers an injury or after you discover it may be linked to a dangerous product. However, you should always begin the process as early as possible while memories are fresh, records are easily available, and to make sure your lawyer has time to prepare your case.
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