Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit

Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit in Weslaco & McAllen, Texas

The Lopez Law Group in Weslaco, TX can help the parents of premature babies who died of necrotizing enterocolitis after being given Similac & Enfamil infant formula to file a lawsuit.

How We Can Help:

The Lopez Law Group is accepting lawsuits that involve necrotizing enterocolitis-induced injury cases in Weslaco & McAllen, TX. If your child was injured or died after being given Similac or Enfamil baby formula, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

Enfamil Lawsuit Blames Baby Formula for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

In June 2021, a lawsuit was filed. A baby boy who was given Enfamil and/or Similac cow’s-milk-based baby formula in the hospital developed necrotizing enterocolitis after being born prematurely. He needed surgery to remove a large part of his intestines, according to Madison County Circuit Court case number 21L000560.

A study found that out of 926 premature infants, those who were fed formula exclusively had 6-10 times the chance to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (Source: “Breast milk and neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis”).

What is the Problem?

Over the last 30 years, many other studies have confirmed that premature infants should be given human breast milk exclusively. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics also recommended that premature infants should only be given human breast milk.

Even so, the label on Similac and Enfamil does not include warnings about this life-threatening risk — instead, the label on Similac only warns that “very low birth-weight infants are particularly susceptible to gastrointestinal complications.”

What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is inflammation in the intestines that commonly occurs in premature infants. The inflammation can severely damage the intestines and cause a hole that allows bacteria to leak out into the abdomen, resulting in an infection. Once this occurs, the infection can spread rapidly in the body and cause death.

  • Abdominal pain and swelling.
  • Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing.
  • Diarrhea with bloody stool.
  • Green or yellow vomit.
  • Refusing to eat and lack of weight gain

How is NEC diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your baby. They check for a swollen belly and other NEC symptoms.

Your provider may also order these tests:

Blood tests: A blood test checks for bacteria and other signs of infection.

Fecal test: This test checks for blood in your baby’s poop. It can detect blood that isn’t visible.

X-rays: Abdominal X-rays can show signs of NEC, including air bubbles (gas) around the intestine or abdominal cavity. Air bubbles can indicate a damaged bowel or perforation

List of Cow’s-Milk Baby Formulas

Do I have a Necrotizing Enterocolitis Lawsuit?

If your child is experiencing NEC symptoms & was injured or died after being given Similac or Enfamil baby formula, contact our personal injury lawyers at The Lopez Law Group to help you file a lawsuit. Contact us at 956-420-0781.

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