Is There A Premature Baby Formula Lawsuit for NEC?

Yes. Product liability lawsuits and baby formula wrongful death lawsuits are being pursued by families of premature infants diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) after being fed Similac or Enfamil.

Despite years of research linking the use of cow milk-based formula like Enfamil and Similac to NEC for premature infants, manufacturers promoted their product as safe, including claims that suggested the baby formula may be a superior substitute of breast milk. However, important safety information was withheld from parents, hospitals and medical providers about the risk that side effects Similac or Enfamil may cause surgical NEC or wrongful death.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis baby formula settlements may be available since the makers of Similac and Enfamil placed their desire for profits before the safety and health of premature babies.

Enfamil baby formula lawsuits are being pursued against Mead Johnson Nutrition Company for NEC diagnosed after receiving any of the following products:

  • Enfamil NeoPro EnfaCare Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal High Protein
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 30 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 24 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil Premature Infant Formula 20 Cal with Iron
  • Enfamil 24 Cal Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier (acidified liquid and powder)

Similac baby formula lawsuits are being pursued against Abbott Laboratories for NEC diagnosed after receiving any of the following products:

  • Similac NeoSure
  • Similac Special Care 20
  • Similac Special Care 24
  • Similac Special Care 24 High Protein
  • Similac Special Care 30
  • Similac Alimentum Expert Care
  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier (which is actually a cow’s milk product)
  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier Hydrolyzed Protein Concentrated Liquid
  • Similac Liquid Protein Fortifier

All cases are investigated by our baby formula NEC lawyers under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our law firm and we only receive attorney fees or expenses if a settlement is obtained for your family. Our Infant formula attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have.

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2021 Baby Formula NEC Lawsuit Status Update

While the first baby formula lawsuits over NEC remain in the early stages of litigation, hundreds of families working with lawyers to investigate potential injury and wrongful death claims.

  • Claims are being reviewed for families of premature babies who developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after being fed Similac, Enfamil or other cow’s milk formula;
  • Product liability lawsuits are being pursued against the baby formula manufacturers, for failing to warn parents, doctors and hospitals about the NEC side effects;
  • There have been no Enfamil recalls or Similac recalls issued due to the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), but lawsuits allege that false and misleading information about the risks for premature infants have been provided for years;
  • The manufacturers are currently refusing to offer fair and reasonable necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) settlements for families, but our lawyers expect this will change as lawsuits move forward through the court system.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis/NEC from Baby Formula in NICU or Hospital

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious and often deadly gastrointestinal injury, which may occur after premature infants are fed Similac or Enfamil baby formula in the NICU or hospital.

A baby develops NEC when harmful bacteria breaches the walls of the intestines, causing portions of the intestines to become inflamed or die. If left untreated, NEC can cause intestinal tissue to die, resulting in perforations in the intestines that allows bacteria to leak into the abdomen or infiltrate the bloodstream.

NEC often progresses very rapidly from mild feeding problems to systemic and potentially life-threatening sepsis infections, narrowing of the intestines, short bowel syndrome, developmental delays and a failure to thrive.

In many cases, a preemie baby NEC diagnosis results in the need for emergency surgery to remove portions of the intestines or repair holes in the intestines through an ostomy procedure. Surgical NEC can leave a baby with life-long injuries and disabilities. However, unfortunately, about 30% of preemie NEC cases result in death.

Does Enfamil or Similac Baby Formula Cause NEC?

Yes, studies have found that cow’s milk-based formula like Enfamil and Similac may greatly increase the risk preemie infants will develop NEC, potentially resulting in wrongful death, surgical NEC or long-term health problems for babies who survive.

Similac and Enfamil products contain cow’s milk that has been hydrolyzed, or broken down, to remove certain proteins known to cause allergic reactions. However, when given to premature or low birth weight babies, Similac or Enfamil may cause NEC at much greater rates than is associated with babies fed breast milk, donor milk or breast milk-based formula.

For years, studies have established a link between baby formula and NEC among premature babies. However, Similac and Enfamil failed to include NEC warnings or information for hospitals and parents about the risk associated with their product.

As early as 1990, an NEC study published in the medical journal The Lancet found that NEC from baby formula may be 6 to 10 times more likely among babies fed cow’s milk products like Similac or Enfamil, compared to breast milk. For preemie babies born at more than 30 weeks gestation, the NEC risk was 20 times more common with cow’s milk formula products.

Premature babies may be 20x more likely to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) when fed with Similac and Enfamil baby formula

In another study comparing premature babies fed exclusively breast milk vs formula, researchers found that only 3% of babies fed breast milk suffered NEC, compared to 21% of preemie infants diagnosed with NEC on formula made from cow’s milk.

Similac and Enfamil Breast Milk Fortifiers are also often used in the hospital or NICU, which are actually cow’s milk products. However, research has found that fortification of breast milk with cow’s milk products may result in a 4.2 times greater risk of NEC, and a 5.1 times greater risk of surgical NEC or death, when compared to fortification with a breast milk product.

As a result of the risk that Enfamil or Similac cause NEC, a growing number of health experts now warn that all premature infants should be fed either their mother’s breast milk or pasteurized human donor milk, including The American Academy of Pediatric, the U.S. Surgeon General and other organizations.

Safer alternatives to Similac and Enfamil’s cow’s milk formula have been available for years, which may have helped many families avoid a preemie NEC diagnosis in the NICU or hospital. This may have included use of the mother’s own breast milk or widely available pasteurized donor breast milk. There are also breast-milk formula and fortifiers that are available, safe and effective.

Baby Formula Class Action Lawsuit Allegations Over NEC Risk

The makers of Similac® and Enfamil® had a duty to properly research their baby formula and disclose the potential NEC risk for premature infants, so that parents and doctors could make informed decisions about what to feed these fragile and developing babies. Allegations raised in Similac and Enfamil formula NEC lawsuits and class action claims indicate:

  • Cow’s milk-based Enfamil and Similac baby formula greatly increases the risk preemie infants will develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC);
  • Similac and Enfamil formula warnings are overly broad and fail to adequately disclose the serious risk of surgical NEC or death for premature babies;
  • Billions of dollars in marketing targeted use of Enfamil and Similac for premature infants still in the hospital, which had the effect of discouraging mothers from breast feeding their baby;
  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier and Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier products were introduced, which misleadingly suggested the products were derived from breast milk, when they were in fact cow’s milk products;
  • Despite known NEC risk from baby formula, Enfamil and Similac was sold to unsuspecting parents and hospitals for years, generating huge profits at the expense of families.


Are there any costs to have an Infant Formula lawyer review my case?

There are absolutely no out-of-pocket costs to review your case or hire our preemie baby formula attorneys. Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is a nationally known injury law firm that is focused exclusively on representing individuals, we do not represent corporations or insurance companies. Over the course of more than 40 years, clients of our law firm have collected more than $1 billion in compensation in cases involving product liability, medical malpractice, automobile accidents and other personal injury lawsuits.

Potential Enfamil and Similac NEC lawsuit claims are evaluated for individuals throughout the United States, and all cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. Through the use of contingency attorney fees, individuals have access to the experience and resources of our national law firm for their baby formula necrotizing enterocolitis settlement — regardless of their individual financial resources.

You pay nothing up front to hire our Preemie formula lawyers, and we only receive an attorney fee or expenses out of the money that is obtained from the drug makers. Our law firm receives nothing unless we win your case!

When will I find out if my child is eligible for an infant formula case or NEC wrongful death lawsuit?

After requesting a free case evaluation, our baby formula lawyers are often able to determine whether we can move forward with your necrotizing enterocolitis lawsuit following a short initial consultation. However, in some circumstances it is necessary that additional details be obtained or reviewed before we can confirm that a case is eligible.

What are the steps in a baby formula lawsuit evaluation?


Complete Our Case Evaluation Request Form. Providing contact information and some information about your baby’s Similac or Enfamil formula lawsuit.


Get Contacted by Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. You will be contacted by our baby formula law firm to help determine if financial compensation may be available for you and your family.


You Decide If You Want to Move Forward. If our lawyers determine that we can help with your NEC case, then you decide whether to move forward and hire our us to pursue compensation.

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After speaking with our infant formula class action attorneys to review what options may be available, it remains your decision whether to form an attorney-client relationship and pursue a lawsuit over Similac or Enfamil causing NEC in the hospital or NICU.

As part of your Similac or Enfamil lawsuit evaluation, we will review the facts and circumstances surrounding your baby’s use of these cow’s milk formula products, and any resulting NEC diagnosis, complications, injuries, developmental delays or other side effects your has suffered, to help determine whether you may have a successful case.

If you decide to move forward with the full investigation of your claim, a medical authorization must be signed so that we can obtain records confirming whether the NEC diagnosis was caused by infant formula use.

Throughout the process, you will have an opportunity to speak with our personal injury attorneys to review any and all questions or concerns you may have.

Baby Formula NEC Settlement Information

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) settlements may be available to provide important benefits for babies and families throughout the United States. Due to the failure to adequately warn about the potential danger of Similac or Enfamil causing NEC, settlements may provide the financial benefits necessary to cover:

  • Hospital bills and NEC treatments;
  • Life-long therapy, medical equipment and services a child may need;
  • Daycare and after care services;
  • Support and counseling for you and your family;

Hundreds of families throughout the United States are now investigating a potential Similac formula lawsuit, Enfamil formula lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit to obtain the baby formula NEC settlement they deserve. However, the cases remain at the early stages of litigation.

While the manufacturers are not currently offering Enfamil settlements or Similac settlements, based on the strength of the evidence linking the baby formula and NEC among premature infants, our lawyers believe this will change as cases move through the court system.

How much may my family receive in a preemie formula settlement?

Ultimately, the amount of any NEC settlement paid through a preemie formula lawsuit will be based on the amount of damages a jury may award if that case goes to trial. Therefore, the money received by each family for settling their baby’s necrotizing enterocolitis lawsuit will take into account the strength of the underlying evidence linking the diagnosis to Similac or Enfamil, as well as the consequences of the injury.

The same factors that a jury would consider if an NEC baby formula lawsuit goes to trial will impact the amount of money that a family may receive through a NEC injury or wrongful death settlement, including:

  • The extent and duration of the injury caused by Similac or Enfamil;
  • The side effects NEC had on the baby, as well as the overall physical and mental health or well-being of the family;
  • The pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and which will likely be suffered in the future as a result of NEC-related health problems;
  • The amount of any past or future medical expenses caused by Similac or Enfamil use

Following any future Enfamil or Similac NEC settlement negotiations, each individual client will have the option to decide whether to accept the offer and settle their baby formula case, or proceed through the court system.

How long will it take to settle my family’s Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) formula case?

At this time, there are no global or mass infant formula settlements being offered. Therefore, our lawyers can not accurately predict how long it will take before each individual case resolves.

Typically in mass tort litigation, it can take anywhere from three to five years before a drug maker agrees to start settling cases. However, prior settlements are not an indication of what the outcome will be in NEC infant formula lawsuits.

As more families step forward to pursue a Similac NEC lawsuit or Enfamil NEC lawsuit, and courts start scheduling trial dates, the manufacturers will face increasing pressure to enter settlement negotiations. Otherwise, the infant formula makers may face substantial liability in hundreds of trials in courts nationwide in the coming years.

To help determine the settlement amount that you or a loved one may be eligible to receive, request a no-obligation Similac lawsuit or Enfamil lawsuit claim review.

Does Your Family Qualify For an NEC Infant Formula Settlement?

The Similac and Enfamil lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and case evaluations to help individuals review the legal options that are available to them. After contacting our office toll free at 1-800-522-0102 or requesting a free case review on-line, the facts and circumstances surrounding your potential NEC lawsuit will be reviewed and evaluated by our lawyers.

If it is determined that you or a loved one may be eligible for financial compensation or a settlement, it is your decision whether to hire our law firm. All lawsuits are handled by our infant formula attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any fees or expenses paid unless we are successful in obtaining a settlement or other recovery in your case.

Start our two-minute survey to find out if you qualify for an infant formula lawsuit settlement.

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