NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit

Cow’s milk baby formulas made by Similac and Enfamil have been linked to causing potentially deadly infections in premature infants.

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Why are people suing baby formula manufacturers?

In 2011, a 10-day-old Missouri baby had consumed a serving of Enfamil Premium Newborn formula, fallen ill with Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a rare illness that causes intestinal tissue to become inflamed in prematurely born infants, and then passed away from a fatal bacterial infection.


Thousands of baby formula products were quickly pulled from Walmart shelves nationwide after test results showed that the infection was caused by Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria notoriously known to contaminate baby formula and other dry foods. Since the boy’s death, over 500 families have sued Similac and Enfamil for failing to warn consumers about the risks associated with their products.

How to qualify for the NEC baby formula lawsuit

If your premature infant was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) at the hospital after being fed cow’s milk baby formula made by Similac (owned by Abbott) or Enfamil (owned by Mead Johnson), you may be eligible to receive compensation. Your family can also begin a claim for your infant if he or she passed away. Claim eligibility expires 10 years after your baby’s initial diagnosis.

Any baby formula product made by either Similac or Enfamil that contains cow’s milk will qualify for the lawsuit, but we’ve included a few of the more common products being sued by affected families:

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What can I expect from my NEC baby formula settlement?

While an exact amount is impossible to predict, previous verdicts range from tens of thousands to tens of millions. It’s important to note that your case will be individually assessed, meaning your settlement will not be shared with others. Our priority is to ensure the best possible outcome for you, not inflating attorney profits.

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Frequently asked questions about the NEC baby formula lawsuit

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Can I still qualify if my baby was given infant formula at home?

Unfortunately no, your case is not eligible if your baby developed NEC at home.

If your child had been diagnosed at the hospital, your baby’s physician would have provided you with a medical record that would have acted as a key point of evidence for your case.

But, if your child developed NEC while at home, then it would be far more difficult to prove that cow’s milk formula was the absolute cause of your baby’s diagnosis. Due to this difficulty, we are unable to accept NEC cases that began off-site from the hospital.

My premature baby is sick, but how do I know if it's NEC?
Though we’re not a team of medical professionals, there are several specific symptoms that are expected to show up between 2-6 weeks after birth for infants with NEC. These symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain and/or swelling

  • Green or yellow vomit

  • Diarrhea containing blood

  • Refusal to drink formula

  • Unusual or excessive fatigue

  • Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and temperature
How much can I expect to win from an NEC settlement?

Since this is a relatively new lawsuit that has not yet made it to a bellwether trial, legal proceedings have not reached any settlements or verdicts as of 2024. We’ll make sure to keep you updated on any future developments about this lawsuit and the average payouts that claimants receive once trials have begun.

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