Houston Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Attorneys
Aggressive Advocates with Over 120 Years of Combined Experience
Families across the United States are trying to cope with the effects of
Necrotizing Enterocolitis. This devastating medical condition can be terminal
for newborn babies, and it is caused by a baby formula containing cow’s
milk. The Webster Law Firm understands the emotional and financial toll
NEC takes on families. Our fierce litigators not only provide support
and legal guidance to our clients, but we also protect their interests in court.
Call our Houston Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) lawyers at (713) 396-5197.
What Is NEC?
Necrotizing Enterocolitis is a gastrointestinal condition where foreign bacteria cause tissue damage
or death in the intestinal lining. In some cases, NEC may cause a hole
in the intestines to appear causing foreign bacteria and enzymes into
the bloodstream which increases the chances of sepsis or further infection
NEC predominantly affects newborn babies as they are vulnerable to the
bacteria and enzymes in cow’s milk which is found in most baby formulas.
Parents may use formula to supplement breastfeeding or in place of it
if the mother cannot produce milk on their own. Additionally, most neonatal
intensive care units use formula to feed infants during the period of
The necessity of formula combined with the physical vulnerability of the
infant and their underdeveloped immune systems make newborns susceptible
to severe infection. When foreign bacteria are introduced to the body
system through infant formula, the digestive system cannot break down
the bacteria adequately and it may stop oxygenated blood from circulating
properly throughout the body causing tissue death and neurological damage
in severe cases. Without oxygenated blood, the body cannot rebuild damaged
tissue and it remains vulnerable to tearing or infection.
Studies show that at least one in four babies who contract NEC require
medical intervention to repair the tissue or seal tears and holes that
may appear in the intestinal lining. Surgery also poses risks to newborns
especially because NEC affects mostly premature babies with little to
no capacity for a smooth recovery after an intense invasive procedure.
Symptoms of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Symptoms of Necrotizing Enterocolitis occur within two to six weeks after
birth. These symptoms include:
- Changes in body temperature
- Changes in blood pressure
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Changes in heart rate
- Diarrhea with bloody stool
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
NEC is a serious medical condition that can lead to severe infections or
death in some cases. If you believe your child may be suffering from necrotizing
enterocolitis, take them to your primary care provider as soon as possible.
The doctor will use x-rays and blood samples to test for NEC and may palpate
the abdominal area to test for pain. NEC is serious, but early detection
can save your child’s life.
Baby Formula Brands Linked to NEC
Baby formula is used by most families and medical facilities in the United
States, and unfortunately, many
popular brands have been linked to NEC cases. Not only do these brands include cow’s
milk as a fortifier, but they may also neglect cross-contamination prevention
methods during production.
The following brands are known to use cow’s milk in their formula
- Similac Special Care
- Enfamil NeroPro EnfaCare Infant Formula
- Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier
- Happy Baby
- Parent’s Choice
- Earth’s Best
- Go & Grow
If you use any of the brands listed above and your child has been diagnosed
with NEC, you may be entitled to compensation. A nationwide class-action
lawsuit is in progress against several companies and their primary manufacturer.
Not only do these brands use harmful ingredients, but they also use predatory
and misleading marketing tactics to entice parents into purchasing their products.
These multi-million-dollar companies are responsible for putting your child
at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis and should be held responsible.
While they may not care about the sacrifices and loss many families go
through when a newborn is diagnosed with NEC, they can and should be held
accountable for their negligence.
If your child has been diagnosed with NEC or cerebral palsy as the result
of NEC, you could be entitled to compensation. The Webster Law Firm understands
the fear and devastation necrotizing enterocolitis can cause which is
why we provide compassionate counsel and emotional support to our clients.
Entrust your case to a legal team that cares – choose The Webster Law Firm.
Schedule a consultation with our Houston necrotizing enterocolitis litigation
attorneys today for more information.