NEC Baby Formula Injury Lawyers in New Mexico and Texas
At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our NEC baby formula lawsuit attorneys in New Mexico and Texas know that having a baby is one of the happiest times parents can experience, even when their babies arrive earlier than planned.
In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year.
When premature infants must be fed cow’s milk-based formula, instead of breast milk, they are placed at risk of necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, because the proteins included in the formula are difficult for a premature baby to digest.
Sadly, NEC can lead to serious intestinal harm, injuries, and life-threatening conditions in premature babies across the country.
Currently, our skilled NEC attorneys in Texas and New Mexico are pursuing formula manufacturers, Enfamil and Similac, for putting premature babies at an increased risk for NEC by not properly warning parents of the dangers associated with their formulas and prematurity.
If your premature baby has suffered injuries associated with NEC, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Texas and New Mexico today to pursue the manufacturer for the financial recovery you deserve.
What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?
Necrotizing enterocolitis is an extremely dangerous medical condition that primarily affects the intestines of premature infants.
NEC is typically developed in the first couple weeks of a premature baby’s life, when he or she is fed formula instead of breast milk. The bacteria in the baby formula can rapidly destroy the tissue in the intestines, which can result in a perforation or hole developing in the intestine wall.
Research and clinical observation have identified feeding premature babies with cow’s milk-based formula as associated with an increased risk of NEC.
In most instances, NEC is a catastrophic condition that can lead to blindness, loss of intestinal function, cerebral palsy, and even death.
What are the Symptoms of NEC?
All babies respond to feeding formula differently, based on their individual development and feeding needs, so it is important for physicians to be involved in their care from the beginning, to avoid any potentially dangerous circumstances.
Common signs of NEC include:
- Poor feeding
- Abdominal swelling
- Abdominal discoloration
- Blood in the stool
- Digestive issues
- Green vomit that contains bile
- Low or unstable body temperature
If your newborn baby is showing signs of NEC, contact your physician immediately to get help. Then, call our skilled personal injury lawyers in New Mexico and Texas to ensure your and the baby’s rights are protected while you pursue the financial recovery you are entitled to for the newborn’s injuries.
Are All Babies at Risk for NEC?
While NEC is rare, it can affect any newborn.
Babies who are potentially at a higher risk for NEC may include those with:
- Existing gastrointestinal infections
- Formula feeding routines by mouth or tube
- Lowered oxygen levels caused by a difficult delivery
- Too many red blood cells in circulation
- Serious ailments, including those who have received a blood transfusion
If you believe your baby is suffering from NEC, seek medical care right away.
Your neonatal or pediatric physician will X-ray the baby’s abdomen, run different screening, and blood tests to accurately diagnose the condition, and provide treatment options.
At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our skilled Texas and New Mexico personal injury lawyers are currently investigating cases involving infant injuries and death from necrotizing enterocolitis caused using Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier, EnfaCare Powder, or Similac Special Care.
Contact Our Skilled NEC Injury and Death Attorneys in New Mexico and Texas Today for a Free Consultation
Contact our attorneys in Las Cruces & El Paso at the Ruhmann Law Firm today at 575-526-4529 or 915-845-4529 for a free consultation to discuss your case during a free consultation. We are here to help provide you with the legal representation you need to pursue the manufacturer for the financial compensation you deserve.