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AVA Law Group’s attorneys fight passionately to ensure your interests are represented no matter how large our opponent. What we are not, however, are doctors or scientists! The medical information cited below is the exact same research you could conduct online. Nothing here should not be used in lieu of consulting with a licensed physician.



What is NEC?

NEC, or Necrotizing Enterocolitis describes when a form of bacteria attacks the wall of a baby’s intestines, causing severe inflammation or damage. This can create a crack or crevice that enables germs to spill into the baby’s abdomen. This leak can lead to anything from extreme discomfort to a high-intensity infection, sepsis, emergency surgery or, sadly, even death.

How Could This Happen To Your Baby?

NEC usually occurs within two weeks of a premature birth. Studies have demonstrated that frequently NEC happens in babies being fed formula instead of natural breast milk. It is believed Enfamil and Similac baby formula, cow’s milk- based formulas and milk fortifiers are most likely to blame.

While there is no absolute proof of a cause-and-effect relationship, ask yourself why the baby formula manufacturers settle legal cases for hundreds of thousands and in some cases, millions of dollars? Is it because they are generous? They couldn’t find good lawyers? Or, those lawyers advised they settle these cases and keep messy situations from growing worse.

The settlement of NEC baby formula lawsuits is no different than other product liability cases like talcum powder and Roundup weed killer, only those have received more publicity.

What Are We Going To Do About This?

You can watch your baby suffer, powerless to help him or her. Hopefully, they will recover and grow up to be happy and healthy.

But why did you have to go through this? While not proven conclusively there is strong reason to conclude the baby formula makers have allegedly known for decades that their products can harm babies and yet they have continued to sell them. Why? Profit. Pure and simple.

These are global, consumer packaged goods conglomerates with fortunes invested in formulations and brands. Companies Abbot and Mead Johnson. They choose to roll the dice with your little precious soul, knowing it’s a better bet to keep selling their poison and settle the occasional suit, than pull it off the shelves.

Well, AVA Law Group’s mission is to Represent People Against the Powerful. We are here for you and your family, and you won’t pay a dime for our services unless we are successful. We are only compensated when we win on your behalf. If your baby contracted NEC and was fed store bought formula you may be entitled to compensation through filing a lawsuit.

What Are the Risk Factors?

Doctors are learning. Roughly 2,000-4,000 babies per year contract NEC. It is almost exclusively found in premature babies whose lungs and GI systems are compromised at birth, thus not allowing them adequate supplies of blood and/or oxygen. Other factors, besides the baby’s diet, include:
High risk deliveries with compromised oxygen levels or transfusions
Abnormally high levels of red blood cells in the baby’s blood stream

How Do You Know Your Baby Has NEC?

Of course, every child is different, so we urge you to get in touch with your pediatrician if you have any concerns.

Within weeks of birth, your son or daughter could exhibit symptoms like:
Labored breathing
Sluggish heart rate
Blood in their stool
Spitting up green mucous
Low production of feces
If you see any of these symptoms, it is very important to quarantine your baby from other newborns since NEC is highly infectious.

What Happens If Your Baby Doesn’t Recover from NEC Quickly?

Typically, it takes 1-2 weeks to clear the infection and your little bundle of joy will be able to feed by mouth again. If treatment is ineffective or a hole has opened in the intestine, a surgeon will have to remove dead tissue or parts of the intestine that have ruptured or are on the verge of doing so. Only in the most extreme of cases might the doctor need to perform an ostomy procedure where the intestine or bowel is connected to a hole or an opening in the abdomen.

What Are the Worst Case Or Long Term Health Outcomes for a Baby with

The vast majority of children do recover over time, however, long term studies remain rare. Some children may have future GI blockages because their bowel was scarred. If they did undergo an operation with complications your child may face ongoing challenges absorbing nutrients normally. In the absolute worst scenarios, when they are older, they could need a bowel transplant and there is the chance of death at many points along the way.

The Clock is Ticking

There is every reason to believe companies Abbot and Mead Johnson know the risks with baby formula but don’t warn the public. Their negligence is reprehensible. Hold them accountable! You may be entitled to a cash settlement for your and your baby’s suffering by contacting the NEC baby formula lawyers at AVA Law Group and filing a claim.
Our personal injury attorneys are renowned across the United States for fighting aggressively for clients and successfully recovering compensation to help them heal from their physical injuries and emotional trauma.
To learn more about how AVA Law Group can help you with your legal needs, call us today at 800-777-4141 or email
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If you think your son or daughter was harmed by baby formula, you owe it to them and yourself to call or email us today. We Represent People Against the Powerful.
Please remember, AVA Group has world class lawyers, but we are not doctors! Please consult with a trained medical professional if you are concerned about the health of your baby.
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