Did your preterm infant develop symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after being fed infant formula such as Similac or Enfamil? You could be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses related to the NEC.

The mass tort attorneys at FrancoLaw are investigating claims made against several manufacturers, including the manufacturers of Similac and Enfamil, who failed to disclose that their bovine milk-based formula products might pose a significant risk to preterm infants. If your preterm baby received Similac, Enfamil, or another bovine milk-based formula product and was later diagnosed with NEC, then you have a right to demand answers from the manufacturer.

Our team has the knowledge and resources to fight back against baby formula manufacturers who failed to warn parents about the potential health hazards of feeding preterm infants cow’s milk-based formula. Call one of our NEC lawsuit lawyers today at 1.888.213.0761 for a free consultation to discuss your case and evaluate your legal options.



Studies, such as one published in 2019 by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, have indicated that preterm infants who received bovine milk-based baby formula, such as Similac and Enfamil, were more likely to develop symptoms of NEC than others. NEC typically occurs in infants who are two to six weeks of age.



Mead Johnson & Company (Enfamil), Abbott Laboratories (Similac), and other manufacturers of cow’s milk-based formula who failed to disclose the danger of their formula products for preterm infants may be named as defendants in a potential lawsuit. Some of the baby formula products that may be involved in the lawsuits include:

Enfamil Products: 

  • Enfamil

  • Enfamil Premature 20 Cal

  • Enfamil Premature 24 Cal

  • Enfamil Premature 24 Cal/fl oz HP

  • Enfamil Premature 30 Cal

  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Acidified Liquid

  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Powder

  • Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Liquid High Protein

  • Enfamil Milk Fortifier Liquid Standard Protein

  • Enfacare Powder

  • Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare

  • Enfamil 24 and DHA & ARA Supplement


Similac Products:

  • Similac

  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier

  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier Concentrated Liquid

  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier Hydrolyzed Protein Concentrated Liquid

  • Similac Human Milk Fortifier Powder

  • Similac NeoSure

  • Similac Alimentum

  • Similac Alimentum Expert Care

  • Similac Special Care

  • Similac Special Care 20

  • Similac Special Care 24

  • Similac Special Care 24 High Protein

  • Similac Special Care 30

  • Similac Liquid Protein Fortifier




Necrotizing enterocolitis, commonly referred to as NEC, is a gastrointestinal infection that occurs somewhat frequently among infants. Bacteria in the intestines cause inflammation and, in severe cases, tissue death in the intestinal tract. NEC can cause serious complications that result in death if left untreated. Some common complications that result from an NEC infection include sepsis, strictures in the intestinal tract, and perforations, or holes, in the intestinal walls, which can cause bacteria to seep into the abdominal cavity.


Some of the most common symptoms of NEC include:

  • Alterations in breathing patterns

  • Green or yellow vomit

  • Pain and swelling in the abdominal area

  • Heart rate fluctuations

  • Body temperature fluctuations

  • Blood pressure fluctuations

  • Bloody stools

  • Diarrhea

  • Trouble eating

  • Lethargy

  • Trouble gaining weight


If your infant developed any of the above symptoms or was formally diagnosed with NEC after being fed Similac, Enfamil, or another cow’s milk-based formula, then you could have a case against the manufacturer of the baby formula your infant received. To determine your legal options and whether you are eligible for a lawsuit, contact our team of dedicated NEC lawsuit lawyers.



You might be eligible to file an NEC lawsuit against the formula’s manufacturer if you meet these conditions:

  • Your baby was born preterm

  • Your baby was fed a bovine milk-based formula such as Similac or Enfamil before contracting NEC

  • Your baby was later diagnosed with NEC


If you are unsure about your eligibility, the attorneys at FrancoLaw are happy to evaluate your case. If you have a case, our attorneys will launch an investigation into the incident, gather evidence to support your case, document and calculate damages on your behalf, and aggressively seek the compensation that you and your family deserve.


While there is no way to pinpoint an exact amount, since every case is unique, if your premature baby developed NEC after being fed a cow’s milk-based baby formula, then you could be entitled to recover compensation for financial and non-financial losses you incurred. Factors that might influence the amount you could receive include the seriousness of your child’s illness, the medical costs you incurred as a result, and the physical and emotional pain and suffering endured by your family and your infant.

Some of the main types of compensation you could be eligible to pursue include:

  • Medical bills, including surgery and treatment costs, medication expenses, and any other costs related to your child’s medical care

  • Lost earnings, if you were unable to go to work while your infant was in the hospital

  • Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma, mental anguish, PTSD, and more

  • Punitive damages, if appropriate


Get in touch with one of our experienced NEC lawsuit attorneys at FrancoLaw today to determine whether you qualify to seek compensation. If you want to know more about the types of compensation you might be eligible to receive, our attorneys are available to review your case and answer your questions.



If your premature infant was diagnosed with NEC after receiving Enfamil, Similac, or another cow’s milk-based formula, then you could be entitled to recover compensation through an NEC lawsuit.

At FrancoLaw, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills to craft a winning legal strategy on your behalf and help you pursue the compensation you and your family are entitled to. If your premature infant was harmed by bovine milk-based formula, then you deserve a chance to hold the manufacturer accountable for failing to disclose the dangers of their formula for preterm babies.

Contact our team today at 1.888.213.0761 for a free, no-risk consultation to go over the details of your case.