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If your premature infant developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after receiving baby formula in the ICU or hospital, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, may be able to help. Your situation could qualify you to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the Baby Formula that caused your infant to develop NEC.
NEC is a deadly disease that affects preterm newborns’ intestines. It usually occurs in babies who are fed formula instead of breast milk within the first two weeks of life. Bacteria infiltrates the intestinal wall, and inflammation begins to take hold.
The inflammation caused by necrotizing enterocolitis promotes tissue destruction and death in the intestine. If a bowel infection results in a perforation, bacteria can enter the baby’s bloodstream, causing even more serious consequences.
This can result in a fracture or gap, allowing bacteria to enter the abdomen. It can lead to serious infection and death if not treated.
Fortunately, NEC is a rare condition. Only one in every 2,000 to 4,000 births is affected. Although it can affect any newborn, it is most common in premature babies weighing less than 3.25 pounds. High-risk or premature babies who are fed formula by mouth or tube may also be in danger.
In hospitalized premature infants over the age of two weeks, NEC is the leading cause of death. NEC is especially common in premature babies or those who have heart abnormalities, for example. Parents of prematurely born children who show signs of NEC may be eligible for financial assistance.
Premature babies are more likely to develop NEC if they are given infant formula. If your baby is diagnosed with NEC, schedule an evaluation with Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. Our firm can offer more information on filing a civil claim for compensation and provide you with the legal help you need.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law