Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have suffered adverse health consequences as a result of using dietary supplements. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of dietary supplements claim that these products can cause serious harm and injury due to the absence of regulatory standards to ensure consumer safety.
The dietary supplement market, which includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, enzymes, botanical herbs and other substances, has grown enormously in the past two decades. Americans spend billions of dollars on dietary supplements each year to enhance weight loss, athletic ability, and overall health. Between 2017 and 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 57% of adults over the age of 20 reported taking a dietary supplement in the past 30 days.
Lawsuits against dietary supplement manufacturers allege that companies mislabel their products and make claims that are not substantiated by reliable scientific evidence. Dietary supplements do not require approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to be marketed in the United States. Thus, they may contain ingredients with dangerous side effects. The FDA estimates that 50,000 consumers experience adverse events as a result of dietary supplement usage. Liver damage is one of the most serious and common side effects of unregulated dietary supplement usage. Approximately 20% of medication-induced liver damage is caused by dietary supplements.
The two most common types of dietary supplement lawsuits revolve around claims of false advertising and misbranding. Lawsuits based on these claims allege that consumers were defrauded and misled when purchasing the product.
Use of dietary supplements may result in an increased risk of certain injuries and conditions including:
If you or a loved one has been injured by Dietary Supplements, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:
The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of defective pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other products. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.
In 1994, the FDA passed the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) which requires manufacturers to take responsibility for regulating supplements, instituting quality control measures, and warning consumers. The risk of abuse from the absence of regulation led the FDA to establish the Current Good Manufacturing Process (CGMP). CGMP is intended to protect public safety by monitoring dietary supplements for contamination. However, even with the implementation of CGMP, dietary supplement manufacturers rarely provide the FDA with even basic information about their products and scrutiny of supplements remains minimal. In addition, illegal products from foreign countries may enter the U.S. market and be sold to consumers without warnings. The FDA still does not mandate approval before a supplement is marketed and sold; thus, there is no way to guarantee the safety of any dietary supplement.