Dietary Supplements – Compensation for Your Injuries

Sometimes individuals lack the necessary nutrients and minerals in their diets. To make up for these deprivations, people may implement dietary changes to naturally provide their bodies with essential vitamins. Along with these practices, people may incorporate dietary supplements into their regimens. A dietary supplement is a manufactured product a person can take to supplement their diet. Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms, and consumers can purchase them at drug stores, vitamin shops, and even grocery stores. In 2017, the Council for Responsible Nutrition reported that 76% of U.S. adults take dietary supplements. However, many consumers have reported severe health effects after taking dietary supplements. Reach out today to learn more about how a dietary supplement lawsuit can help you.

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.

What are Dietary Supplements?

Humans require thirteen essential vitamins to ensure our bodies function properly, grow, and maintain our overall health. Critical vitamins the human body needs include vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and B. These types of vitamins all play different roles in helping our bodies. For example, some vitamins maintain brain function and bone health, while others regulate metabolism and blood cells. A balanced diet aims to nourish the body with these essential vitamins, but many have nutritional deficiencies. To make up for their lack of intake and levels, people take dietary supplements.

Vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, enzymes, and botanical herbs are all examples of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements come in several formats, such as capsules, liquids, powders, and tablets. The dietary supplement market has grown tremendously within the past two decades. In fact, Americans spend roughly $30 billion annually on dietary supplements. 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.

Regulation and Dietary Supplements

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 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 are available to consumers without proper 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.

Dietary Supplement Injuries

The use of dietary supplements may result in an increased risk of certain injuries and conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Neurological damage
  • Liver damage
  • Depression
  • Death

Dietary supplements should assist and enhance the health of users. Instead, lawsuits allege that people have endured catastrophic health effects. Our attorneys are on standby to speak with you about how a dietary supplement lawsuit can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

What Do We Know About Dietary Supplement Lawsuits?

Lawsuits against dietary supplement manufacturers allege that companies mislabel their products and make claims that are not substantiated by reliable scientific evidence. Dietary supplement manufacturers do not require approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to market products 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. Dietary supplements account for approximately 20% of medication-induced liver damage.

The two most common types of dietary supplement lawsuits revolve around claims of false advertising and misbranding. Lawsuits based on these claims allege that manufacturers defrauded and misled consumers who purchased dietary supplements.

Liability Law and Dietary Supplements

  • Lawsuits allege that dietary supplement manufacturers market products that may be adulterated and deliberately misbranded.
  • Claimants allege that they were defrauded into purchasing a potentially harmful supplement.
  • Manufacturers may fail to warn consumers about the risks of dietary supplement usage or report all serious side effects associated with their supplements to federal authorities.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Dietary Supplement Lawsuit?

If dietary supplements injured you or a loved one, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

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) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.