The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors dietary supplements upon their release. They take action against any unsafe supplement that reaches the public. However, it is in the hands of the supplement manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for use, as the FDA cannot test everything on today’s market.
If you or a loved one suffered health complications after taking dietary supplements, a lawyer from our team can manage your case. We can seek compensation from the supplement’s manufacturer and bring your claim to completion.
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You Can Partner with Us at No Upfront Cost
Our injury team works on a contingency-fee basis. This means:
- You only pay us at your case’s successful conclusion.
- We finance the obligations required to complete your case.
- We draw payment from the settlement we get for you.
- You don’t pay our attorney’s fees if your case does not succeed.
There is virtually no risk in hiring our firm. We encourage you to ask us about our payment structure during your free case review.
The Statutory Deadline Depends on Your Case’s Details
Understanding the statutory deadlines for these cases can get complicated. Va. Code § 8.01-243 grants you a two-year period to file your lawsuit. This deadline begins either from the date you were injured or the date you discovered you were hurt.
You have a similar deadline to file your wrongful death lawsuit, per Va. Code § 8.01-244. Your time to file begins from the date of your loved one’s passing.
It is crucial to file your case on time. Otherwise, you could lose the right to seek damages. Our team can manage this deadline on your behalf and pursue the compensation you need.
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What Types of Dietary Supplements are Harmful?
Our dietary supplement injury lawyer works with consumers who have been injured by harmful substances. The root of your condition could lay with a supplement’s chemical composition, storage, or side effects.
Dangerous supplements may include:
- Sexual enhancement supplements (highest number of recalls by the FDA, making up 40 percent of all Class I recalls)
- Bodybuilding supplements (the second-highest number of recalls by the FDA)
- Weight loss supplements (the third-highest number of recalls by the FDA)
The FDA defines a dietary supplement as a product swallowed that contains a “dietary ingredient” such as vitamins, minerals, botanicals, herbs, or amino acids. We are here to fight for your rights as a consumer.
We Help Those Injured by 23andMe DNA Kits
We also work with consumers who purchased products that were unfairly marketed. Recently, the genetic testing company 23andMe was hit with a $5 million lawsuit. Claimants argue that they were misled by the company’s marketing campaign and suffered losses.
While 23andMe is not a dietary supplement, if you incurred expenses because of this product, we could file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
The Types of Damages You Can Pursue in a Product Liability Claim
Compensable losses in your case could comprise:
- Medical bills, including ambulance fees, medications, and copays
- Lost wages, employee benefits, bonuses, tips, and commissions
- Loss of future earning capacity
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Funeral expenses
We will use your case’s information to calculate your expenses. This way, we will know what constitutes a fair settlement when negotiating with the insurer.
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What We Need to Prove in Your Dietary Supplement Case
Product liability claims are slightly different than most personal injury cases. We do not need to prove negligence. We only need to prove that you were harmed by the supplement.
We can prove this by:
- Examining your medical records
- Consulting with healthcare professionals
- Evaluating your healthcare expenses
- Determining whether others have been affected by the supplement
With the evidence we find, we will file your claim with the supplement’s manufacturer. If they don’t agree to our terms, we can file a lawsuit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dietary Supplement Cases
Below, you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions our firm gets about these situations. We can answer more questions relevant to your circumstances when you give us a call.
Does it Matter Where You Purchased the Supplement?
It doesn’t matter whether you bought the product at a gas station or a convenience store. If it was available for purchase, the manufacturer had an obligation to produce a safe supplement.
If you bought the supplement from an unauthorized retailer or individual, things can get complicated, but that should not deter you from taking legal action.
What Happens If the Supplement Contraindicated with Your Medications?
On the product’s label, there should have been clear instructions about its use. For instance, if a supplement would not mix well with a blood pressure medication, that should be indicated on the packaging. If not, the product’s manufacturer is open to liability.
How Much Can You Get for Pain and Suffering?
The value of your pain and suffering will depend on your situation, as there is no uniform way of calculating this expense. We will consider your age, health, and diagnosis upon calculating your losses.
What Is the Average Settlement Amount for Dietary Supplement Cases in Virginia?
There is no answer to this question since the outcomes of most personal injury cases are confidential. The value of your losses will, again, depend on the facts of your situation.
Not All Dietary Supplements Are Safe
The most recent information from JAMA Internal Medicine said that dietary supplements accounted for more than 50 percent of the FDA’s Class I drug recalls between 2004 and 2012. Class I drugs are those that contain ingredients with a reasonable probability of causing “serious adverse health consequences or death.”
These dietary supplements do not require the approval of the FDA before they can be sold on store shelves, putting consumers at risk of harm.