Herbal supplements, also known as botanicals, are used to treat or help manage specific disorders or disease. Many people also take herbal supplements such as Arbonne to become fit.
Herbal supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means many people do not know if Arbonne products are safe for consumers.
Arbonne consists of a 30-day herbal supplement kit promoted to help individuals feel more in-shape. It also promises to remove the guesswork out of feeling physically fit.
The kit includes various products, including a daily fiber boost, protein shakes, and herbal detox tea. This kit is sold by Arbonne International, which sells herbal supplements.
An Indiana woman filed an herbal supplements lawsuit in U.S. District Court located in the Northern District of Indiana in 2013. She claims that she began taking the herbal supplement, then began experiencing fatigue and jaundice after approximately six weeks.
She was later diagnosed with acute liver failure. The lawsuit alleges her liver failure developed after ingesting toxic levels of green tea extracts.
Other side effects and health considerations linked to Arbonne products mainly involve stomach and digestion issues. These can include bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, gas, constipation, and other issues. Long-term damage may occur in some cases as well.
Arbonne lawsuits are typically filed based on the theory that the Arbonne kit was a defective product. A defective product is any item causing injury to an individual because of:
- Faulty labeling or failure to warn;
- Design defect; and/or
- Defective manufacturing.
An example of a defective product claim is where the Arbonne products did not come with the proper warning labels informing consumers about the dangers associated with the product. In such a case, the lawsuit might be filed under a failure to warn or warning label defect theory.
Another example is where the Arbonne product was manufactured incorrectly, resulting in a tainted batch of health care products. Here, the lawsuit might be filed under a manufacturing defect statute.
Defective product lawsuits may often result in various legal remedies, such as monetary damages award or a product recall. Monetary damages in an injury lawsuit often cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs.
Herbal supplements such as Arbonne can be incredibly harmful even when taken properly. This is especially true when the manufacturers of these supplements fail to inform consumers as to what exactly is in these supplements and the negative effects those ingredients could have. You may need to contact a personal injury attorney if you became sick after using Arbonne and need to file a lawsuit.