When you buy a bottle of water, you rightfully expect that the contents of that bottle will be safe to drink. Unfortunately, several Las Vegas-area families recently had their expectations shattered when five young children developed non-viral hepatitis after consuming a product branded as Real Water. According to media reports, the cases of the disease were first reported around November 2020.
Real Water, Inc., which is based in Mesa, AZ, and Henderson, NV, has voluntarily recalled the product while investigations are pending. Anyone who has experienced any health issues after drinking Real Water should contact the De Castroverde Law Firm today to speak to an attorney.
What the FDA Has to Say
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency received reports of five cases of non-viral hepatitis in infants and young children that occurred in November of 2020. Thankfully, all five have since recovered. The only link between the five cases was the consumption of Real Water.
Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, issued the following statement:
“We are advising consumers, restaurants and retailers to not consume, cook with, sell or serve “Real Water” alkaline water until more information is known about the cause of the illnesses. We are working to determine how the alkaline water may be related to the illnesses. Although the investigation is ongoing, epidemiologic information currently indicates that this alkaline water product may be the cause of the illnesses. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.”
As of March 24, 2021, FDA investigators have not been able to complete investigations of the facilities where the water was produced or business records because the company is not cooperating.
Am I at Risk?
Anyone that has consumed Real Water should be on the lookout for any adverse health effects. According to ABC 7 in San Francisco, the recalled products were sold nationally at Sprouts, Whole Food, and Costco throughout the United States and were also available regionally at various outlets in greater Las Vegas, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Southern California, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Chicago, and New York. If you have the product in your home, you should not drink it and discard it immediately.
What is Non-Viral Hepatitis?
Non-viral hepatitis is a type of liver inflammation that can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. It can be caused by consuming toxins, alcohol, or autoimmune conditions. Some of the signs and symptoms of non-viral hepatitis include:
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Gray stool
- Yellowing of the eyes
- Joint pain
If you or a member of your household is experiencing these or any other symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
Am I Entitled to Compensation?
While the investigation is ongoing, the FDA believes that the current epidemiological information indicates that Real Water is the cause of these cases of non-viral hepatitis. If this belief proves to be true, it is likely that anyone injured as a result of drinking Real Water will be entitled to compensation for their losses. Some examples of damages that you may be able to recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
Importantly, it is highly advisable for anyone injured by Real Water or any other consumer product to speak to an attorney before signing a settlement agreement or any other document that can affect your legal rights.
Call De Castroverde Law Group Today to Speak to Real Water Hepatitis Lawsuit Lawyer
If you or a family member have developed non-viral hepatitis after drinking bottled water, there’s a good chance that you may be able to recover compensation. The attorneys of the De Castroverde Law Group are experienced advocates who will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will never collect legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule a free case evaluation, call our office today at 702.803.3849 or contact us online.