Panera Bread now faces three lawsuits tied to its caffeinated “Charged Lemonade,” the third of which was reportedly filed this week and involves accusations that the drink caused one consumer to experience “permanent cardiac injuries.”
Will This Be The Last Lawsuit?
According to a lawsuit first obtained by NBC News, 28-year-old Lauren Skerritt claims that after drinking Panera’s Charged Lemonade, she experienced brain fog, body shakes, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and difficulty thinking.
She claims she had no underlying medical conditions before consuming the beverage.
In the complaint filed in a Delaware court, Skerritt said she consumed two-and-a-half Charged Lemonades from a Panera in Greenville, Rhode Island in April.
The lawsuit says she was an athlete with no underlying health conditions and regularly competed in obstacle course races. Now, she requires daily medication and has heart problems that have interfered with her ability to work and exercise.
The suit says she drank two-and-a-half Charged Lemonade drinks in one day, then went to the hospital.
Both people in the other two lawsuits filed over the drink have died.
In December, a lawsuit was filed alleging the lemonade drink caused the death of 46-year-old Dennis Brown of Florida.
The lawsuit claims Brown consumed a lemonade with his dinner at Panera Bread, and he died while walking home. The lawsuit also alleges Brown was drinking the lemonade for six days and was a member of Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club, where you can order unlimited drinks.