The cases are ongoing, but there has been a growing concern regarding the health effects of certain energy drinks on children and young adults, who are among the most frequent consumer of the product. Energy drink manufacturers are being criticized for marketing their products to this segment of the population knowing it can do them harm. According to a Fort Worth injury lawyer from The Benton Law Firm, experiences like this could potentially lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
Monster Energy Drink in particular is the subject of at least two recent wrongful death lawsuits in which a 14-year-old girl and 19-year-old man died of cardiac arrest after consuming copious amounts of the drink. The manufacturer of the energy drink Monster Beverage Corporation maintains that when taken responsibly, the product is harmless even for children. However, the large doses of caffeine as well as other stimulants present in 2 ounces of Monster makes this a debatable point. One can of Monster is equivalent to 7 cups of coffee, and it is noteworthy there were in excess of 20,000 energy drink-related emergency hospitalizations in 2011.
The problem with bring a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of an energy drink is that there are no regulations in place requiring them to list the amount of ingredients because they are classified as supplements. However, the way the product is marketed by Monster in combination with its potency makes it highly dangerous for the youth and the young with prolonged and regular use.
If you or a family member has sustained adverse health effects or death from the consumption of energy drinks, the time has come to make the manufacturers accountable. They should cease marketing their products to the young when their products are labeled as not recommended for them. Failure to do so is a breach of their duty of care to their consumers. Consult with a personal injury lawyer with the experience and resources to help you build your case.