The energy drink and dangerous drugs lawyers at Arentz Law Group, P.C. are currently investigating claims where victims have suffered sudden heart attack, cardiac arrest, or even death after consuming high-caffeine energy drinks such as Monster, Red bull, Rockstar and 5-hour energy. In recent years, energy drinks have become very popular, especially amongst teens and young adults. While the companies that make these drinks regularly market their products to this younger audience, a number of individuals between the ages of 12 and 25 have suffered serious and even fatal energy drink side effects. If you or a person you love has been harmed after consuming energy drinks, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your damages in a product liability lawsuit. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn more about energy drink lawsuits in a free and confidential legal consultation.
In February 2012, the journal Pediatrics published a study that drew a firm link between consumption of energy drinks amongst children and teens and a heightened risk of the following energy drink side effects:
According to the Pediatrics researchers, these risks associated with the high and unregulated amounts of caffeine in energy drinks are even higher in children or young adults who have heart problems, diabetes, seizures, mood or behavioral disorders, or who take certain medications. The study also provided data that showed that an estimated 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks. In 2007, 5,448 caffeine overdoses were reported in the United States, and 46% of those overdoses occurred in patients who were younger than 19 years old. The dangerous side effects associated with energy drinks are often exacerbated by the fact that these beverages are commonly mixed with alcohol.
In conclusion, the researchers stated, “The known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects in association with energy drink use. In the short term, pediatricians need to be aware of the possible effects of energy drinks in vulnerable populations and screen for consumption to educate families.” The experts went on to call for long-term research into the effects of energy drinks in at-risk populations and improved toxicity surveillance. They also firmly suggested that sales and consumption of energy drinks should be altered based on this research.
In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the respected authors called for enhanced labeling on energy drinks that specifically warns consumers of the serious risks associated with consumption of caffeine by adolescents and pregnant women. These labels, state the experts, should also warn about the dangers of mixing energy drinks with alcohol.
A number of victims and families of victims who were harmed or killed after ingesting energy drinks have opted to file energy drink lawsuits against the makers of these beverages, claiming that the manufacturers failed to provide adequate warning of the severe and potentially fatal health risks associated with their products. If you have suffered the effects of caffeine toxicity after drinking an energy drink, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your damages. To learn more about your rights in a potential energy drink lawsuit, fill out the case form on this page or call us at 1-800-305-6000 to schedule a free legal consultation.