Monster Energy drinks are the second most popular energy beverage on the market in America, following the popular Red Bull Energy Drink. These tasty, carbonated drinks can give people the motivational kick that they need to get through an exhausting day. Motocross professionals endorse and market the popular drinks that come in black cans with cryptic colored M’s on the front. Yet despite their popularity, the Food and Drug Administration has recently announced that these drinks can be extremely dangerous. They have been listed as the cause of five deaths in America and one non-fatal heart attack.
This issue came to the public’s attention after the death of a 14-year-old girl who consumed two Monster energy drinks within a 24 hour period. The young teen had a genetic condition that caused her body to panic at the intake of caffeine. She went into cardiac arrest and died while watching TV at her home. Each can of Monster is 24 ounces, and has seven times the amount of caffeine that is in a 12-ounce cola. The FDA is currently looking at the allegations of Monster-related deaths, and will be determining whether or not the drinks are safe to sell.
Researchers have determined that the 14-year-old victim died from a cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity which was in part because of a disorder that caused her blood vessels to weaken. Despite the medical conditions that facilitated the death, the bereft parents claim that Monster failed to warn their daughter of the danger of consuming multiple cans of caffeine. As a result, she did not know that she was putting herself in danger when she consumed the second drink. Interestingly enough, as soda consumption becomes less popular because of health campaigns, energy drink consumption has risen by 17 percent. According to Yahoo! Monster is benefiting from this rise in the popularity of energy drinks. Yet has more and more people consume these dangerous drinks, more and more people are at risk to cardiac complications.
The FDA laments that while there is a cap on caffeine in sodas at 0.02 percent, there is no such cap on energy drink caffeine amounts. If you have been injured by consuming a highly caffeinated energy drink, then you need to talk to a Hartford Injury Attorney right away. With the help of a lawyer you can trust, you may be able to obtain personal injury or wrongful death compensation. You shouldn’t have to suffer the devastating effects of a serious injury or a horrific death of a loved one because of a company’s failure to place warnings on their products.
Contact a personal injury attorney at David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC today for more information!