Over the past decade and half, the energy drink industry has experienced an enormous boom. What once started as the introduction of Red Bull © and Five Hour Energy © drinks to the supermarkets; today, the shelves are lined with hundreds of energy drink flavors and options from numerous companies, such as the Arizona Tea Company and Monster Beverages Corporation. You can even find these drinks at gas stations, convenience markets and drug stores. Nearly all of these energy drinks boast of herbal infusions, natural supplements and of course – a high content of caffeine.
So what's the big deal, right? Soda and coffee have high caffeine contents and people have been safely drinking these beverages for years. Well, the problem is just how high a caffeine content these energy drinks have and the fact that the cans they are sold in typically contain 2-3 servings of the beverage.
Just last year, Monster Beverage was faced with two wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of Alex Morris and Shane Felts. Morris, who was only 19 years old, drank two cans of a Monster energy drink every day for three years. He died of a cardiac (heart) arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy related to a fatal dose of caffeine consumption.
Similarly, Shane Felts reportedly drank only one can of a Monster energy drink a day for a period of two weeks before dying from complications related to the ingestion of too much caffeine.
Despite the fact that Monster Beverages (and other energy drink manufacturers) have claimed their drinks are safe and do not contain more caffeine than a Starbucks coffee, Monster Beverages quietly and confidentially settled these wrongful death cases out of court for an undisclosed amount. A number of other wrongful death cases have been filed against Monster beverages since the settlement of the Morris and Felts lawsuits.
On average, a single serving of a Monster energy drink has roughly 90 milligrams of caffeine. However, most cans contain 2-3 servings; so when an individual drinks an entire can, they are typically ingesting about 180-270 milligrams of caffeine. To put this in perspective, it is generally agreed that doses of caffeine in excess of 200 milligrams can lead to caffeine toxicity and death as a result.
So, before looking for wings in a can of energy infused drink, you may want to think twice and read the nutrition label. The drink could be your last.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or complications after consuming an energy drink, you should discuss your case with a qualified personal injury attorney that knows the law in your jurisdiction. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal offer free consultations to all injured people and their families. Our attorneys will evaluate your case, and let you know what your legal options are – whether that means a negotiated settlement or a personal injury lawsuit.
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