FDA Probes Deaths Linked to Energy Drinks

by Monty Yolles on October 23, 2012

FDA Probes Energy Drink Danger

The FDA recently confirmed it is investigating a number of deaths allegedly linked to certain energy drinks.  USA Today reported the FDA has received numerous reports of adverse reactions in youth and adults after consuming Monster Energy Drinks.  Some adverse reactions were fatal.

According to the report, a 24-ounce Monster Drink has 7 times the caffeine found in a 12-ounce cola drink.  The drink’s official website touts the Monster Energy Drink as “a killer energy brew” with a “wicked mega hit.”  The drink’s label bears a warning that the product is not recommended for children or those sensitive to caffeine. 

The corporation that owns the Monster Energy Drink brand denied any causal connection between its drinks and the fatalities.    

A Riverside, California family opted not to wait for the FDA’s opinion, and brought suit against Monster for the death of their 14-year-old daughter.  She is alleged to have died after drinking two 24-ounce Monster Energy Drinks in 24 hours.  The autopsy concluded death was caused by cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine poisoning, which was possibly exacerbated by an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels. 

The essence of the family’s lawsuit is that Monster failed to warn customers of the risks associated with drinking its products.  The family’s legal team must present evidence that Monster knew or should have known of the potential risks, and that they failed to warn unwary consumers.

In Maryland, a surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling, or financial dependent may bring a lawsuit to recover money for the negligent or willful misconduct that caused the wrongful death of a loved one. 

Deciding whether to pursue an action in court for the wrongful death of your loved one is a decision you should discuss with a qualified, compassionate attorney.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is experienced in helping clients navigate the Maryland  legal system. Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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