Energy Drinks & Toxic Substance Claims
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Energy drinks are the fastest-growing type of beverage in this country. As the popularity of Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, 5-Hour Energy, and other such products rise, so do public concerns of their effects on our health. Tens of thousands of Americans, many of whom are children, are sent to emergency departments every year from these beverages. The Chicago toxic tort attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are investigating cases of cardiac injury and death from these dangerous beverages across the country. We travel to clients nationwide.
In response to public outcry, several investigations have been launched regarding the hospitalizations and deaths of energy drink consumers. The FDA cites nearly 100 reports of serious injury and over a dozen deaths from 5-Hour Energy alone. The federal agency announced its investigation into these reports in 2012, explicitly outlining how little these drinks are regulated.
If you or a loved one have suffered adverse side effects from an energy drink, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. 10,000+ cases resolved. 50+ years of combined experience.
Lack of Regulation Leads to Injuries & Deaths
These energy drinks and shots are legally considered dietary supplements, not beverages; therefore, they are not required to disclose ingredient amounts and are largely unregulated by the FDA. The exact amount of caffeine in these energy drinks is neither listed on labels nor available to the public in any other form. Experts estimate that a typical energy drink can have up to three times more caffeine as a cup of coffee. Since the FDA considers caffeine and other ingredients in these drinks safe additives, any amount is permissible without FDA approval. Other ingredients with potentially adverse health consequences include taurine, L-phenylalanine, L-tyrosine, and epicallocatechin-2-gallate (ECGC).
What concerns many healthcare professionals is energy drinks and shots are not tested in any clinical trials before approval for sale. Therefore, the short and long-term health effects of these ingredients in combination are completely unknown. Unfortunately, it has taken several deaths, particularly of teens and pre-teens, for regulators to start examining these beverages more carefully.
Among the harmful effects of energy drinks and shots include:
- Caffeine toxicity
- Cardiac arrest
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- High blood pressure
Several lawsuits are pending against Monster Energy Drink, specifically concerning its promotions in middle and high schools. It is important that these companies curtail their marketing to teens and pre-teens, at least until the full effects of their products are documented and released publicly.
In 2013, a group of four bipartisan senators sent a letter to a variety of energy drink companies regarding the health risks in children and teenagers. That same year the American Medical Association voted to support a policy banning energy drinks and shots promotions to anyone under 18. San Francisco also filed a lawsuit against Monster for marketing to children as young as six.
Lawsuits & Litigation
Victims seriously injured by energy drinks are now filing lawsuits against manufacturers. Some of the most devastating cases involve families of children who died after consuming the energy drinks. The risk of suffering a serious health effect is much greater in youths who have preexisting heart conditions, mood or behavioral disorders, are taking specific medications, or have a history of seizures.
A class action lawsuit was recently filed in California concerning Monster Energy Drinks and its ingredient ECGC. This toxic ingredient is associated with dangerous health effects, such as acute liver failure, hepatitis, and other severe liver injuries. Pregnant women and breastfeeding women also need to substantially limit caffeinated beverage consumption.
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Anyone hospitalized after consuming an energy drink or shot should contact a toxic exposure attorney immediately. If you have any questions related to energy drink injuries or the possibility of filing a lawsuit against manufacturers, our firm provides legal consultations completely free of charge. We serve clientsthroughout the country who were seriously injured by defective products like energy drinks and shots and have more than 50 collective years of success fighting on behalf of thousands of victims.
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