Due to excessively high levels of the stimulant caffeine, energy drinks such as Monster Energy and Red Bull, have been linked to multiple injuries and even death. In one high profile case, the family of 14 year old Anais Fournier sued Monster Beverage, alleging that Fournier went into fatal cardiac arrest after ingesting two 24 ounce cans of Monster Energy within a 24 hour period. Contact a Nationwide Injury Lawyer Today.
Energy Drinks Linked to Heart Failure and Death
More Than 5,000 Caffeine Overdoses Every Year
Each serving of Monster Energy drinks is reported to contain approximately 240 mgs of caffeine. However, caffeine levels may be significantly higher. The drinks contain caffeinederived stimulants that are not listed as caffeine but are actually more highly concentrated forms of the stimulant. In addition, an energy drink may contain multiple servings. At two servings, one energy drink contains around 480 mgs of caffeine, more than the safe daily limit for adults of 400 mgs and substantially more than the 4585 mgs limit recommended for children. Consuming that much caffeine over the course of five or ten minutes can potentially cause health complications, especially in an individual with preexisting heart conditions such as arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. It can also have a cumulative effect if consistently consumed over a period of time. A caffeine overdose can result in myocardial infarctions (heart attack) and even death. Many people are surprised to learn that over 5,000 caffeine overdoses are reported annually and that nearly half of those are adolescents.
In the March 2015 issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, a recent study showed that ingesting energy drinks may increase an individual’s risk of heart problems. This was even true for healthy adolescents. An earlier study published in Pediatrics in 2011 had similar findings, revealing that young people who consume energy drinks have an increased risk of heart problems and these problems are significantly more serious in those who have underlying heart conditions or take certain medications. Unfortunately, the FDA does not require the manufacturers of energy drinks to list the exact caffeine content in the ingredient information. This is because they are sold as nutritional supplements and thus are not regulated in the same manner as food or pharmaceutical products. For example, while a 12 ounce soda has an FDA mandated limit of 71 mgs of caffeine, this limit does not apply to energy drinks. In addition, although soda is not allowed to contain more than 0.02 percent caffeine, energy drinks are not subject to this restriction.
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Monster Beverage failed to warn consumers of the risks associated with consuming their drinks, resulting in numerous lawsuits. In fact, the company has recently settled three lawsuits for an undisclosed amount. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of illness or injury after consuming Monster Energy or another energy drink, the Goldwater Law Firm can help. Two people have died and many more have been injured. There is no excuse for placing profits over public health and safety.
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