Family’s Lawsuit Against Energy Drink Maker Will Go to Mediation

Earlier this year on our Philadelphia wrongful death law blog, we had questioned whether consuming energy drinks are dangerous for consumers. Our blog post had also mentioned that emergency rooms across the U.S. have treated thousands of patients who have suffered serious health complications from caffeine toxicity after drinking too many energy drinks or other beverages with high amounts of caffeine.

The number of injuries resulting from caffeine toxicity is concerning and has prompted some medical professionals to focus on increasing their patients’ awareness of the potential harmful effects of drinking too much caffeine. But what is especially concerning for medical professionals, consumers and consumer safety groups is that energy drinks have also been linked to fatal health complications.

Some consumers have died of caffeine toxicity after consuming energy drinks, including a 14-year-old girl who died last year after drinking just two energy drinks within a 24-hour period.

The teen who died last fall had only consumed two energy drinks prior to her death. According to her parents, she consumed energy drinks manufactured by Monster Beverage. The family is currently in the process of suing the company for making a dangerous product and for failing to properly warn consumers about the potential dangers of consuming too much caffeine.

After the teen’s sudden death, a coroner’s report had confirmed that the teen died of “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.” The teen’s family claims that her death was the result of drinking the dangerous beverages, and now the family is seeking justice for their tragic loss.

After reviewing the family’s case, a judge recently requested that the family’s case head to mediation later this year. It will certainly be interesting to see how this case plays out and whether more victims will come forward after suffering similar injuries and losses.

The teen is not the only consumer to die after consuming Monster energy drinks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating other cases involving individuals who have suffered fatal complications after drinking the caffeinated beverages. If Monster Beverage is held accountable for the teen’s death, other victims and their families may consider the benefits of protecting their rights as well.

Source: CNBC, “Wrongful death suit against Monster Beverage heads to mediation,” Jason Gewirtz, May 31, 2013

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