Family Sues Red Bull After Loved One’s Death
The lives of residents of Philadelphia are busier than ever. With work, family and community responsibilities, it can be tough to keep up with it all. It can often seem like there are not enough hours in the day to do everything you need to get done. Many people turn to energy drinks in order to help them stay alert and perk them up during the day. However, some worry about the effects these types of drinks can have.
The safety of a particular brand of energy drink has been called into question recently after a 33-year-old man died shortly after drinking a Red Bull. The man’s heart became enlarged and weakened which made it impossible for it to pump blood normally. This is a condition known as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a type of heart failure.
The man’s family believes that his heart failure was linked to his consumption of the energy drink which his grandmother said he often drank. They have filed a product liability lawsuit against Red Bull and are seeking $85 million in damages.
The manufacturers of Red Bull refute that they are to blame for the man’s death and say their company has a clean record. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing research into the effects energy drinks have on humans.
This family has a right to be concerned about the role the energy drink may have played in their loved one’s death. Hopefully their lawsuit will enable them to get some answers and hold the company liable.
Source: Medical Daily, “Red Bull Sued: $85M Lawsuit Claims Energy Drink Gave Man Fatal Heart Attack,” Matthew Mientka, Oct. 28, 2013