Lawsuit seeking $85 million claims death related to Red Bull

Manufacturers are responsible for testing their products in order to ensure safety. This is true regardless of what type of product is being sold. Whether it is a new tire to hit the market, or an energy drink, manufacturers need to make sure their products are safe for consumers.

Of course though, this is not always the case and dangerous or defective products do end up on store shelves. Many Philadelphia consumers, unaware of the dangers, end up buying these products, and as a result, become ill or injured.

When this happens though, those who are hurt — or their loved ones — may have legal options available in order to hold these manufacturers accountable. This can result in not only compensation, but can also stop similar injuries and illnesses from happening to others.

Take for example the recent wrongful death lawsuit filed against the maker of the wildly popular energy drink Red Bull. In this case, the family is seeking $85 million.

According to the news reports, a 33-year-old man died after drinking a Red Bull during a basketball game. His heart stopped after slamming down the energy drink.

It turns out this case is not the first time an energy drink has been linked to a death. In fact, the lawsuit cites nine other alleged Red Bull-related deaths.

According to a 2009 study, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates and supervises food safety, found energy drinks linked to 13,000 hospital visits and 18 deaths.

In this case, the manufacturer’s claim that the energy drink is safe also falls in line with how many manufacturers would act after being accused of producing an unsafe product. However, while the claims of the manufacturers will be heard, the voices of the consumers must also be heard. This is where an attorney with experience handling product liability cases can explain different options and consumer rights.

Source: TIME, “Red Bull Sued For $85 Million in Man’s Death,” Charlotte Alter, Oct. 28, 2013

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