Can I File an Energy Drink Lawsuit?
NC Lawyers Explain Serious Energy Drink Side Effects
The sales of energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull continue to rise, in part because marketing campaigns advertise the drinks as a safe means of increasing alertness and productivity. However, several reports and studies have linked the high levels of caffeine and other ingredients in these beverages to serious health conditions. These dangerous energy drink side effects may include heart and liver failure, or even wrongful death due to stroke or heart attack. Children, in particular, are vulnerable to caffeine poisoning and other conditions. Still, despite these risks, the manufacturers often do not include warning labels and may mislead consumers through advertising. Many consumers of the energy drinks have never had an issue after drinking them.
If you or a loved one suffered complications from energy drink consumption, then you may be able to hold these companies accountable for your damages. The personal injury lawyers at Riddle & Brantley, LLP can advise you of your legal options of compensation through a product liability lawsuit. Compensation benefits may include: medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and funeral expenses.
What are Common Types of Energy Drinks?
There are dozens of brands of energy drinks currently on the market. For most of them, advertising campaigns focus on benefits like increased alertness and productivity. However, few if any include warnings about the high levels of sugar and caffeine that provide the burst of energy. Some of the most common brands and types of energy drinks include:
Most of these drinks are classified as “dietary supplements,” which means the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not hold them to the same safety standards as food products. Thus, the labels of these beverages may not include the true amount of caffeine they contain.
What are Possible Energy Drink Side Effects?
The biggest danger of popular energy drinks is the high amount of caffeine they contain. Some 12 and 16 oz. cans may contain over 240 milligrams of caffeine, while some two-ounce energy shots may include over 420 mg. However, the FDA recommends that adults consume no more than 200 mg of caffeine per day.
Due to this and other ingredients, common types of energy drink side effects may include:
Several studies have shown the dangers of regular and excessive caffeine consumption. For example, study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicates that energy drink consumption causes increased blood pressure and heart rate, which may cause cardiovascular complications. Another study published in the International Journal of Cardiology indicated that children and adolescents may be more likely to experience adverse side effects.
If you are experiencing any unusual side effects following the consumption of an energy drink, then seek medical attention immediately. Prompt care can assure these side effects will not lead to further injuries. Additionally, medical documentation of serious energy drink side effects can be powerful evidence in a product liability claim.
Can I File a Product Liability Lawsuit for Energy Drinks?
The dangers of energy drinks and high levels of caffeine are emerging, but the vast majority of consumers remain in the dark. Consequently, several companies have faced product liability lawsuits for failure to warn consumers of known dangers. Significant cases and events related to the dangers of energy drinks include:
Energy Drink Injury? Contact Our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Today
At Riddle & Brantley, LLP, our attorneys have experience with product liability claims involving false advertising and labeling defects. We can investigate your energy drink injury or loved one’s wrongful death, and help you file a claim. We understand the struggles associated with injuries, thus we will work relentlessly for our clients to achieve fair benefits. Our attorneys are committed to seek justice for our clients and operate on a contingency fee basis, so we will not get paid unless our client does.
Located in Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Raleigh, and Kinston, we serve those in need throughout the state of North Carolina. To learn more or schedule your free no-obligation consultation, then call (800) 525-7111 or contact us online today. A member of our staff will gather information about your energy drink injury and then quickly connect you with one of our experienced attorneys.