Energy Drink Wrongful Death Lawyers

Energy drink wrongful death lawyers at the firm of Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky L.L.C. are currently investigating potential energy drink lawsuits in all 50 states.  In the past four years, at least 18 death reports filed with the federal government cited energy drinks as a possible cause of death.  Energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, and 5-Hour Energy have become wildly popular over the past few years, especially amongst young adults and teens.  Unfortunately, these drinks are not currently required to feature detailed warning labels to caution users about the potential for serious injury or even wrongful death as a result of a caffeine overdose, putting thousands of unsuspecting consumers at risk.  If you have lost a loved one to a caffeine overdose, cardiac arrest, or other energy drink side effects, you could be eligible to pursue significant compensation in an energy drink wrongful death lawsuit.  We encourage you to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can inform you of your legal rights in a free consultation.

Energy Drink Injuries and Side Effects

Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants such as taurine and guarana.  These beverages pose a serious risk of caffeine toxicity, and this risk is especially high for children, teens, and young adults.  According to data from a study published in Pediatrics in February 2012, roughly 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks.  In the year 2007, 46% of the 5,448 caffeine overdoses reported in the United States affected patients who were younger than 19 years of age.

The article in Pediatrics goes on to note that younger energy drink consumers are at a heightened risk for:

  • Caffeine overdose
  • Dehydration
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Death

Energy drink side effect risks are even higher for children or young adults how have diabetes, heart problems, seizures, behavioral or mood disorders, or who take certain medications.

At the conclusion of the article, researchers stated that “the known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects in association with energy drink use.  In the short term, pediatricians need to be aware of the possible effects of energy drinks in vulnerable populations and screen for consumption to educate families.”  In addition to these words of caution, the researchers also called for ongoing long-term research into safety drink side effects in at-risk populations and an alteration in energy drink sales based on the results of this research.

Energy Drink Misleading Advertising

Although children, teens, and young adults are at a heightened risk for energy drink side effects such as caffeine overdose, marketing efforts and packaging of energy drinks regularly target this age group.  In a study conducted by scientists at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, experts found that at least three energy drink brands bought media targeted to adolescents.  In addition, the researchers found that “the majority of energy drink ads viewed by adolescents appeared on cable networks with disproportionately more adolescent than adult viewers including Adult Swim (80% to 90% more adolescent viewers), MTV and MTV2 (88% to 199% more adolescent viewers), and Comedy Central (20% to 30% more adolescent viewers).”  In conclusion, the researchers suggested that “the numerous products available and energy drink advertising that reaches young people is concerning in light of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that energy drinks never be consumed by children or adolescents.”

Many energy drinks are advertised as supplements that help a person work out—the website for 5-Hour Energy even claims that the beverage can help consumers excel at sports.  The truth, however, is that caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it can promote dehydration.  A number of people have suffered serious dehydration, heat exhaustion, and hospitalization as a result of exercising intensely after consuming an energy drink without sufficient water to remain hydrated.

Contact an Energy Drink Lawyer

In an energy drink wrongful death lawsuit, victims could be able to recover compensation for physical, financial, and emotional damages including funeral costs, medical bills, and pain and suffering.  If you believe your loved one’s death was connected to an energy drink, you need an experienced lawyer to help you hold negligent parties fully accountable under the law so that you may recover the full compensation to which you are entitled.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an energy drink wrongful death lawyer.