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 owithin the past decade, 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.
With the help of a proficient product liability law firm, you may be able to recover significant compensation for injuries or wrongful death linked to energy drinks, and you should absolutely consider speaking with an attorney.
Energy Drink Injuries and Side Effects
Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants such as taurine and guarana. These beverages can 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:
Energy drink side effect risks are even higher for children or young adults who have diabetes, heart problems, seizures, behavioral or mood disorders, or who take certain medications.
Energy Drinks: Lack of Regulation and Misleading Advertising
Energy drinks are currently labeled as “dietary supplements”, and this allows them to dodge regulation by the FDA. The current legal limit of caffeine in a soda is 71-mg per 12-ounces. Some energy drinks contain more than 500-mg of caffeine. Over the years, the FDA has received multiple public requests to enforce stricter regulations on the energy drink industry.
Additionally, many energy drinks are advertised as supplements that help a person’s athletic performance. 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.
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