Posted on March 31, 2015 in Personal Injury
A recent study conducted by the pediatric chair for Wayne State University and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan reveals that energy drinks may be dangerous and even deadly. These drinks, which are commonly sold in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout the country, are responsible for nearly 5,000 reports of dangerous side effects, including heart attacks and death. A Maryland teenager recently died of a fatal heart attack after consuming two Monster energy drinks in a 24 hour period. Tragically, the fourteen year old girl died at home while watching television with her family.
A commentary on the study recently appeared in The Detroit News. The study examined data from 4,780 calls made to poison control centers around the country over a three year period that involved the dangerous side effects of energy drinks. In one reported incident, a 16 year old male suffered a non-fatal heart attack after consuming a Monster energy drink. Monster Energy drinks manufactured by Monster Beverage Corporation are the leading brand of energy drinks sold. Monster Beverage Corporation is the principal corporation involved in a majority of the cases of harmful effects suffered by children and adolescents.
FINDINGS OF THE ENERGY DRINK STUDY
Study findings reveal that the effects from the high caffeine content of the energy drinks are most serious for older adolescents. Sixty-four percent of energy drink consumers aged 20 and above suffered moderate to severe side effects that required medical intervention or life-saving treatment. Thirty-three percent of those experiencing moderate to severe side effects were teenagers, while only seven percent of children aged six through 12, and two percent of children under the age of six, experienced that level of harm.
According to information contained in The Detroit News commentary, caffeine overdose can happen when an adult consumes more than 400 mg. in a 24 hour period. A typical cup of coffee contains less than 200 mg. of caffeine, while a Monster energy drink can contain as much as 400 mg. in one container.
Despite the dangers reported, energy drink sales continue to rise. According to a report in Packaged Foods, energy drink sales topped $12.5 billion in the year 2012. Experts predict that if the current trend in sales continues, the industry could see $21 billion in sales by 2017.
As sales continue to rise, so do lawsuits filed against manufacturers of energy drinks. A wrongful death lawsuit against the Monster Beverage Corporation is scheduled to begin in April, 2015, following the death of a 15 year old male who consumed Monster energy drinks each day for three years before succumbing to its effects. Another lawsuit was recently filed by the widow of a man who drank one energy drink a day during the two weeks preceding his death. She claims that the Monster Beverage Corporation falsely advertises its extra strength product as being safe and doesn’t include warnings on possible dangers linked to the amount of caffeine contained in the beverage.
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A recent study conducted by the pediatric chair for Wayne State University and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan reveals that energy drinks may be dangerous and even deadly.