Energy drinks are everywhere in Las Vegas. Whether you’re drinking one when you’re feeling tired during the middle of the day or mixing one with alcohol later in the night, you probably think they’re completely harmless—but they might not be as safe as you think. More and more wrongful death lawsuits are appearing across the country alleging that energy drinks were the cause of death. At the same time, research is being released that suggests that the high amount of caffeine in energy drinks can be dangerous for children and adults who have heart conditions.
Two Recent Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The most recent lawsuit filed is regarding the death of Shane Felts, who died in 2012. For the two weeks before his death, Mr. Felts drank at least one energy drink each day. His wife is filing the wrongful death suit and alleging that Monster Beverage Company is not adequately labeling and warning people of the risks of their beverages.
Another lawsuit which will soon start trial concerns the death of Alex Morris, who died at the age of 19 after drinking at least two cans every day over the course of three years. That lawsuit was filed by his mother, and the trial will begin next month.
New Research on Energy Drinks and Health Effects
A new university study was published that examined calls to the CDC related to energy drink consumption. The study looked into approximately 5,000 calls that were made within a three-year period. When the consumption was by minors, there was a greater chance of severe and life-threatening effects on health. Thirty percent of the calls from teens and sixty-four percent of the calls from people aged twenty or older resulted in severe health effects.
What Should You Do
Adults who consume energy drinks irregularly are at a low risk for health problems. As long as you don’t drink them every day or drink more than one in a 24-hour period, you will probably suffer no effects worse than an upset stomach. However, you should be careful if you suffer from heart conditions and you should also avoid mixing them with alcohol. If you have a child or teenager, you should educate them about the life-threatening danger associated with energy drinks and monitor their consumption. As always, consulting your physician is a good idea to better understand the risks involved and how they might affect your specific health and bodily function.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you or someone in your family has died, and you think it is due to energy drink consumption, you should get in contact with a personal injury lawyer immediately. There are specific statutes of limitations regarding wrongful death suits and limitations on who may file the suit. Your attorney can help you determine if you have a case and can recommend a course of action. Our legal team is dedicated to helping our clients get the justice you deserve. Whether the death of your loved one was caused by energy drinks or something else, we are prepared to fight for you.