Energy drink makers are facing a series of lawsuits claiming the drinks may cause serious injuries to consumers and the drink makers failed to disclose these health risks. While the drinks are marketed as providing a boost of energy to fatigued people, the drinks also contain high levels of caffeine which could cause serious health risks, such as strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, brain damage, and even death. If you or a loved one were injured as the result of consuming an energy drink, energy drink lawyers may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering.
Caffeine Overdose Dangers
The global energy drink market is highly profitable with sales of $49.9 billion in 2014. However, according to astudy published by The Journal of American Medical Association, even one energy drink can cause short term health changes that if used over time could increase the risk of heart disease. The study also found that stress hormones and blood pressure rates rose to unhealthy levels just 30 minutes after the consumption of one energy drink.
Energy Drink FDA Regulations
Until 2013, energy drinks were classified as dietary supplements which allowed them to avoid placing warning labels on the drinks alerting consumers to the high concentrations of caffeine. However, many energy drinks then began marketing their products as beverages, which allowed companies to avoid reporting adverse health events to the Food and Drug Administration. Lawsuits claim that many energy drinks list “energy blend” on their labels without disclosing how much caffeine is in the ingredients. The lawsuits also claim that without the proper information individuals were not able to make informed decisions about the dangers of the contents found in energy drinks and suffered injuries due to the lack of warning.
Top Popular Engergy Drinks
Lawsuits filed against popular energy drinks claim it is an industry wide problem. Many energy drinks contain not only high levels of caffeine but also other supplements such as guarana and taurine, which can also contain high levels of caffeine. Some of the top energy drink brands include:
- Red Bull
In 2014, Red Bull topped the U.S. top selling energy drink list with over 2,883,000 cans sold. Monster followed closely behind with over 2,476,000 cans sold.
Negative Energy Drink Side Effects
Energy drink lawsuits allege the energy drinks may cause:
- Cardiac arrest
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
Energy Drink Lawsuits
Lawsuits have been filed against energy drink manufactures alleging improper and lack of testing, product defect, lack of warnings, and concealment of known side effects. If you are interested in learning more about filing a lawsuit against an energy drink maker, call 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a free case review at burnetti2.wpengine.com.