New Lawsuit Filed Alleging Wrongful Death Caused by Monster® Energy Drink
Energy drinks have received a growing amount of scrutiny recently in the wake of a number of lawsuits being filed against manufacturers of energy drinks that allege the drinks contributed to serious injuries and even fatalities. These allegations have led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate fatalities alleged to have been caused by energy drinks, including five deaths blamed on Monster® beverages according to a Fox News report.
A lawsuit recently filed by the mother of a 19-year-old, Alex Morris, following his death from cardiac arrest has again focused attention on whether energy drinks pose a health risk according to the Fox report. A CBS news report also indicates that the mother of the teenager has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the energy drink caused her son’s death. The lawsuit contends that the teenager would not have died had he not engaged in the practice of consuming two cans of Monster® energy drinks daily over a three-year period prior to his tragic death.
The wrongful death lawsuit is similar to another lawsuit filed by the family of a 14-year-old, Anais Fournier, who also died of a heart arrhythmia last year after drinking two 24-ounce cans of the energy drink according to the CBS report. The coroner in this prior case cited caffeine toxicity as a factor in causing the teenager’s death according to CBS news report. The amount of caffeine in a can of Monster® of the size that was allegedly consumed by the teen is reportedly 240 milligrams, which is seven times the amount of caffeine in a typical soft drink according to CBS.
While the plaintiff in Fournier faced challenges in proving a causal link between the consumption of energy drinks and the teen’s cardiac arrest, these challenges were linked to an inherited medical condition that causes the strength of one’s blood vessels to be compromised. This case may be stronger because the news reports do not indicate that Morris has a similar condition. The mother of the teen may be able to recover damages if she can prove that a product defect, such as inadequate warnings about potential heart risks caused the boy’s death.
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