Lawsuit alleges energy drinks lead to serious health concerns
Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 4:55 pm
An Orlando based law firm filled a lawsuit last week against Monster Energy drinks claiming that these popular drinks have led to serious health concerns, and even death, and Monster isn’t the only high-caffeine drink that is facing lawsuits. Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull, and 5 Hour Energy are all facing litigation.
The alleged side effects of these caffeine fueled energy drinks are numerous and include among them:
• Caffeine toxicity
• Heart palpitation
• Cardiac Arrest
• Kidney failure
Concerns about the ingredients in energy drinks have been around for years, and the drink companies have always tried to hide the caffeine level and other questionable ingredients. Before 2013 energy drinks fell under the classification dietary supplements, circumventing the requirement for warning labels on these drinks. They then marketed these drinks as beverages so they would not have to report any adverse health events to the FDA, and labeled their ingredients vaguely, such as “energy blend.”
Potentially Harmful Ingredients in Energy Drinks
Caffeine is probably the most infamous of energy drink ingredients. Most of us can’t start our day without a cup of coffee, (or two) but the amount of caffeine in 2 energy drinks is equal to the caffeine in 12 cans of regular soft drinks. Too much caffeine can cause dizziness, nausea, dehydration, headaches, and more.
Sugar or Sugar Substitutes that can lead to, among other health issues, weight gain, tooth decay, type 2 Diabetes, and obesity. Present in many energy drinks you will find herbal substances such as Ginseng, Ginko Biloba, and Guarana. When these are combined with caffeine and sugar they may cause headaches, fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart palpitation, and kidney failure.
High levels of Taurine and B vitamins. Excessive amounts of taurine can cause low blood pressure, and taking more B vitamins than suggested causes many health issues. Among them nerve damage, blurred vision, and gastrointestinal problems.
If you think you or someone you know has suffered any injuries listed above due to a of lack of sufficient warning labels and concealment of known side effects please contact a personal injury lawyer. If you live in the Cumming, Alpharetta and Gainesville areas and have any questions or would like to learn more about filing a lawsuit call 770-205-8887 or fill out a free case evaluation.
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