Energy Drink Attorneys

Energy Drink Attorneys

Concerns continue to grow over health problems associated energy drinks and energy supplements, as more reports of heart attacks and even death are linked to these drinks. 

In recent years, sales of energy drinks have soared. Twenty years ago there were few energy drinks on the market. Now, the industry has exploded, with  drinks such as Monster,5 Hour Energy, Red Bull, Rockstar, and others, all of which are readily available at most convenience stores and are heavily advertised on all forms of media.

The drinks are sold next to traditional colas and soft drinks, however pose much more danger to consumers. A typical cola may contain 35 milligrams of caffeine. Some energy drinks contain up to 400 milligrams. The size of the cans has also been growing in recent years and almost constant marketing often promotes fast consumption of a large number of drinks.

All of these types of energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and other additives designed to stimulate the body and boost energy. However, concerns have surfaced about the safety of energy drinks, and some are pushing for stronger regulations requiring clearer label warnings about the health risks of high amounts of caffeine and the potential for caffeine toxicity.

Serious Energy Drink Side Effects

In August 2015, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) published an updated energy drink safety alert to warn the public about severe and potentially fatal side effects associated with energy drinks.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Nervousness
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Delirium
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Increased heart rate
  • Kidney problems
  • Altered heart rhythm
  • Mood changes
  • Withdrawal
  • Diarrhea
  • Chest pains
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dehydration

Energy drinks are technically considered dietary supplements, which means that the FDA does not regulate these products. Thus, there is no legal limit for the caffeine in energy drinks. Additionally, labeling requirements for these products are lax and it is often difficult to determine just how much caffeine one drink contains, especially since many consumers may not be aware that common energy drink ingredients like taurine, yerba mate, guarana, and cacao also contain caffeine.

Energy Drink Lawsuits

In October 2012, following the death of a 14-year-old girl who suffered cardiac arrest after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster and subsequent lawsuit, the FDA released a report that indicating it had received at least 37 complaints involving Monster drinks alone since 2004, and the side effects of Monster energy drinks are suspected as being factors in at least six deaths.

According to allegations raised in the complaint, there has been a spike in the number of emergency room visits each year due to caffeine overdoses, which coincides with the increase in use of energy drinks like Monster among teens and young adults.

Energy drink sales increased 240% between 2004 and 2009, and the number of caffeine overdose emergency visits increased from 1,128 in 2005 to 16,055 in 2008 and 13,114 in 2009. Approximately 56% of those visits involved individuals between 12 and 25 years of age.

Speak with a Energy Drink Lawyer

A number of claims have been filed against makers of energy drinks, such as Monster Energy, Red Bull, Rockstar, Redline and others. Attorneys at the law firm of Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley are working with individuals and their loved ones who have experienced health concerns after drinking one of these energy drinks. If you or a loved one has been harmed by one of these products, contact an experienced attorney today for a free, confidential consultation