Energy drinks have been put in the spotlight since a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Monster Energy Drinks. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 14-year-old victim who allegedly died due to too much caffeine in the beverage. While the accusations against the company were put on hold, another lawsuit may put Monster's energy drink in the spotlight again and may interest Los Angeles, California, residents.
According to sources, a fatal accident involved a California teenager who experienced cardiac arrest in July 2012. It was reported that the victim consumed at least two cans of Monster's energy drink the day before he died. Authorities claimed that the boy's death was due to cardiomyopathy and cardiac arrhythmia. The ruling of his death was similar to the case of a Maryland girl who died after drinking the beverage. As a result, the family of the 19-year-old boy filed the second wrongful death lawsuit against Monster, in California.
Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also continuing its investigation regarding reports that the beverage can cause illnesses, injury or death if consumed. The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that the caffeine content and other stimulants in energy drinks are not advisable for children and young people.
Negligence is a key element in any wrongful death case, including such lawsuits filed against product manufacturers. Manufacturing companies have the responsibility to regard consumer safety as well as inform them about the possible health concerns that it may pose. If they fail to do so, their negligence may hold the manufacturer accountable for damages.
It is very sad if a person becomes ill, injured or dies as a result of consuming or using a product. However, people who are injured due to a manufacturer's negligence can be compensated. If negligence is proven, the compensation may help the victim to pay for hospitalization, loss of income or loss of a family member.
Source: CNBC.com, "Second Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Monster Beverage," Jason Gewirtz, June 25, 2013