Recent reports have shown that millions of people in the United States consume energy drinks, which may contain three to five times the caffeine contained in a same-size can of soda. The popularity of these energy drinks has indeed surged over the last few years. But, they have also come under intense scrutiny for serious health effects including heart rhythm problems, increased blood pressure and in some cases, even cardiac arrest. These types of harmful side effects have resulted in consumers filing Monster Energy drink lawsuits.
What Are Energy Drinks?
Energy drinks are beverages that are sold as products that significantly boost energy levels, mental performance and weight loss. Popular brands of energy drinks, such as Monster Energy, contain high amounts of caffeine and sweeteners as well as vitamins and herbal supplements. While a typical 8-ounce cup of coffee contains 100-200 mg of caffeine, a single energy drink could contain as much as 600 to 800 mg of caffeine. Up to 400 mg a day is considered safe for adults. Moreover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the safety of these products because energy drinks are often marketed as dietary supplements.
How Can Energy Drinks Be Harmful?
Increased consumption of energy drinks has been linked to heart problems. According to one recent study, 19 percent of college students who used energy drinks experienced heart palpitations. Energy drinks can also increase heart rate and blood pressure, especially in individuals who already have heart disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning concerning energy drinks, noting that increased consumption of these products could pose a danger to public health, especially in young consumers. According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, emergency room visits involving energy drinks in the United States doubled from 10,000 in 2007 to 20,000 in 2011.
Contact a Monster Energy Drink Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered side effects after consuming Monster Energy drink products, contact d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Monster Energy drink lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a talcum powder lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.