Popular high-caffeine energy drinks such as 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy may pose health risks including serious illness and death, according to recent reports.
Thirteen death reports filed with the federal government cited possible involvement of the one-shot 5-Hour Energy over the past four years while another five fatality reports mentioned the popular drink Monster Energy. Other reports noted life-threatening injuries including convulsions and heart attacks.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or death as a possible result of consuming an energy drink, you should contact an energy drink attorney for a free evaluation of your case. Kline & Specter, with some 30 attorneys, five of whom are also highly skilled doctors, has the experience and expertise to handle energy drink injury litigation.
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The firm is currently investigating the case of a woman who suffered two heart attacks after consuming an energy drink. She was only 38 years old and in otherwise good health before the episodes.
The New York Times reported on the incident reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing 90 filings of potential problems with 5-Hour Energy since 2009, including 30 that involved serious injuries. It noted 13 fatality reports, which were submitted as required to the FDA by the manufacturer, Living Essentials. (See story)
The Times said another government agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported last year that in 2009 there were 13,000 emergency room visits associated with energy drinks.
The energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and other ingredients that can include very high levels of certain B vitamins and amino acids.