Thursday, March 31, 2016

Monster Beverage Facing Personal Injury Claims

Are energy drinks leading to personal injuries?

So-called energy drinks that are laden with sugar and high doses of caffeine have become the beverage of choice for many consumers. As the popularity of these concoctions has risen, reports have begun to surface about the potential health risks associated with these energy drinks. Recently, Monster Beverage Corp. has been hit with a series of personal injury suits alleging that its popular line of caffeine-laced drinks can lead to serious health problems.

The beverage maker has pitched these products as a sure-fire way to give fatigued workers an energy boost to get them through their busy day. Some experts believe that excessive caffeine consumption increases heart rates and blood pressure and they have tried to link energy drinks to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and even brain damage. The lawsuits contain a variety of allegations that serve as the bases for the personal injury claims.

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit is a legal dispute that arises when an individual suffers harm from an accident or injury for which another individual may be liable. A typical suit involves filing a complaint against the individual or business alleging that they acted irresponsibly in causing the accident or injury. The legal term for this is negligence. While some cases become civil court proceedings that result in a jury trial, many personal injury claims are resolved though an informal settlement outside of court.

The Monster Mash

The claims against Monster Beverage Corp. include allegations that its energy drinks are targeting children and that there are no proper warnings of the side effects on the product containers. Because the beverages were classified as dietary supplements prior to 2013, plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that the company was permitted to avoid informing consumers of the high doses of caffeine in its drinks. In so doing, consumers were deprived of information that enabled them to make informed decisions about consuming the beverages.

One of the plaintiffs in a case filed in Orlando, Fl apparently suffered a stroke after drinking 6 Monster beverages a day for five years. The beverage makers argued that this individual had pre-existing health conditions that led to the stroke. Monster also said in a statement that the case was an effort by personal injury attorneys “to make a cottage industry of suing energy drink companies.” In addition to Monster, other high-energy beverage makers like Rockstar and Red Bull are also facing personal injury claims.

While the outcome of the energy-drink personal injury claims remains unclear, these lawsuits require an understanding of the facts and related procedures that a highly skilled personal injury attorney can provide.