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Monster energy drinks are a staple for thousands of Americans. In fact, up to 30 percent of adults drink energy drinks on a regular basis. The manufacturer notes that the ingredients in Monster will give you energy and help you stay focused. Monster energy drink lawsuits often arise when a Monster drinker ends up in the hospital because they drank too much of it.
Because of the high amount of caffeine and caffeine-related ingredients in Monster, drinking a dangerous level of caffeine may be easier than you might think. If this type of experience has happened to you or a loved one, you need to talk to a Monster energy drink lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.
John Foy & Associates knows that drinking Monster energy drinks can cause disaster to strike at any minute. You likely were not prepared for the sudden adverse side effects that these drinks can cause. Our team has more than 20 years of experience in cases like these, and we can help.
We always represent victims—never big corporations or insurance companies. We don’t charge you a dime if you don’t get any money out of your lawsuit. There is no risk. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What Problems Can Monster Energy Drinks Cause?
Manufacturers knew that Monster energy drinks could cause harm and death as early as 2004. The FDA started an investigation related to five deaths that may have been caused by overuse of Monster in 2012. But, experts have indicated that over-consumption of caffeine can be harmful no matter where it comes from.
The problem with Monster is that it has a deceiving amount of caffeine in it, and the marketing for these drinks is focused on encouraging you to drink several per day or even in one sitting.
One of the main ingredients in Monster is caffeine, but these drinks also include ingredients like guarana and taurine. These substances act like caffeine, which may make this drink an unhealthy option if it is regularly consumed.
Drinking too much Monster can lead to death by heart attack or liver failure. It can also cause:
- Toxic hepatitis
- Increased heart rate
- Liver inflammation
- Stomach irritation
- Jaundice (yellowing eyes and skin)
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Acute non-viral hepatitis
- Heart arrhythmias
- Kidney failure
- Stroke or “mini-stroke”
- Heart failure
- Blood clots
While the caffeine itself in these drinks is not known to cause liver problems, other substances in these beverages can—including vitamin B3, also known as niacin. In lower quantities, vitamin B3 is good for you. It is actually linked to lowered risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels.
In the right doses, it can even increase liver function. But, vitamin B3 can be toxic if you have too much of it. Monster energy drinks often have twice the amount of B3 that you should be getting in one day in just one can. If you drink several cans per day, for example, the high levels of B3 can cause severe liver problems.
The guarana contained in energy drinks can cause a host of other problems as well. Guarana actually acts like caffeine—so much so that 1 gram of guarana is considered equivalent to 40+ milligrams of caffeine. Taurine, another common ingredient, affects the heart muscles just like caffeine does.
The combination of all of these ingredients makes Monster energy drinks dangerous. When you include these extra potentially hazardous pieces, the listed caffeine content of Monster may not really reflect how much caffeine-like items are also in the drink.
Who is Most Likely to Be at Risk for Monster Side Effects?
Those who are sensitive to caffeine or pregnant should generally not drink Monster. However, children and teens may be at more of a risk than other drinkers. Caffeine toxicity is simply more likely to occur because children’s bodies cannot metabolize the caffeine as well. They also may not fully appreciate the risks.
Between 20 and 50 percent of adolescents and young adults will drink energy drinks like Monster despite these risks. Up to 18 percent of children under the age of ten also drink energy drinks.
Those who drink Monster regularly also have a higher risk of side effects. The long-term exposure to the combination of ingredients can result in organ failure, including kidney disease. Some Monster lawsuits involve otherwise healthy adults who drank Monster one or more times per day for a period of several years.
How do I Know if I Have a Case?
If you have experienced a sudden health issue, drinking Monster might be to blame. You should get medical attention immediately if you have an emergency situation. The side effects of Monster energy drinks can be fatal—don’t wait to go to the hospital.
At first, it may be difficult to see the link between drinking Monster and your health condition. Talk to a medical professional about why you or a loved one has experienced these side effects.
Be sure to mention how much Monster you have consumed in the past few weeks. Describe your drinking habits generally as well. If a doctor knows that you have been drinking Monster for the past several years, for example, he or she may be able to treat you more effectively.
You should also talk to a Monster energy drink lawyer. They will be able to put you in touch with a medical professional that may be able to tell you if your Monster habit caused your health condition. If there is a connection, you likely have a valid legal claim.
Talk to a Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Lawyer for Free
The side effects of Monster energy drinks can be severe and may affect you for the rest of your life. Your daily life may never be the same. While nothing can truly fix what has been done, you may be able to recover money to help you deal with medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
John Foy & Associates wants to help. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.