Monster Fights Back Against Caffeine Toxicity Suit

In 2012, a little girl in Maryland died after she allegedly consumed 2 large Monster energy drinks.  Her family has sued Monster, claiming their daughter died as a result of their dangerous overly caffeinated formula.  However, in an examination of the girl's medical records, Monster's attorneys are claiming that her heart condition was responsible for her death, not Monster's energy drinks.

It begs the question whether or not these hyper- caffeinated energy drinks are safe for consumers with heart conditions or other such previous health conditions.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating 5 deaths that they believe may be associated with Monster energy drinks. It has yet to release data on whether or not the energy drinks were responsible.

Caffeine Toxicity

The fear behind the investigations into energy drinks is whether or not these drinks caused caffeine toxicity and became fatal.  Emergency rooms have claimed they see thousands more patients in the emergency room with symptoms of caffeine overdose.  This includes the following symptoms and reactions:

  • jitters, nervousness, anxiety
  • sweating
  • nausea, vomiting
  • dizziness
  • irregular heartbeat
  • cardiac arrest
  • death
This could be achieved with 200-500 mg of caffeine but consumers with caffeine sensitivity may even die as a result of even small amounts of caffeine. If you experience these symptoms of caffeine toxicity, you should get medical attention and call a skilled product liability attorney.