According to a study published by the American Heart Association, energy drinks are dangerous -- particularly for children. The study cataloged thousands of children who have suffered from heart issues and other medical problems after they consumed energy drinks. The symptoms include: seizures, tremors and heart complications. Researchers are now asking that, at the very least, strict health warnings be printed on energy drinks.
5,100 Poison Control Reports in 3 Years
During the three-year time frame of the study, poison control centers around the United States have received over 5,100 reports pertaining to energy drink problems. Forty percent of those reports involved children who were 6 years of age and under.
Approximately thirty-three percent of the calls involving young children included symptoms of nausea, vomiting, tremors, seizures and other complications. Energy drinks are sweet and tasty, which attracts children to drink them. They also contain as much as 400 milligrams of caffeine. To put this in perspective, one cup of coffee usually has a maximum of 150 milligrams of caffeine.
Family Says Daughter's Death Caused by Monster Drink
According to one Maryland family, their 14-year-old daughter died after she consumed two Monster energy drinks in a 24-hour time frame. Doctors reported that her death was caused by cardiac arrhythmia from caffeine toxicity. An attorney representing the girl's family in a personal injury lawsuit against Monster insists that energy drinks can kill people.
Doctor Says More Regulation Is the Answer
One doctor is advocating that sales of energy drinks to children be prohibited in the state of Maryland. The physician said that these drinks have no dietary benefit for children and minors should not consume them. He hopes that a ban on sales to children would help prevent them from getting into the hands of youngsters.
Although energy drink manufacturer Monster claims that no fatalities have resulted from its beverages, consumers who believe that they or their family members have suffered an injury or death after consuming energy drinks may wish to investigate the pursuit of a personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages. Indeed, other energy drink cases have already been filed throughout the country. These lawsuits could help victims receive financial restitution for their damages and bring more public awareness to the dangers of energy drinks.
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