It has been quite some time since your Charleston, SC attorneys have posted to the South Carolina Child Injury Blog, and your South Carolina lawyers sincerely apologize for the lack of continuous content. With that being said, there is a highly interesting wrongful death lawsuit that has just been filed against the California-based Monster Energy Drink Company.
The suit was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Riverside, by the parents of a deceased 14-year-old girl who died in December of last year. The personal injury attorney representing the parents said the teenager “died of caffeine toxicity in the setting of a cardiac arrhythmia,” according to a Maryland news article. The family’s attorney also noted the teen had an underlying mild heart condition that affects around 10 percent of the population.
Prior to the teen’s unfortunate and untimely death she consumed two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks in a period of less than 24 hours. The family’s products liability lawyer noted that with the teen’s underlying heart condition, drinking highly-caffeinated beverages like Monster is similar to “pouring gasoline on a fire,” according to the same above-mentioned news source.
The Maryland news article notes a response to the suit from a Monster spokesperson. The energy drink manufacturer intends to “vigorously defend” the wrongful death lawsuit and claims it “does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible” for the teen’s death.
The young girl’s mother recently appeared on a national talk show as a means to gain awareness about these allegedly dangerous drinks. The mother wants government agencies and officials to hold beverage makers to higher standard of disclosure regarding the contents of energy drinks.