Energy Drinks and Death

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: October 7, 2015

Energy Drinks Causing Deaths

Admittedly this is not the first time we have read a headline like the one above…

In fact, when energy drinks first dazzled the consumer market, there were a fair share of headlines including “energy drinks and death” in the same sentence.

And whether you’ll readily admit to it or not, we’ve all had a sip of one…

While others of us have guzzled down a couple or three to stay up for that one exam, concert, the next day at work – take your pick for using the energy inducing serum.

But this case, the case for trial attorney, Bruce Schechter, from the R. Rex Parris Law Firm, his most recent energy drink situation involved a 14 year old boy dying after just two Monster Energy drinks…

Cause of death? Cardiac Arrest.

A veteran to the energy drink industry and the cases he has delved into, Schechter could not reveal the exact amount of drink the boy consumed because he says, “Monster wants the amount to be sealed.”

Schechter is a master litigator in the fight for compensation on behalf of a number of families that have either lost a loved one or had them severely injured  after consuming the intensely caffeinated drink.

Energy drinks, are without a doubt, a multibillion-dollar industry and they are exactly that wealthy, in part, because of their market demographic which includes teenagers encouraging them “get their buzz on.”

“As Monster increases the number of flavors, all they are doing is enticing young America to go out and purchase these drinks,” says Schechter.

As this seasoned attorney puts it – “you don’t need a driver’s license” to get access to these sugary, caffeinated elixir that barely breaks the bank at $3 a can.

He has three additional cases “on the runway” scheduled for trial in the new year and has just filed two more cases against Monster Energy.

These injuries (and deaths) are becoming run of the mill for attorneys like Schechter….

In fact, the FDA adverse event reports show that since 2011 there have been 34 deaths related to energy drinks, 11 of them connected to Monster Energy.

“It is not the individual ingredients, it is the synergistic effect of these 26 ingredients that, when put together, are deadly,” argues Schechter.

Although Monster has one of the largest shares of the market;  similar energy drinks such as Rockstar, Red Bull and 5-hour Energy, all contain a combination of as many as 26 different high-caffeine-type ingredients.

And yet…

Monster Energy drinks have a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) designation…

Given the controversy around the drinks and the FDA adverse event reports information, Schechter believes the company owes the public an unbiased, peer-reviewed scientific research report.

*Thank you to for this original story.

Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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