Late last month, another lawsuit was filed against Monster Beverage Corp., the manufacturer of the popular line of Monster energy drinks, alleging the plaintiff’s teenage son died from cardiac arrhythmia brought on by his regular consumption of the drink. Nineteen year old Alex Morris went into cardiac arrest on July 1, 2012, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.
According to the lawsuit, Morris’s death was caused by his consumption of approximately two cans of Monster’s energy drink every day for the three years leading up to his death, including the day he died. The attorney representing Morris’s family has also filed a similar lawsuit against Monster on behalf of the family of a 14-year-old Maryland teen who died after drinking two 24 ounce cans of the beverage. Both actions claim that the teens’ deaths were caused the energy drinks and Monster’s failure to warn about the dangers of ingesting the product.
Monster Beverage has denied the claims in both suits, claiming that there is no evidence to establish a causal connection between the teens consumption of its products and their deaths. Producers of energy drinks such as those made by Monster have faced heightened scrutiny recently from the U.S. The Food & Drug Administration as part of its investigation into several deaths purportedly linked to energy drinks.
As this blog has discussed before, under Maryland law, a person that has been injured or killed by a dangerous or defective product may be able to hold the manufacturer, designer, or retailer of that product liable for the resulting injuries or death. This type of lawsuit is commonly referred to as a product liability claim. Product liability is a type of negligence claim in which the plaintiffs asserts that the manufacturer, designer, or retailer of the product failed to act in a reasonably prudent manner.
There are three types of product defects from which such a claim can arise: (1) manufacturing defect (in which there is a defect in the way the product is made); (2) design defect (in which there is a defect in the way a product is designed); and (3) warning defect (in which there is a failure to warn users of the potential hazards associated with the product).
Defective products have been known to cause severe injuries such as burns, head, spine, and neck injuries, lacerations, and concussions, all of which can result in lengthy, and expensive, medical treatment. In this case, Monster is being accused of a warning defect, i.e. that it failed to properly advise consumers that overconsumption of the beverage was potentially health hazardous and, unfortunately, resulted in the deaths of two young individuals.
The qualified attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by defective products, including automobiles, consumer products, power tools, and aircraft. If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product, contact the attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC today.