5-hour Energy is a popular brand of energy drinks we’ve all seen at checkouts in supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, and many other retail establishments. Unlike other energy drinks, 5-hour Energy is a 1.93 fluid ounce “shot” as opposed to a beverage similar to a soft drink. It does, however, contain similar ingredients to other energy drinks that can cause adverse side effects such as high blood pressure, seizures, heart attacks, kidney failure, and other ailments.
Consumers who believe their health has been adversely affected by consuming 5-hour Energy shots should consult with us immediately about their legal options. Contact us for a free consultation today by calling us or filling out our free, no-obligation form.
5-hour Energy Linked to 13 Deaths
5-hour Energy has been on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) radar since the late 2000s. The FDA received 92 filings of adverse event reports related to the energy shot, including 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations. The incidents that did not involve a death reported injuries like heart attacks, convulsions, and other life-threatening ailments.
Energy drinks have been the subject of controversy for many years. In addition to caffeine, the beverages might also contain large amounts of amino acids, B vitamins, and other herbal substances that can potentially be toxic in large amounts.
Lawsuits Have Been Consolidated Into MDL
Living Essentials, LLC has been involved in protracted legal proceedings involving 5-hour Energy, including claims alleging that the product does not provide the energy it advertises. Consistent with other energy beverages, consumers have brought class action lawsuits alleging false advertising and inaccurate labeling, which does not disclose the amount of caffeine in the product. In June, 2013, three separate class action lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that remains pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Data From Studies Suggests 5-hour Energy Dangerous to Children and Teenagers
In February, 2012, the Journal Pediatrics published a study that raised concerns about the use of 5-hour Energy by children and teenagers. The study claims, “Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit, and many ingredients are understudied and not regulated. The known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects.” Moreover, the product can be especially dangerous for children who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or who have underlying cardiac disorders.
Other side effects might include:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiac arrest
- Heart attack
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood changes
- Kidney failure
Have You Been Injured by 5-hour Energy?
If you or someone you know has experienced heart problems, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, or another side effect after drinking 5-hour Energy shots, you might have reason to sue the company for compensation. Plaintiffs sue for things like unforeseen medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and in some cases, death.
Our attorneys are currently investigating claims against 5-hour energy. If you’ve suffered any health related problems after consuming 5-hour Energy, don’t hesitate. Call us now or fill out our contact form to find out about your legal options and if you could be entitled to compensation.