Red Bull energy drink has become a popular beverage among people looking for a boost from something other than coffee. When it first hit the market in 1997, Red Bull quickly gained popularity, but now it is alleged that regular consumption can lead to serious adverse side effects such as heart attacks, dangerously high blood pressure, and strokes and seizures that could possibly lead to death.
If you’ve consumed Red Bull and believe your health has been adversely affected, contact us at Morgan & Morgan immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.
In 2013, an $85 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 33 year-old man, whose family alleges that his death from a heart attack was caused by his consumption of Red Bull.
Why is Red Bull Dangerous?
There have been several studies conducted that have analyzed the adverse effects of energy drinks. The first one, published in the journal Pediatrics in February, 2011, showed that teenagers and adolescents who consume Red Bull are in danger of experiencing heart palpitations, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest and death. Moreover, other serious health conditions could be exacerbated by excessive energy drink consumption, particularly diabetes, since these drinks often contain high levels of sugar.
Subsequent studies, including a report released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 show that Red Bull can cause up to 21 adverse side effects when consumed not only by children, but by adults as well. Those side effects include:
- Irregular heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia)
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Heart attack
- Cardiac arrest
- Multiple seizures
- Kidney failure
False Advertising Lawsuit Settled For $13 Million
In October, 2014, Red Bull agreed to pay $13 million to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged the company made false and misleading advertising claims by saying that consuming the beverage would help increase concentration and reaction speeds. It was found that these claims lacked scientific support, and that Red Bull does not offer any sort of physical benefits or enhancement.
Do I Have Cause to File a Red Bull Lawsuit?
While false advertising is a serious problem, many more people have been experiencing life-threatening physical ailments from consuming Red Bull.
If you or someone you know has experienced heart problems, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, or another injury after drinking Red Bull, you might have reason to sue the company for compensation. Plaintiffs file lawsuits to cover things like unforeseen medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and in some cases, death.
Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are currently evaluating claims against Red Bull, and our team is standing by to speak to anyone who feels they have cause for a claim because of injury or illness. Please fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation, or call us today.