Questions are being raised regarding the safety of Five-Hour Energy drinks. Residents of Wisconsin and people all over the nation are likely familiar with the small bottles touted to be a healthier way to get energy than other drinks on the market. However, now there are questions about the drink and whether it could be responsible for several injuries or even deaths. This speculation raises the possibility of wrongful death allegations against the makers.
5-Hour Energy has been implicated in over a dozen deaths during the last four years. However, there is no concrete evidence yet that the drink has been wholly responsible for the deaths, only that it could be a possibility. The drink is believed to cause heart attacks and even spontaneous abortion. Companies who make drinks like this appear to be aware of what is happening, because federal law requires them to report any cases where their products are linked to a fatality.
However, 5-Hour Energy isn't the only product involved regarding these injuries and deaths. Monster Energy drinks have also come under fire for five deaths. In the past, another marketing group decided to take the ingredients inside of an energy drink and combine it with alcohol. There were fatalities linked to the drink just a few months later, ultimately resulting in a government ban. Many believe there is a correlation between these injuries and deaths and the ingredients in those cans.
Wisconsin residents who may have lost a family member which appears to have been due to the consumption of these types of energy drinks may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death occurs when negligence is deemed to have been the proximate cause someone's death, even if it is unintentional. There has been no word on lawsuits pending against the 5-Hour Energy company, but as further information is released that could change.
Source: Yahoo! News, "Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion'," Adam Clark Estes, Nov. 14, 2012