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Monster Beverage Corporation, a prominent marketer and distributor of energy drinks, is facing a lawsuit over the death of a 14-year-old girl, Anais Fourneir, who died of cardia arrhythmia after drinking two Monster Energy drinks.
Last December, in a movie theater a few hours after drinking her second of two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy within a 24-hour period, Fourneir went into cardia arrest, according to the complaint. For six days, the Maryland teenager remained in a medically induced coma at John Hopkins Hospital before being taken off life support two days before Christmas.
According to the autopsy report, Fourneir died of “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity complicating mitral valve regurgitation in the setting of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.” The two, 24-oz. cans of Monster Energy that Fourneir drank in that 24-hour period contained a total of 480 milligrams of caffeine, equivalent to 14, 12-oz cans of Coke.
The wrongful death claim, filed on October 17, in California Superior Court in Riverside County, is bolstered by recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) incident reports showing that, between 2004 and June of this year, five people may have died after drinking the highly caffeinated energy drink. The FDA has been made aware of deaths and hospitalizations that may be linked to drinking the high-caffeine energy drink Monster. Aside from this evidence, Monster disputes any kinks.
According to the complaint, Monster’s fraud, deceit and failure to warn its consumers of the health risks associated with its products, “caused (Fourneir) to suffer the cardiac arrhythmia that lead to her death.”
A dollar figure for compensation was not indicated within the claim, but the suit says the family seeks to “recover all damages allowed by law for personal injuries suffered by their daughter prior to her death” as well as “all damages allowed by law as a result of the wrongful death of their daughter.”
In a statement from Monster, the corporation expressed that, “Monster is saddened by the ultimely pass of Anais Fournier, and its sympathies go out to her family.” However, Monster asserted that the company does not believe that its products were responsible for Fourneir’s death.
A wrongful death claim can be made by a deceased person’s surviving spouse, parents, or children. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is one of the most challenging and difficult part of one’s life. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, it is important to choose professional and experienced attorneys who can handle all legal aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your grief and mourning. Attorney Don Ho, LLP, is experienced in handling cases to fight for a successful result in your case.
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