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Popular Energy Drink Blamed for Teen's Death

Following the untimely death of a 14-year-old girl with a pre-existing heart condition, a controversial lawsuit has been filed against the makers of Monster Energy Drinks. The family of Anais Fournier, the victim that died of a cardiac arrhythmia in December of 2011, believes that the popular brand of energy drink was ultimately to blame. According to the wrongful death lawsuit that has since been filed, the young girl drank two 24-ounce Monster Energy Drinks before her heart stopped beating. Although Fournier was aware that she suffered from an underlying heart condition and that excessive amounts of caffeine could put her at risk of a complication, her parents are now arguing that the makers of the energy drink should have been required to notify consumers of the amount of caffeine that the beverage contained.

Since energy drinks fall under the category of "dietary supplements," they are not required to disclose the exact amount of caffeine that their products contain. Although Monster Beverage Corporation has since denied liability in the young girl's death, Fournier's mother stands firm in her belief that they should be held accountable for their negligent labeling. She has even contacted senators and congress people in the hope that she can "force the FDA to step up and regulate these and make the energy companies tell everything in these drinks and how much." Although it is too late to bring back the life that they have lost, the victim's family is doing everything that they can to make sure that another family does not have to endure a similar loss. There is no telling how their lawsuit will pan out, but at the very least, they are calling attention to a very serious problem-which is evident in the fact that Monster Beverage's stock value has already dropped more than 14%.

If you have been forced to suffer through the loss of a loved one under similarly negligent circumstances, it is important to realize that you have legal rights, as well. Whether the victim was killed in a drunken driving accident or they were made fatally ill by a dangerous product-just as Anais Fournier was-you should not hesitate to pursue the justice and the compensation that you are owed. As such, you should waste no time in discussing the facts of your case with a knowledgeable legal professional from our firm. Even if you are unsure of whether or not you have valid grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, you owe it to yourself and your loved one, to find out. Get started today by filling out a free case evaluation form online and submitting it to a Connecticut injury attorney at our firm.

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