In October of last year, a man suffered a brain hemorrhage that his wife claims was caused by excessive energy drink consumption. The doctors, the woman claims, blamed the energy drinks after running a toxicology and drug report. The injured patient had to go through extensive surgery, losing part of his skull and a great deal of every day skill sets due to swelling in the brain. It has been documented that energy drinks can cause heart palpitations and are particularly dangerous to mix with alcohol. However, this injury is far more severe. Can energy drinks really cause brain hemorrhages?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the large amount of caffeine found in energy drinks can cause anxiety, sleep disruption, and digestive problems. They can also cause blood pressure, blood flow, and hearth rhythm issues. In the case of the man who suffered a brain hemorrhage, it is theorized that due to over-consumption of energy drinks, the victim’s blood pressure may have risen. This could have increased the risk of and caused the hemorrhage. In the drinks the man consumed, doctors noted an additional ingredient similar to amphetamines and others known to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system.
The victim survived his injuries and continues his long journey towards recovery. However, some folks are not so lucky. Energy drinks have been blamed for several deaths, including a teenage boy who was reported to have drunk too much caffeine too quickly, causing his heart to go into cardiac arrest. Further, 5 Hour Energy came under fire for 13 death cases linked to their energy drink. It’s not just the ingredients in the can but also how much is being consumed in one sitting. Keep this in mind before you drink that second Red Bull.
When it comes to injuries caused by energy drinks, many people don’t know where to turn for help. The lawyers at Goldwater Law Firm have the knowledge and experience you need to help file your personal injury case. Contact us today.