I still remember my accident like it was yesterday. One minute I was driving my daughter to school and the next I was waking up in a hospital bed. It was frustrating to deal with the emotional trauma of forgetting an entire week of my life, in addition to stressing about my small child. Fortunately, we were both able to recover, but it wasn't easy walking dealing with the medical bills that accompanied the accident. I found myself struggling with things as simple as answering the phone, because I was nervous about dealing with another insurance adjuster. Fortunately, by working with a lawyer, I was able to make sense of my situation. I know that you can overcome difficult challenges too, which is why I shared my story on this website.
How much caffeine would it take to kill you? Most people don't know. In fact, many people don't realize that caffeine toxicity can kill, which is what makes readily-available high-powered caffeine products, like powdered caffeine and caffeine pills, so dangerous. If someone you love is killed due to caffeine toxicity, can you sue? This is what you should know.
Advertising is often deceptive about the dangers.
Some caffeine pills are marketed as being as "safe as coffee," but that's hardly true when the caffeine content of coffee is a mere 95mg-200mg per cup (depending on the strength of the brew and the size of your cup), compared to a possible 4800mg in one "maximum strength" caffeine pill. In addition, when most people drink coffee, the caffeine hits your system slowly with each sip. When you take a caffeine pill, your body is absorbing the whole dose pretty much at the same time.
Caffeine powders, which are popular among bodybuilders, are labeled as dietary supplements and sold online. Unlike other forms of caffeine, the powder is unregulated by the FDA. At least one lawsuit is already pending due to an Ohio teen's death after using powdered caffeine. The suit alleges that neither the product's manufacturer nor the retailer that sold the product carried appropriate warnings of the dangers of consuming excess caffeine.
Liability is based on negligence and the defective product.
You can hold the manufacturer liable for its negligence in making and selling a product that is defective due to its inherently dangerous nature. Manufacturers have a responsibility not to put overly dangerous items into the market without regard to consumer safety. In many jurisdictions, retailers may also be held responsible for selling a dangerous product without appropriate cautions.
What exactly makes a product like caffeine pills or caffeine powders defective if they're doing what they're designed to do? Most likely, a lawsuit centering on one of these products would focus on the defects in its design or its warnings.
A lawsuit focused on a defect in design would allege that a product is unreasonably dangerous and could have been designed in such a way that it would still perform its intended function without exposing consumers to unnecessary risks. For example, caffeine pills could be designed with an extended-release formula, which would prevent a large dose from getting into someone's system too quickly.
A lawsuit focused on a defect in warning concerns itself with whether or not adequate warnings of potential harm were issued with the product. In other words, were any hidden dangers addressed? Were instructions given for the product's proper use. For example, the caffeine powder could be sold with dosing instructions that were based on weight and warnings about caffeine toxicity.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the consumption of high-powered caffeine products that weren't adequately labeled, talk to a personal injury lawyer today.