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From energy drinks to pills, caffeine is found in countless products in West Virginia and throughout the country. It is not uncommon for teens and young adults to use these “dietary supplements” and “energy boosters” in order to stay awake and cram for exams or to boost their performance on the sports field. Unfortunately, these drinks and pills could potentially contain excessive amounts of caffeine that could cause fatal injuries. Manufacturers are quick to dismiss the allegations that these types of products are dangerous, but a family from another state begs to differ after the alleged wrongful death of its son.

The parents of a 17-year-old boy have recently filed a lawsuit against A&Z Pharmaceutical Inc. for making, marketing and selling defective pills to children. The boy reportedly called his father after taking the pills and told him that he was having trouble thinking straight and that his heart was racing. He collapsed while on the phone with his father and was unresponsive by the time medical professionals arrived. The autopsy done on the boy after his death stated that the cause of death was a fatal cardiac arrhythmia that was caused by the ingestion of caffeine tablets.

The parents claim in their lawsuit that the company failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the possible dangers of the caffeine pills. The lawsuit says that the company should have been aware or, even, was aware of the adverse effects that the caffeine tablets could have on consumers and failed to ensure the public was aware of such dangers. As a result of the company’s failure to provide appropriate warnings, the boy allegedly lost his life.

West Virginia individuals who have had to suffer the loss of a loved one under similar circumstances have legal rights. It may be possible to file a wrongful death claim that will hold the accountable party responsible for his or her negligent actions. With successful litigation, the lawsuit can provide victims with a sense of justice and compensation.

Source: courthousenews.com, “Family Claims Caffeine Tablets Killed Son”, Erik De La Garza, Jan. 19, 2016