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Caffeine Presents A Serious Health Risk To Children


On May 16th, the Washington Post reported that a teenage boy named Davis Cripe died from a caffeine overdose after chugging a Mountain Dew, a Latte, and an energy drink. The high volume of caffeine caused his heart to stop, leading to his death. Sadly this is not the first caffeine related death among pediatrics. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned parents against allowing children and adolescents to consume caffeine. Energy drink manufacturers have also warned that caffeine is not recommended for children. While the FDA recommends that even adults should avoid consuming more than 400 mg of caffeine per day because of the health risks.

Understanding Caffeine Overdose

The side effects of too much caffeine are pretty well known. People are usually shaky, anxious, and uneasy when they consumer too much caffeine. However, there are other less known symptoms to look out for if you are concerned about a caffeine overdose including:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Muscle twitching
  • Vomiting

It is reported that Cripe felt light-headed and dizzy. Until he passed out, his symptoms were mild are hard to recognize as a real threat until it was too late. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or someone else after consuming caffeine, even if they are mild, you need to call 911 immediately.

Will Cripe’s Family Be Able To Sure For Wrongful Death?

Cripe’s death from caffeine overdose will fall under product liability laws. If the products he consumed were improperly labeled or defective in some way, his family may have a case. However, the product manufacturer does have defenses against product liability claims. If they adequately warned the consumer about the dangers of consuming caffeine or it can be proven that the consumer engaged in risk behavior despite manufacturer warnings, they may not be able to win a suit. However, since Cripe was a minor child, there is a chance his family may be able to bring a lawsuit against the product manufacturers, especially since there are rarely warnings against the consumption of caffeine when a minor child.

How Will A Lawyer Determine If The Cripe Family Has A Case

An experienced personal injury attorney will evaluate the product liability claim to see if there is a case. They will review the medical records of Cripe’s death and evaluate the adequacy of the product warnings on all three of the consumed products. Then they will consult with a technical and medical expert and review state laws. Caffeine overdose product liability claims also have very strict legal deadlines, so the family and lawyer would have to act quickly in order to bring a wrongful death suit for Cripe’s overdose.

Caffeine Overdose Damages

Nothing will ever be able to ease the pain of loss of their child. However, the family may receive compensation for the medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of family member if they can prove a product liability case. The potential damages will depend entirely on how strong of a wrongful death case can be made and what the specific limits for caffeine overdose compensation are in South Carolina where his death occurred.

Caffeine overdose and other product liability cases are very complicated. You have to prove that the injury or death was a direct result of manufacturer’s negligence. In a case like Cripe’s, it may be possible. However, they will need to consult with a knowledgeable attorney.

When it comes to product liability cases, you do not want to tackle them on your own. Between battling with insurance companies, trying to prove fault, and the stress and grief of loss, getting fair compensation for damages can be overwhelming. At , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, & Walsh we understand how complex the legalities of product liability cases are and have over 150 years of helping Florida residents with wrongful death suits. So if you or your family member has an experience similar to Cripe’s, you should give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case and see if we can help make sure you get the fair compensation you deserve.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Caffeine Presents A Serious Health Risk To Children

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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