Personal injury or wrongful death claims are potential options for those who have suffered because of the negligence of others. While many Oregon readers may understand that this is possible after a car accident, these claims are also possible when someone has consumed a dangerous food product and has suffered serious injury, or worse. A wrongful death claim is an appropriate legal option for the surviving family of an individual who died because of a dangerous product, such as powdered caffeine.
Powdered caffeine is a product that is popular among those who typically workout often or are very physically active. Recently, a high school student from another state passed away after consuming this powder. Caffeine powder is very potent, and dosages are even measured using a micro scale. Because of the sensitive process of measuring an accurate dosage, it is not uncommon for people to consume more of this product than is needed.
Why are products such as these sold to the public? Many caffeine powders are not regulated and may not come with proper instructions for use. Brands that do list the risks of the caffeine powder do so in fine print. Despite the risk of dangerous physical consequences, these caffeine powders are sold online through major retail sites.
These types of products may be difficult to regulate, but those in Oregon who have suffered because of the caffeine powder may have grounds to seek financial redress for physical suffering. A personal injury or wrongful death claim may be an option, depending on the underlying facts and the specific circumstances. Claims may be pursued against retailers and manufacturers, as well as other parties involved in the supply chain.
Source: indianagazette.com, "Five things to know about caffeine powder", , July 19, 2014