The family of a 19-year-old who allegedly died as a result of consuming an energy drink has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. According to CNBC, Alex Morris died of cardiac arrest on July 1, 2012, and his family claims that he had drunk at least 32 ounces of Monster's energy beverage the previous day.

So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't taken any significant actions against Monster, though the federal agency states on its website that it has initiated an ongoing investigation into the potential hazards related to the company's to energy drinks, reports the source. 

"Consumers need to know that these energy drinks can be dangerous, and even lethal, especially to young people and people with heart problems," said Alexander Wheeler, the attorney representing the victim's family, in a press statement. "It's especially important that consumers learn about these risks because the energy drink companies do not put appropriate warnings on the cans or their advertisements telling people about these dangers."

Monster alleges, however, that there is no causal relationship between Morris's death and his consumption of the beverage, and indicated that there is no "factual basis" for the allegation.

If one of your family members has died as a result of a business's negligent behavior and you live in Missouri, consider finding a personal injury lawyer that will work hard on your behalf. These experienced and locally based professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages you may be entitled to.