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Products liability claims possible for dangerous caffeine powder

Caffeine powder is a popular, but potentially harmful product. Victims of this dangerous substance could consider pursuing a products liability claim if they have been injured, and the surviving family of a deceased victim generally has a similar right to seek a monetary award for any financial losses sustained. In fact, the growing popularity of caffeine powder and the frightening consequences of its use have led lawmakers to propose a ban. Reportedly, two young people have died as a result of ingesting this product.

Virginia readers may understand that powdered caffeine is known as pure caffeine. While it is currently marketed as a supplement, only one teaspoon is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. This makes it extremely easy to overdose by using just a small amount of the product. Taking too much can result in erratic heart palpitations, vomiting, seizures and more. Despite the known risks, the product is currently easily available for online purchase. 

Virginia consumers may be at risk for overdose, illness and even death if they use this product. While the FDA is considering regulating this product, innocent consumers are still at risk in the meantime. One of the unfortunate deaths associated with this product was that of a 24-year-old man who accidentally took too much of the powder. 

When a dangerous product causes injury or death, the manufacturer or distributor may face claims for financial responsibility. For the families of the two young men who died, a products liability claim may be a viable way to seek compensation for the seemingly unnecessary deaths. Any individual harmed because of this product is fully entitled to learn about specific legal options by scheduling a case evaluation with a personal injury attorney experienced in handling these types of claims. 

Source: ctpost.com, "Lawmakers urge ban on caffeine powder", Bill Cummings, Jan. 27, 2015

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