E-cigarette-related lung illnesses are plaguing people throughout the United States, causing several deaths and other complex health issues. These illnesses have one thing in common—they developed because the patient used e-cigarettes. As experts work to sort out the “hows” and “whys,” countless injured e-cig users are left to deal with the aftermath of these dangerous products. The outrage over this deadly epidemic is palpable and the injustice of the situation is clear—isn’t it?
If you are one of the many people harmed by e-cigarette use, or if someone you love lost their life due to an e-cig-related complication, make sure you know your rights. Victims of dangerous and defective products have a right to take legal action against the liable party, and the e-cigarette problem is no exception. However, determining your rights and planning your next step after a serious injury or illness can be challenging.
Understanding the Problem: E-Cig Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been tracking the outbreak of e-cigarette-related injuries since the incident began. Although the numbers are constantly growing, there were 1,888 reported injuries and 37 deaths related to e-cigarette use as of October 29, 2019. Neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the CDC have identified the definitive cause of these illnesses.
E-cigarette use can case several negative side effects, some of the most concerning being:
- Lung injuries and disease
- High blood pressure
- Stunted brain development in adolescents
- Behavioral changes
Some speculate that there may have been a contamination issue that affected some of the e-cigarette pods or cartridges, while others maintain that a singular ingredient is to blame, but neither explanation has been confirmed.
Who Could Be Liable
Although the exact reason for these lung injuries hasn’t yet been confirmed, e-cigarette manufacturers may still be liable for the damage caused by their dangerous products. JUUL Labs Inc., for instance, is the largest distributor of e-cigarette products in the United States, and sells about 75% of all e-cigs on the market. Although other companies might also shoulder some blame, JUUL has already faced several lawsuits for misleading advertisements, marketing to children and teens, and for distributing dangerous products. One of the most recent lawsuits alleges that the company knowingly distributing $1 million contaminated nicotine e-cig pods to consumers.
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If you were harmed by e-cigarette use, you may be eligible to take legal action against the liable party. Our team at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin is passionate about advocating for the rights of the wrongfully injured, and we want to help those negatively affected by the e-cigarette industry. While teens and young adults are more susceptible to several of the negative side effects, including brain development issues and seizure disorders, the CDC’s research proves that anyone could be susceptible to life-threatening e-cig injuries. If you or someone you love became ill because of e-cigarette use, we can help.
Contact Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin today to discuss your potential case with our experienced attorneys.