|UPDATE: A seventh vaping-related death was reported in California.
Provost Umphrey is currently taking cases for those harmed by e-cigarette manufacturers. E-cigarettes have been linked to 380 cases of lung illness in 36 states with seven confirmed vaping-related deaths. Lawsuits claim that users are suffering from seizures, serious lung disease, strokes, and in some cases, death. JUUL, and other e-cigarette manufacturers, advertise that their vaping devices are a safer alternative to smoking. The law clearly states before advertising a tobacco product as a reduced risk, companies must conduct extensive research with scientific evidence confirming that the product is less of a risk. As more medical cases surface and investigations continue, the FDA and CDC are encouraging the public to refrain from using vaping products.
The Dangers of E-Cigarettes
E-Cigarette devices deliver an aerosol to the user with heated liquid. These liquids are usually candy-flavored. Some liquids contain nicotine, which is derived from tobacco and is addictive. Aside from nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain other harmful ingredients such as heavy metals (nickel, tin, and lead), the chemical diacetyl linked to serious lung disease, smalls particles that can be inhaled, and volatile organic compounds.
Many users experiencing health problems have reported using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain the high-inducing chemical found in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
What is even more alarming is the explosive popularity of e-cigarettes among young adults, including high school students. According to a 2018 government survey, 21 percent of high school seniors had vaped within the past 30 days of the survey. This was a large jump compared to 11 percent found the previous year.
Symptoms Experienced by Vape Users
Patients whose illnesses are being investigated by the CDC have reported the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
After symptoms for lung illnesses are treated, doctors are still unsure if individuals with vaping injuries will make a full recovery or will continue to suffer from chronic lung damage. Those experiencing these symptoms were otherwise healthy individuals.
What You Can Do
Our personal injury lawyers have experience in e-cigarette litigation and have secured millions in product liability cases. If you or someone you know has been harmed by the negative side effects of e-cigarettes, including exploding battery injuries, you could be entitled to compensation.
We provide our clients with a guarantee that you will not owe us anything if we are unable to secure financial compensation for your suffering. All the case information you provide our firm will remain confidential.
If you have been diagnosed with a lung illness or have lost a loved one due to the dangers of e-cigarette usage, contact us today at (888) 588-1695 for a free case evaluation. Our board-certified personal injury trial lawyers will work to get you the justice you deserve.