Why Should You Consider Filing a Lawsuit Against Vaping Manufacturer, JUUL
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
Vaping has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and now it seems like everyone is doing it. Juul Labs, Inc. only launched in 2015, and its vape pens and other products have quickly become one of the most popular brands in the market today.
However, recent data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that e-cigarettes are the most popular form of nicotine addiction among young people in the United States. Over 2 million high school students and middle school students report using them.
Juul Labs, Inc. and other vape companies are also being sued with false advertising, selling nicotine products to minors, and failing to report lung disease cases associated with their vaping products. Juul is facing 2,339 lawsuits filed by law firms around the country in a multi-district litigation as of July 2021.
If you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, you are not alone. Juul was sued for the first time for wrongful death in October 2019 within the state of California. If you or someone you care about has suffered from any vaping-related injuries or illnesses, find out whether you should file a lawsuit against Juul by contacting an attorney at our law firm.
Vaping and its Dangers
Typically, a personal injury lawsuit begins with a medical diagnosis of lung disease or some other problem, and it’s known that vaping products come with several health risks. The American Lung Association notes that vaping products contain harmful chemicals which can cause lung disease or permanent damage to your lungs.
There have been many lawsuits claiming a wide range of health problems associated with e-cigarettes, including:
- Cardiac conditions such as heart disease and cardiac arrest
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Bronchiolitis obliterans or better known as popcorn lung
- Infections and illnesses of the lungs, heart, and respiratory systems
- Symptoms of nicotine poisoning, including seizures, blood clots, and strokes
The US Surgeon General warns that vaping may cause long-term brain damage, resulting in nicotine addiction, mood swings, and reduced impulse control in young adults.
Vaping products are also closely linked to the frequent usage of tobacco products like traditional cigarettes and may serve as a gateway to addiction.
If you or your child have concerns about specific symptoms and risks associated with the usage of vaping devices, visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Damages from Vaping Injuries and Illnesses
With a proper diagnosis of your condition, you can claim damages for the losses incurred by Juul Labs, Inc. and other vaping companies. You will have to prove in court that vaping caused significant non-economic losses to you and your child, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society and companionship
It can be very costly to manage the long-term health effects of vaping. A person who has been injured or became ill from vaping devices may be eligible for compensation for these economic losses:
- Costs of medical care
- Rehabilitative services
- Custodial services
- Incapacity to earn future wages
- Inability to find work
Liability Claims Against Juul Labs, Inc. and Other Competitors
Liability claims against Juul Labs, Inc. and other e-cigarette companies have also been combined with allegations of product liability. These companies have also been accused of using deceptive marketing practices to make it seem like e-cigarettes are safe to use.
E-cigarette lawsuits use product liability, holding Juul and other vaping companies accountable for illness or injury caused by defective products. Defective e-cigarette batteries have been known to cause fires and explosions, some of which have resulted in severe injuries. Most of the explosions happened when the e-cigarette batteries were being charged.
Proving product liability can be challenging. In 2019, vitamin E-derived oil found in cannabis products and some e-cigarette products led to 2,807 hospitalizations and 68 deaths. While this oil is not found in Juul or other popular e-cigarette brands, it is found in some cannabis products that e-cigarette users may have combined with their vaping devices. Some manufacturers may argue that a modification or addition made by the user caused the illness, not by the product itself.
Deceitful marketing practices
The apparent reduction of the effects of the nicotine salt found in Juul Labs, Inc. products makes it appealing to users of e-cigarettes, especially among adult smokers who may find it hard to quit smoking. However, Juul Labs, Inc. Labs has been accused of using deceptive marketing practices by claiming their products are safer than cigarettes when, in actuality, they are just as dangerous.
In 2021, the FDA permitted the marketing of three new electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products, claiming they are less appealing to young people. The marketing will be restricted heavily to reduce exposure to younger audiences. Adult smokers who switch entirely to ENDS or significantly reduce their smoking could also benefit from the FDA’s regulation of these products. In addition, they have prohibited marketing for flavor products without demonstrating that they are appropriate for protecting public health.
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Vape companies may be liable for injuries and illnesses you or your child experience when using vaping devices, including Juul products. An attorney can guide you through the steps to suing one of these companies and representing you in court if needed.
Our attorneys at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates P.C. focus on helping those injured by vaping get fair compensation. Using her background as a registered nurse, our senior partner, Eileen Kroll, is knowledgeable about the adverse effects of vaping and how the manufacturers’ negligence contributed to these issues.
Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 866-MICH-LAW and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.
Could I file a personal injury lawsuit if it has been years since I’ve used any Juul products?
Usually, the three-year personal injury statute of limitations starts on the date of an accident. However, if you discover your injuries later or did not start developing health problems until much later on, the statute of limitations begins on the discovery date.
What else do I need to prove my injuries or illness was caused by vaping products?
In addition to medical records and bills from your injury, you can include receipts or other documents that show how purchasing Juul’s products affected you. Photos or video evidence of you using them before your injuries could be helpful as well.
Will my lawsuit be part of the multi-district litigation?
Your vape injury lawsuits will likely be part of the MDL or Multi-District Litigation in which each plaintiff receives a settlement determined by the specifics of their injuries. In this manner, many claims against the same company, all linked to the same hazardous product, are processed much more efficiently to help you get compensation.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.