Vaping Leads to Rising Personal Injury Lawsuits
By Space Coast Daily // September 26, 2019
Litigations in Court Blowing Up
E-cigarettes became available as a means to curb tobacco addiction. However, vaping or the use of e-cigarettes gave birth to a new form of addiction.
Many of those who vape are not even smokers to begin with, they just got caught up in the popularity of the practice. In the last ten years, the popularity of vaping exploded, along with the batteries in the vapes.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), between 2009 and 2016, about 195 explosions and fires resulted from e-cigarettes. These explosions caused 133 injuries, 38 of which required hospitalization.
In 2016, the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle claimed to tend to 15 patients who came in with injuries from e-cigarette explosions in just nine months.
Some of the injuries include chemical burns, flame burns, and blast injuries affecting the face, groin areas, and thighs.
These injuries have led to the growing demand for personal injury attorneys who are knowledgeable about such incidents.
Litigations about vaping are not limited to those who were injured because of the explosion. Many of those cases filed in court now involve any medical conditions resulting from the addictive behavior.
Growing Number of Injuries and Fatalities from Vaping
As mentioned earlier, the use of e-cigarettes is a new addiction. The dangers of vaping are now becoming obvious. Aside from the tons of respiratory issues users get, vaping can also cause death.
In August, a person from Illinois died from the complications of severe lung injuries secondary to vaping. The Centers for Disease Control claimed that the man is only one of the 193 cases in 22 states hospitalized for lung injuries.
Health officials claim to investigate over 450 facts of vaping-related medical issues in 33 states.
The growing number of injuries related to vaping caused medical practitioners to look for answers on how vaping can cause severe lung injuries.
Their advice: stop vaping. The New York State Department of Health is looking at vitamin E acetate as the culprit behind the medical issues, as high levels were found in numerous vape products with cannabis.
This vitamin E acetate is a dietary supplement and is also used in various skincare products. However, it is potentially toxic when inhaled.
Litigations in Court Blowing Up
One of the biggest companies to receive a handful of lawsuits is Juul Labs, Inc., an e-cigarette maker. Just recently, an 18-year old athlete from Chicago was hospitalized for severe lung injury.
The teen, Adam Hergenreder, will sue the company for illegally selling nicotine-based products. The lawsuit also claimed that Hergenreder vaped for about a year and a half before he was hospitalized.
In response to the lawsuit, Juul Labs issued a statement saying, “Through shared effort, we can significantly reduce youth access to, and usage of, all vapor products, including JUUL, while at the same time ensuring that adult smokers can access a product that is helping millions of them switch from combustible cigarettes – a goal we all share.”
In Brevard County, Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking proactive actions to curb teen vaping.
Moody calls on parents to talk to their children about the dangers of e-cigarettes as part of their Back to School OAG campaign. The attorney general also launched a fact-gathering campaign about vaping.
Vaping is on the rise, and it does not show any signs of slowing down. Unfortunately, teens become addicted to vaping as its use is trivialized compared to traditional cigarettes.
Vaping, compared with smoking, is considered less harmful. Many parents have stated that they often support the vaping activities of their children.
If parents want to prevent their children from becoming addicted to vaping, they should arm themselves with the right information. Educating their children about the dangers of vaping is an excellent first step towards lowering addiction and fatalities related to vaping.
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