BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Personal Injury
The explosive growth of “vaping” and the use of e-cigarettes like JUUL, especially among youths who are not legally permitted to purchase or use these products, seems to have caught public health officials, regulators, and legislators off-guard. The number of young adults aged 18 to 21 who tried JUUL increased more than 400 percent from July 2017 to October 2018, and e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among American teens.
But these products, falsely marketed by e-cigarette manufacturers as a “safer” alternative to cigarettes and unregulated and under-scrutinized for so long, are now causing severe illnesses, injuries, and deaths among minors and adults alike. Just this year, reports of respiratory failure, seizures, other health problems, and fatalities have skyrocketed – including the first vaping-related death in Michigan in early October 2019. Finally, as the damage piles up, government officials are calling for investigations and bans, retailers are removing e-cigarettes from their shelves, and those hurt by these products are filing lawsuits against JUUL and other e-cigarette companies for the harm they continue to inflict.
Sommers Schwartz, a nationally recognized personal injury and class action law firm, is among the firms investigating and pursuing JUUL and e-cigarette injury, illness, and wrongful death claims on behalf of individuals and families who fell victim to these dangerous and deceptively marketed products.
In early 2019, reports began regularly pouring in about “mysterious” illnesses connected to e-cigarette use and vaping, including cases of minors and adults hospitalized for severe respiratory problems and seizures.
To date, a wide range of illnesses and injuries have been associated with the use of JUUL and other e-cigarettes, including:
As of early October 2019, the CDC reported 1,080 probable cases of vaping-related illnesses across 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 18 confirmed deaths related to e-cigarette use. The CDC has said that the number of vaping cases are rising at a “brisk pace” and involve “really serious injuries.”
As researchers urgently seek to identify the underlying cause of vaping-related injuries and deaths, further study may reveal even more health problems related to these products. Federal, state, and local officials are urging people to stop vaping and acting to restrict the availability of certain e-cigarette products, particularly flavored e-cigarettes, that many accuse manufacturers of purposefully and illegally marketing to minors.
Along with deceptive marketing designed to hook youths on nicotine, the proliferation of severe e-cigarette injuries has led to the filing of hundreds of lawsuits throughout the U.S. against e-cigarette companies, including JUUL. The suits accuse these companies of aggressively marketing their products to minors and failing to warn them of the products’ highly addictive levels of nicotine and other health dangers.
If you or your child is suffering from health problems after vaping or using JUUL and other e-cigarettes, you may have a claim for compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Sommers Schwartz are meeting with individuals and families who have experienced illness, injury, or death because of these dangerous products. We will aggressively pursue all claims and seek the compensation and justice that our clients deserve.
Please contact us to arrange for your free initial consultation.
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.