Vaping using devices such as JUUL or e-cigarettes has replaced or supplemented smoking tobacco for millions of people. However, vaping is still new enough that researchers do not fully understand its potential long-term effects. Disasters such as exploding e-cigarettes, popcorn lung and a new severe pulmonary illness have already injured hundreds and taken lives. If you or someone close to you has recently suffered a JUUL vape injury, contact the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. We help e-cigarette injury victims seek justice in Kentucky.
A vape injury lawyer will understand the nuances of your case. A lawyer will know Kentucky’s product liability laws, for example, and how to use them to your advantage during a claim. Hiring one of our attorneys to represent your case can give you peace of mind during a legal battle. You can focus on recovering while we focus on fighting for a fair resolution on your behalf.
When JUUL debuted, one of the things it advertised was the amount of nicotine in its cartridges – more than twice the amount of any other e-cigarette on the market. The average JUUL cartridge contains 5% nicotine, rather than the 1% to 2.4% of other devices. Teens who vape are more than four times as likely to start smoking cigarettes within 18 months as non-vaping teens. Nicotine can have a negative impact on the developing brain, causing problems such as mood disorders, attention deficits, learning delays and reduced impulse control. Nicotine addiction and poisoning are just two of the many risks that can come with JUULing.
Despite only being around for a few years, e-cigarettes and vapes already have a history of severe physical illnesses in users. First came outbreaks of popcorn lung. Diacetyl, a chemical found in more than 75% of flavored e-cigarettes and their liquids, is the same substance that caused bronchiolitis obliterans in popcorn manufacturer workers. It has already caused popcorn lung in dozens of regular e-cigarette users.
Today, a new pulmonary illness is also causing concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 380 cases of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping. While many patients are making full recoveries, others may suffer permanent lung damage. In addition, six people have died from the vaping illness. The CDC has recommended everyone stop using vape devices until researchers learn more about what is causing the respiratory problem.
If you or someone you love has suffered any type of injury or illness related to JUULing or the use of another brand of e-cigarette, contact our firm for assistance. The e-cigarette company or another party could owe you compensation for your losses if it negligently caused or contributed to them. False advertising or illegally marketing to teens, for example, could expose a company to damage liability. If a defective battery caused your injuries, the battery manufacturer could be liable. A conversation with a Kentucky JUUL lawsuit attorney could help you understand your rights and legal options moving forward. Call (800) 337-4002 today for a free consultation.