E-cigarettes have often been represented as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Unfortunately for many vape consumers, this has not turned out to be the case. The CDC officially warned the public against vaping devices after it received over 200 reports of vaping lung damage. Since that announcement, officials have uncovered thousands of additional cases. By all indications, we may be facing a serious epidemic of vaping injuries. Worse yet, it appears we are facing an addiction crisis involving America’s youth, who has fallen victim to apparent devious marketing tactics.
The respiratory problems reported in these cases are quite serious, ranging from shortness of breath to lung damage or even death, in some instances. These problems can permanently impact a victim’s health and overall wellbeing. What’s worse, the vast majority of patients diagnosed with vaping lung diseases are under the age of 35, and a significant portion of those individuals are minors.
This is partly due to the way e-cigarettes have been marketed, advertised and regulated. Because e-cigarettes do not fall under the umbrella of traditional cigarette advertising regulations, vaping companies have been allowed much more freedom to market their products. For instance, e-cigarette products have been advertised on television, a medium that is forbidden for traditional tobacco products.
The greater leniency in regulation has also affected the public’s understanding of how hazardous these products can be. There is some evidence to suggest that certain e-cigarette manufacturers marketed their products as a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, without any research or evidence to support that claim.
If you have been diagnosed with a respiratory illness or lung disease due to a vaping product you believed to be safe, it’s crucial that you understand your rights and options in your case. Here’s what our lawyers think you should know.
Vaping respiratory problems are a relatively new phenomenon, which means that experts are not exactly sure why they are occurring — or even what a victim can expect from their diagnosis. The CDC is now classifying cases like these as “lung injuries” — that is, vape usage appears to damage the lungs, rather than leading to a permanent disease as is often seen with traditional cigarettes. However, researchers are still working to uncover the precise source of these injuries and their long-term health effects.
In the cases that we do know about, there are some symptoms in common:
If you have been using e-cigarettes or other vaping products and you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor right away. A professional physician can help you get the care you need and begin documenting your injury should you be diagnosed with a vaping-related medical condition.
There is clear evidence that e-cigarettes have not been marketed or sold according to the strict regulations other tobacco manufacturers must abide by. And in some vaping lawsuits, injured victims have claimed that false advertising — in other words, messaging that positioned vaping products as medically safe — was a significant factor in their decision to use these devices. There are additional claims that vape manufacturers like JUUL have directly targeted minors in their advertising.
Therefore, there may be a case for compensation from vape manufacturers to pay for your medical bills and other losses and damages associated with your injury. A qualified Austin personal injury attorney has the resources to litigate with large corporations and hold them accountable for any negligence. A top-tier firm like FVF also follows changes in the law that can affect your case, which is especially important for vaping injury lawsuits, where legal precedents are limited.
At FVF, we understand the difficulties of managing life after a serious injury. Our goal is to present your rights and options and to help you make educated decisions about your case. We also strive to treat Austin injury victims as individuals and to handle each case with sensitivity and compassion. Here’s what we can bring to your vaping injury case:
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