Protecting your child’s health is one of your most important jobs as a parent. However, if your child has become addicted to nicotine or other drugs, their health and wellness may be in danger.
Vaping devices, which have become increasingly popular among minors, have been shown to play a part in teen nicotine addiction. Furthermore, some evidence indicates that vape manufacturers, like Juul, have actively designed and marketed vape products and accessories to directly target those under the legal age for smoking. For many parents and teens, the consequence has been a struggle with nicotine addiction, an elevated risk for illegal drug use, and the threat of severe injury and illness.
If your child has become addicted to a vaping device, vape manufacturers may be to blame. There is some evidence indicating not only that vaping companies have targeted younger demographics through youth-driven marketing campaigns, but also that they have misrepresented the safety of their products and their usefulness as a smoking cessation tool. Because of this, vaping-addicted minors and their parents may have a case for compensation for damages connected to vape use. If you are considering pursuing action against a vape manufacturer, here’s what you need to know.
Nicotine addiction can have serious consequences for any individual, but particularly when the user is a young adult. Nicotine use creates permanent changes in the brain, often increasing susceptibility to addiction. This is particularly true with younger users, since the cells in their brains are still developing. And of course, long-term nicotine use often leads to very serious health effects, such as cancer and heart conditions.
In some cases, vaping may also serve as a gateway to serious drug use, such as THC. Although more research is needed, vaping THC has been tentatively linked to the majority of vaping lung injuries and deaths. Because nicotine use lowers the addiction threshold, it can also be the gateway to opioid and other substance addictions as well.
A key question in youth vaping addiction cases is whether or not vaping manufacturing companies purposefully targeted underage users. Vaping companies have also been accused of misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of their products. More specifically, past and present youth vaping cases have alleged that vaping companies engaged in the following:
Proving damages in a youth vaping addiction case can be incredibly difficult. Victims in these cases often need to estimate the likely damage that an addiction will cause in the future. Without the expertise to calculate future damages and expenses, as well as their impact on a victim’s overall health and well-being, creating a successful legal strategy can be difficult.
Additionally, tackling large corporations takes skill and commitment. Vaping companies have extensive legal resources at their disposal, which means it is exceptionally challenging for individuals to manage vaping addiction cases without the expertise of a seasoned legal team.
At FVF, we have a long history of standing up for the rights of victims in Austin personal injury cases — even when those cases involve large corporate interests. We are committed to our clients’ health and well-being, and we will work with you to provide the information and expertise you need to move forward with your case and your life. More specifically, here’s what we can bring to your youth vaping addiction case.
If your child has become addicted to a vaping device, you may have grounds for compensation. Contact us now for your free consultation with one of our expert youth vaping addiction lawyers in Austin — and learn how you can protect your rights today.
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