The dangers of e-cigarettes are coming to light as individuals who smoke them are suffering the health consequences. While many thought e-cigarettes were a healthier alternative to smoking real cigarettes, e-cigarettes have been found to be just as harmful and addicting with higher concentrations of nicotine. The users of electronic cigarettes are predominantly younger and include many between the age of 18 and 34. Many of the discussed illnesses caused by vaping result in patients younger than age 25.
At Jacoby & Meyers, we pursue the manufacturers of e-cigarettes legally to obtain compensation for our injured clients who were harmed as a result of their e-cigarette use. Without adequate warnings, the manufacturers and producers of these products are placing society's youth and users at risk. There have been many incidents of battery explosions of the lithium-ion battery as a result of overheating, which leads to fire. The battery can overheat as a result of various defects including but not limited to external damage, a manufacturing defect or a short circuit. Contact the law offices of Jacoby & Meyers to hire an experienced product liability attorney. We have the credentials and knowledge to carry your case to fruition and a positive settlement, where the criteria for a successful product defect claim are met under California law.
Types of E-Cigarettes and Vaping
E-cigarettes can come in many shapes, sizes or different forms. The unifying commonality is that it is a battery-operated device intended to replicate a tobacco product without producing the actual smoke. Pens, pipes, cigars, and USB flash drives can all deliver the vapor through a mouthpiece. E-cigarettes can come in the following forms and also satisfy legal requirements for a product liability case:
- alternative nicotine delivery systems
- vape pens
- electronic nicotine delivery systems
Dangerous Injuries that Result from E-Cigarette Explosions or Burns
Lawsuits for vaping and exposure to e-cigarettes and/or their explosions may include allgations of health consequences such as a seizure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, traumatic brain injury, eye injury, lacerations, lost teeth, second or third degree burns.
Future Health Risks for Electronic Cigarette Users
The potential for death and hospitalzation as a result of vaping also exists. The following conditions have been alleged to result from vaping:
- COPD which is a lung/respiratory disorder
- Eosinophilic Pneumonia
- Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
- Wrongful Death
Statistics Related to Burn Injuries and Electronic Cigarette Explosions
One study found that between the years of 2015 and 2017, approximately 2035 patients went to as US hospital emergency room for their burn injuries and a result of an electronic cigarette explosion. Rossheim ME, Livingston MD, Soule EK, et al Electronic cigarette explosion and burn injuries, US Emergency Departments 2015–2017 Tobacco Control 2019;28:472-474