E-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. They are battery operated and satisfy the physical cravings associated with a smoking addiction, but are marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Unfortunately, many e-cig users have experienced unexpected injuries while using this technology. Users report a variety of experiences with e-cigarettes, including severe burns, blindness, dental damage, and scars when their devices exploded.
Problems with e-cigarettes or “vaping” were severe enough that in 2016, the FDA issued new regulatory oversight. Selling e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 became illegal and manufacturers were required to register with the FDA. The agency now has the authority to approve all previously non-regulated products that went on sale after February 15, 2007.
In response, many e-cig companies filed lawsuits against the FDA claiming the agency’s actions were unconstitutional.
E-Cigarettes Explode While in Use, Causing Burns and Other Injuries
E-cigarette manufacturers claim their product helps smokers kick their habit.
Prior to 2016, the sale of e-cigarettes was mostly unregulated by the government, leaving consumers at the mercy of the quickly growing market. After several reports of problems, the FDA stepped in and began overseeing the production, marketing, and sale of these devices.
The most recent research shows e-cigs are likely not as safe as originally believed. According to researchers, vaping expose people to harmful chemicals, some of which are known to cause lung diseases and cancer – not unlike traditional cigarettes.
There are also reports of the e-cigarette devices overheating and exploding – something that is not a concern with traditional cigarettes – and causing serious and sometimes permanent injuries to vaper’s mouths, faces, and hands.
As problems mount, more and more e-cig users are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices.
Plaintiffs claim they were injured when their devices exploded while in use. Injuries were serious, and sometimes permanent, and included severe burns, blindness, and physical and emotional scarring.
Others allege they should have been warned of the dangerous chemicals and potential long-term health risks they were being exposed to in e-cig products, such as the liquid solution added to the devices.
Those who have filed lawsuits claim they should have been warned by e-cigarette manufacturers about the potential risks associated with their products.
There are also questions about the marketing of e-cigs, which can be used with flavored e-liquid – something that is appealing to a younger audience. There are also claims e-cig companies are falsely advertising the benefits of their products.
In September 2014, the e-cigarette manufacturer Fumizer LLC was sued for falsely claiming its vaping product could be used as a cessation tool. The following April, a class action lawsuit was filed against Lorillard Tobacco Co. alleging the company was falsely advertising a specific e-cigarette brand as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Are You Eligible to File a Lawsuit against an E-Cigarette Manufacturer?
E-cigarettes users who were hurt while using their devices could be eligible to take legal action against the manufacturers. Were you burned, scarred, poisoned, or otherwise injured while using an e-cig? You might be eligible for compensation.
Furthermore, investigations are underway to determine whether or not e-cigarette companies illegally marketed their products. Compensation could be available for users of vaping devices and accessories. Some have already received compensation for their injuries.
Every case is different. If you’d like to know if you’re eligible to take legal action, contact an experienced attorney.