With the rise in vaping among adults and teens, reports of injuries are increasing. Licatesi Law Group, LLP, with offices in Garden City and Brooklyn, is dedicated to representing victims injured by e-cigarettes — products that have gone largely unregulated for more than a decade. Our seasoned personal injury lawyers are experienced in many areas of products liability and believe negligent manufacturers should be held accountable. If you or your teenager has been sickened by vaping, we can help you navigate this evolving area of the law to help you seek compensation.
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Vaping is the act of inhaling the vapor or aerosol from a vape pen or e-cigarette. Chemicals in e-cigarettes may include nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives. (THC and CBD are naturally present in marijuana; THC is the psychoactive compound that produces a high). E-cigarettes with nicotine may deliver it in higher doses than traditional cigarettes do, making them highly addictive.
Major manufacturers, such as Juul, have successfully marketed their products to teenagers and young adults, designing sleek cases and including pods containing flavors such as “cool mint,” and “fruit medley.” A recent white paper reviewed Juul’s early marketing and found that the company clearly targeted young people with ads featuring attractive teens vaping from colorful Juul e-cigarettes.
Injuries from vaping may result from faulty e-cigarette batteries, which have exploded and caused mouth and hand burns. But even properly functioning e-cigarettes have been associated with severe lung illnesses, whose causes authorities are still trying to understand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have begun monitoring lung injuries associated with vaping, calling the rise in injuries an outbreak. As of October 2019, the CDC had identified 1,299 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes and 26 deaths in 21 states. If you or a family member has been sickened by vaping, our personal injury attorneys can draw on our vast products liability experience to hold manufacturers accountable. When you file a claim in an uncharted product area, you want legal help from seasoned, knowledgeable litigators who will stand up to corporate interests on behalf of clients like you.
Licatesi Law Group, LLP has been closely following the serious lung illnesses related to vaping. We will put our more than 40 years of personal injury and products liability experience to work on your behalf if e-cigarettes have made you ill. Call 516-227-2662 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Brooklyn or Garden City office.
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