Juul e-cigarettes are manufactured by Juul Labs. They are smoking devices shaped like USBs, and they come in a range of fruit flavors. Many adult and teen smokers have started using Juul e-cigarettes, thinking that it was safer than smoking cigarettes. These e-cigarettes were marketed as a safe way to quit smoking. However, studies have found that Juul e-cigarettes expose users to many dangerous risks, just as smoking does. The FDA has not found any e-cigarette safe and effective. In September 2019, it warned Juul for marketing its products as being safer than ordinary cigarettes. If you have suffered injuries caused by Juul products, you should consult a Boston e-cigarette injury lawyer at Naumes Law Group.Risks Posed by Juul E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that supply nicotine through a liquid converted to aerosol. They allow for cartridges or pods to be inserted. Juul e-cigarettes include nicotine salts that do not generate vapor and that can be more addictive than cigarettes. Teenagers often use e-cigarettes because of the flavors and the belief that they are less dangerous than ordinary cigarettes.
However, e-cigarette health risks include seizures, strokes, nicotine poisoning, lung problems, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. Studies show that a known ingredient of many e-cigarettes is Acrolein, which can cause irreversible lung damage. Additionally, Juul pods contain nicotine, which can injure a developing adolescent brain. One pod can include as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. People who use e-cigarettes have a higher probability of developing bronchiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung. Many Juul e-cigarette smokers have started to file lawsuits, and some state attorneys have also sued.
If you were harmed by Juul e-cigarettes, an e-cigarette injury attorney at our Boston firm can help you pursue damages by bringing a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of potential defects in products: manufacturing, design, and marketing. One potential cause of action in a lawsuit related to harm caused by e-cigarettes is failure to warn, which is a type of marketing defect. Many people are suing on the basis that the manufacturer failed to provide warnings about the dangers of Juul e-cigarettes, and they were harmed as a result.Product Liability Theories
Product liability claims in Massachusetts may be brought under theories of strict liability or negligence. To recover damages under a theory of strict liability, you will need to show an actionable defect, causation, and injuries. For example, you may need to show that Juul provided inadequate warnings about the risks of vaping, and thus you suffered irreversible lung damage. With a negligence claim, you will need to prove that the manufacturer owed a duty of care, and the manufacturer’s conduct regarding warnings, design, or manufacturing dropped below the standard of care that should have applied under the circumstances.
In some cases, it may be appropriate for a Boston e-cigarette injury attorney to pursue damages under a theory of fraud, but it is more difficult to show fraud than it is to prove negligence or strict liability. In one lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed that the manufacturer fraudulently concealed safety information about how much nicotine was delivered by Juul and how addictive the e-cigarettes are. In another lawsuit, the manufacturer was alleged to have targeted young consumers with inappropriate marketing that concealed the risks of its products.
If you can establish the manufacturer’s liability, you should be able to recover compensatory damages for the harm that you suffered. These could include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you can prove egregious conduct by the manufacturer, you may be able to obtain punitive damages.Discuss Your Options with a Product Liability Attorney
At the Naumes Law Group, our experienced attorneys can help injured consumers pursue claims based on harm caused by Juul e-cigarettes. The e-cigarette injury lawyers at our Boston firm offer the responsive representation that is usually found at small firms, while also offering the high-quality trial experience of larger firms. Our firm also represents people in Springfield, Worcester, Waltham, Watertown, Hyannis, Malden, Medford, Taunton, Peabody, Braintree, Weymouth, Quincy, Pittsfield, and Plymouth, as well as other areas of Suffolk, Middlesex, Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Worcester Counties. Call us at 844-826-8445 or contact us via our online form.