If you or your child were injured or experienced adverse effects from using Juul, do not hesitate to contact Mass Tort Alliance immediately to learn about your legal options. You might be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer or seller of the Juul products you used.
Juul has been a popular vaping device for many years. Its sleek and compact design allows users to carry it in their pockets. Unlike other e-cigarette products, it also doesn’t produce as much vapor. Many people can use it in public places without others noticing.
Unfortunately, Juul has faced backlash like other vaping products for the injuries and medical conditions it has been said to cause. Although marketed as “safer” than cigarettes, studies have shown it can lead to lung damage, respiratory issues, and other health problems. It is also linked to increased use among teenagers and other young children. Unfortunately, minors don’t know about the risks they take when using e-cigarettes and can become addicted. Many suffer serious adverse effects as a result.
Mass Tort Alliance can connect you with an experienced lawyer to represent you in your case and pursue the compensation you deserve. You should not be forced to pay for your medical and other related expenses when the manufacturer is responsible for your injuries. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.
Juul Labs Inc. first introduced its electronic cigarette brand in 2015. The manufacturer initially marketed Juul as being a safer alternative to smoking. However, one cartridge contains as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.
Juul works by heating a liquid when the user sucks on the cartridge. The user then inhales the vapor it creates. The device looks like a USB flash drive and can fit in the palm of your hand, unlike the bulky designs of other e-cigarettes. This has made it a popular choice for current and former smokers.
Cartridges used to come in multiple flavors. However, reports that these dessert and fruit-inspired flavors targeted young people, particularly teenagers, resulted in the manufacturer discontinuing most of its JUULpods. Now they only sell Menthol and Virginia Tobacco cartridges.
Despite this change, children still use Juul. It’s much smaller than most e-cigarettes. That makes them easier to hide from parents and teachers. Although the manufacturer denied marketing its product to teens, it’s hard to ignore the fact that it seems like a popular choice among the younger generation.
The risks people take when using vapes like Juul are similar to the risks inherent in smoking cigarettes. The most common side effects of Juul include:
These symptoms are typical in first-time e-cigarette users. Most people get used to vaping and eventually stop experiencing adverse effects. However, long-term use has been associated with various complications.
E-liquids contain nicotine and other harmful substances, such as carbonyl compounds, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds. When inhaled, they can reach a person’s lungs and cause tissue inflammation and scarring. Over time, exposure to the ultra-fine particles increases the risk of complications, such as:
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating nicotine products, they’re still learning of the dangers associated with e-cigarettes. It wasn’t until recently that the public found out about the risk of developing e-cigarette, or vaping, product-use-associated lung injury (EVALI), also called “popcorn lung.”
It happens while breathing in the chemicals contained in e-cigarettes. They make their way into the bronchioles, the smallest airways in the lungs, and cause narrowing and scarring. This prevents the lungs from getting the air they need to function correctly.
In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports from every state, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, regarding 2,807 hospitalizations or deaths associated with EVALI. Laboratory testing identified a link between these cases and vitamin E acetate, the additive in vaping products containing THC.
Teenagers seemed to be the age group most affected by EVALI. Minors often purchased e-liquids from manufacturers and sellers that added vitamin E acetate to their products. The teens didn’t realize the lack of regulations on vaping and the harm they could suffer by purchasing products from these companies. Additionally, many children were unaware of the risks they faced from inhaling vaping products containing THC.
Despite the requirement for manufacturers to submit a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) to sell e-cigarettes legally, the FDA failed to enforce this for many years. However, a new court ruling required all manufacturers to submit an application by September 9, 2020, for their products, e-liquids, and components if they wished to remain on the market.
Juul Labs is one of the manufacturers that submitted a PMTA to the FDA. It included scientific evidence supporting its JUULpods, flavors, and nicotine concentrations. The company also developed a research program to show the benefits of its products and the potential for reducing harm suffered by cigarette smokers that switch to Juul.
The FDA must review all applications and determine if they approve or deny these requests. Any company with a rejected PMTA must remove its products from the market immediately. If they don’t, they could face enforcement by the FDA.
You could file a lawsuit against the Juul manufacturer if you or your child suffered a vaping-related injury or illness. Multiple losses are expected in situations like this. If you required medical treatment, you probably incurred a range of costs.
Most people can’t afford to pay out of pocket for hospitalization, prescription drugs, and other expenses. The manufacturer should be held liable and provide the compensation you need to cover your total losses.
The losses you may be eligible to obtain compensation for in Juul lawsuits can include:
You might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one died from an injury or illness caused by Juul products. The compensation you receive could cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and other losses due to the death.
There have been 2,339 lawsuits filed against Juul Labs as of July 15, 2021. Many plaintiffs claimed that the manufacturer marketed its products to minors, although a spokesperson has denied these allegations.
In 2018, North Carolina started investigating Juul products and ended up filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer in 2019. The state claimed that the company used design, marketing, and sales efforts to appeal to minors.
Recently, Juul Labs agreed to a $40 million settlement in the North Carolina lawsuit. The terms require the company to use the money to fund research, prevent addiction, and help people quit using e-cigarettes. In the past, sponsored events, social media influencers, and marketing campaigns seemed to target people under 21 years old. Juul promised to change how it markets its products, so children aren’t tempted to start vaping.
At Mass Tort Alliance, we dedicate our time and effort to every client. We understand how traumatic this experience has been. When you’re injured and struggling to recover, you don’t want to take on the responsibility of a legal case. We can relieve your burden by handling every aspect of the process on your behalf.
It is important that you receive the representation you need to hold the Juul manufacturer liable for their actions. We can connect you with the right lawyer who can file a lawsuit on your behalf, gather all available evidence, and fight for the maximum compensation possible.
With our 24/7 availability, you can reach us when you need us the most. We believe in providing dependable customer service to those in need. You can call us any time, day or night, to discuss your case and receive the guidance and support necessary to get through this challenging time in your life.
We offer a free case evaluation for those interested in discussing their legal options after suffering a Juul-related injury or illness. We can review the details of the incident and determine the right strategy to try to meet your needs and achieve your desired outcome.
You should not suffer the consequences of the manufacturer’s negligence. They should be held accountable for what they have done and pay the money you’re owed to afford your medical treatment and other costs.
You will not be alone during this devastating ordeal. We will remain in your corner to advocate for your rights and help you fight for justice. We care about our clients and approach each person with compassion and care. You will be our top priority as we determine the correct approach to recover the compensation you deserve so you’re not left with any expenses to pay for yourself.
If you or your child sustained an injury or illness associated with a Juul product, contact Mass Tort Alliance now for your free case evaluation.