Vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes, can result in serious injuries, including lung damage and burn injuries. Serious lung damage, such as pulmonary disease, is often irreversible. Our product liability attorneys represent victims of vape-related explosion injuries and vape-related lung injuries. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars for clients harmed by defective products.
If you were diagnosed with a lung illness after using a vape product, you may have a claim against the manufacturers of the device, e-liquid, refill pods, or cartridges. If your family suffered the loss of a loved one due to a vape-related lung injury, you may be able to sue for wrongful death. Filing a lawsuit can help you seek compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses such as X-rays and MRI’s
- Hospital stays
- Doctor visits
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Future healthcare expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages
National Lung Disease Outbreak
The CDC, along with the FDA and state health departments, identified at least 450 possible cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping, or e-cigarette use. Most of the cases involve adolescents and young adults. Cases were reported between June 28th and August 20th in the following states: AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Five deaths were reported in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon. The middle-aged adult who died in Oregon used an e-cigarette with marijuana oil from a legal dispensary.
Patients reported a gradual onset of symptoms that resemble a common infection, which runs the risk of delayed diagnosis. Reported symptoms have included:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Gastrointestinal illness
The CDC is working with the FDA and state health departments to link the cases to a common ingredient, e-liquid, device, or purchase method. Right now, the link between the cases is that all of the patients reported using nicotine or marijuana-based vaping products.
Mysterious Lung Disease Linked to Vaping in 2015
A team of doctors at a West Virginia hospital saw the link between lung disease and vaping four years ago. In 2015, a 31-year-old female was admitted for acute respiratory problems with “classic” symptoms of what is now known as vaping-associated lung disease. Soon after, she became so sick that she needed intubation. After suspecting that vaping caused her mysterious lung illness, the doctors published a case report to alert the medical community.