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 1080 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 48 states. Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states. All patients reported a history using an e-cigarette or vaping products. Most reported a history of using products containing THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.
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.