Product Liability Lawsuits Arise from Injuries Caused By Vaping Defects
Smokers and non-smokers alike have embraced the vaporized cigarette craze, and vaping devices are readily available anywhere around the country. Sold in gas stations, specialty stores, and online, the devices promise a smokeless experience that can be enjoyed in places where smoking is otherwise not allowed, with claims of reducing the number and amount of potential toxins found in traditional cigarettes. While these products may seem harmful enough, there have been increasing numbers of people claiming serious injuries due to the devices themselves, and those injured have begun holding manufacturers and retailers responsible through product liability lawsuits. The following is important information about vaping and the potential dangers, as well as what you can do if you are injured by a defective device.
Vaping Defects and Injuries
While e-cigarettes and vaporizers may seem to be a safer alternative to traditional tobacco use, increasing numbers of complaints and injuries caused by defects within the products themselves have raised concerns, both among consumers as well as government agencies. According to a July 2016 report in the Wall Street Journal, increasing numbers of people who engage in vaping are reporting serious and potentially permanent injuries while using the devices. The problem seems to center on the lithium ion battery contained within the device—the same type of battery blamed as being responsible for hoverboard explosions. Injuries resulting from vaporizer battery explosions include:
- Burns on the hands, face, and body
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Eye, nose, and throat injuries
- Dental problems, including chipped and broken teeth
These injuries can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement, while severe cases have the potential to be disabling and even life threatening.
Manufacturers Facing Product Liability Lawsuits
According to the Wall Street Journal report, dozens of lawsuits have already been filed in vaporizer injury cases in states such as Florida, California, and New York. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently launched a new online tool to report problems with vaporizers, cigarettes, and other smoking products and accessories, such as burn injuries, adverse reactions, and any other problems users might experience with these products.
Under South Carolina product liability laws, if you have been injured as the result of a defective product you may be able to hold the seller of that product responsible for damages. The types of compensation you may be entitled to include the cost of any medical care and treatment you require, lost wages and earnings due to your injuries, as well as compensation for pain, suffering, and any disfigurement or disability caused by the product.
Find Help Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as the result of a dangerous or defective product, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced product liability attorneys provide the kind of aggressive legal representation you need to help you get the compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.