Juul pods are forms of electronic cigarettes, or vape pens/vapes, that use vapor instead of straight tobacco. They are touted as safer alternatives to cigarettes and cigars, and they come in various forms of flavors. The primary reason that the company’s products caught on is not because of the substitutive nature or because of the taste of the vapes – the marketing scheme for the products was directly aimed at younger individuals, specifically the 18-24 demographic, who are more likely to purchase items that are not cigarettes due to negative stigmas. Because the vapes were touted as safe, teenagers and young individuals flocked to them. Now, addiction has run rampant, and many other users have reported injuries due to vape pens becoming defective, short circuiting, or even exploding. Our team of expert lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group can help you if the false advertising of Juul negatively impacted your health.
How do Juul electronic cigarettes work?
Juul electronic cigarettes are essentially small tubes that allow users to inhale from a pod of nicotine salts. This highly concentrated pod contains about as much nicotine as a singular pack of cigarettes. A cloud of vapor is released when the e-cig is smoked. Each pod contains about 200 puffs or inhales.
What are the potential risks of using Juul vapes?
There are numerous risks associated with Juul vape pens and high nicotine consumption. As with any consumption of nicotine, the risks to the pulmonary system are quite high. Your heart and lung functions may deteriorate over time, and because these products are still relatively new, the full extent of long term damages is not entirely known. However, short term damages from recent studies have shown that many individuals suffer early signs of permanent damage. As time continues, we will no doubt see the types of injuries expand and the damages increase. Some of the common risks and injuries associated with using Juul e-cigarettes include:
- Pulmonary troubles
- Decreased heart function
- Heart disease
- Collapsed lungs
- Lung damage
- Nicotine addiction
- Elevated blood pressure
- Popcorn lung
- Brain bleeding
If you suffered any of these damages as a result of using Juul e-cigarettes, you should get medical help and approach and attorney for legal assistance. These damages may take months or years to heal, if they ever do. The wisest choice you can make is to quit using nicotine-based products like Juul immediately.
Deceptive Marketing by Juul
The primary cause for a lawsuit against Juul lies in their deceptive marketing schemes. In many locations in the country, cigarettes and tobacco products cannot be purchased by individuals under the age of 18 (19 in some areas). The Juul marketing team deliberately created advertisements, spots, commercials, and more to lure in a young crowd. The stigma surrounding regular tobacco cigarettes has caused many young individuals to be turned off by them, and the attractive look of vapor clouds and the alleged great taste of various flavors made Juul vape pens a must-have. Young models were also used in their advertising spots. The company argued that it was marketing towards older users over the age of 35 who wanted to quit cigarettes; recent advertising has caused it to be viewed as more of a switching product instead of a primary use product.
The company claimed that using Juul e-cigarettes was a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. Not only is this entirely misleading, it is factually untrue. It placed individuals under the age of 26 at very high risks of addiction.
There were various changes to Juul’s marketing once a policy change was enacted. Juul can no longer advertise near schools or playgrounds, use models under the age of 28 years old, advertise in media where the audience is more than 15% under the age of 21, and more. The company must allow use phrases like “Adults Only” and “Not for Consumption by Minors” on its products, and retailers will not have unlimited purchase power.
Filing a Lawsuit against Juul
If you wish to file a claim against Juul citing nicotine addiction, you must fit certain criteria. You must have been a minor under the age of 18 using the Juul product, or be no older than 26 years old. You must also have had first used Juul prior to December 2018 and have no smoking history, or only occasional smoking history, before using the products. You also must not have been older than 25 years old when you first used the product.
Our law firm is not accepting cases from Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Bear in mind that you can still file a claim against Juul for physical injuries, such as for a defective item.
Your first step should be to go to the doctor to get treatment. A doctor can explain the extent of your injuries and the likely causes. You should hold on to all medical receipts, doctor’s statements, insurance billing, treatment details, and more. It is extremely important that you do not hesitate going to the doctor. The longer you wait, the more damage you can accrue or the worse your health can get. You will also do more harm to your claim than you should. An insurance agent can state that your delay was caused by another product or that you were not as seriously hurt as you my have initially stated.
Take pictures of any injuries you suffered, as well as pictures of the defective Juul pen if it broke during use.
There may be eyewitnesses or other individuals who can attest to your injuries or who can support your claim that you developed an addiction. Their statements and testimonies can come in handy for your case. We will also be willing to hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, such as doctors and marketing researches who can testify to the addictive nature of the products or the deceptive nature of the advertisements.
Do not throw away the Juul pen if it became defective, and do not try to fix it. Do not accept a refund or replacement, either.
Once you have acquired as much proof as you can, you should reach out to a skilled Juul litigation attorney for more assistance. We will be able to win you the damages you need and will do everything in our power to defend you. We have been paying careful attention to the rise of e-cigarettes over the years, and our firm has taken on numerous cases against such tobacco and nicotine companies. We believe that all victims deserve fair treatment, and you should focus on your injuries or returning to your daily life while we handle your case.
Deadline to File a Lawsuit in California against Juul
Personal injury lawsuits must be filed within 2 years of the date of the injury in California. If you do not sue within this time period, you will be unable to secure any compensation in the future. It is crucial that you act quickly – the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your case will expire. Many individuals do not know what the statute of limitations is or how much time is left on their claims, so we recommend contacting our firm to accurately determine the remaining time.
It is possible for the statute of limitations to be extended beyond the 2 year deadline. This can happen if you were below 18 years old at the time of the incident, and the statute of limitations will not count down until you turn legal age. You may also have been left incapacitated after the incident, such as in a coma, which could lead to the statute being suspended until you return.
Juul Lawsuit Compensation
You may be able to receive a fair amount of compensation if you file a lawsuit against Juul. Our lawyers will work around the clock to bring you coverage for various expenses. We will strive to win you the following damages:
- Medical bills form the past and future for hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, medication, and more
- Property damage if any personal items were lost or broken
- Lost income if you were unable to return to work and future missed wages if treatments or recovery time put you out of commission
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, mental stress, and more
You shouldn’t have to pay off these expenses if you were injured as a result of Juul’s negligence.
Why Choose Us
The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the most highly rated law firms in Los Angeles. We have a long history of successfully defending clients and we have won hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for victims of accidents. Our aggressive lawyers are willing to go to court if necessary to fight for your fair compensation.
Call us today if you want to speak with a lawyer in a free legal consultation. All consultations are totally private, and you can reach us any time of the day, any day of the week. We’ll answer all your questions and ensure you fully understand the legal process. If you hire us, we’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee. You’ll pay us nothing throughout the case – we don’t get payment unless and until we win, and the money comes from the settlement won from Juul.
To get started on your Juul e-cigarette lawsuit, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today.
How to Sue Belkin for Defective Charging Banks
If you intend to file a product liability lawsuit against Belkin, you must show that the company was negligent in some way. Product liability lawsuits can be filed if you can prove at least one of the following points about the product:
- There was a design error present with the charging bank
- There was a manufacturing error that occurred when the charging bank was being made in the factory
- There were no hazard signs or symbols on the charging bank or on the packaging
The charging banks had a defect in the wiring, so it is likely that the materials were faulty or that there was a design that did not account for the small space or power usage.
You should make sure to go to the hospital to get medical treatment for your injuries. It is not recommended that you wait too long to visit a doctor. If you do not get treatment quickly, your injuries may worsen, or you may find that the insurance agent will doubt the validity of your claim. He can say that you were shocked by another item or in another incident, and he will say that the defective item was a convenient scapegoat. You should also make sure that you get copies of all medical documents, test results, doctor’s statements, hospital receipts, and more from the treatment center.
You can take photos of the damages from the electric shock, and you can also take pictures of the charging bank to show that the item caught fire, if applicable.
There may have been eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen or who can testify that the bank was defective. You can add their statements to your claim to bolster it. The more support you have from people who saw the incident, the stronger your case will be.
You may want to throw the charging bank away, try to repair it, or return it for a refund. You should do none of this. It is important that you keep the charging bank as it is and preserve it, as it is the most important piece of evidence you have. If you get rid of it, the insurance company can claim that there’s no way for the defect to be examined, since it is not present at all.
You may have a receipt showing that you bought the charging bank. You can make copies of this, or copies of a bank statement or email showing that you paid for the item.
You will benefit by hiring a product liability lawyer to handle your case for you. If you have never taken legal action, you may not know the first thing about moving forward with a defective product claim. An attorney can gather your proof, negotiate with the insurance agent, and keep you updated throughout the process while you recover and return to regular life.
Statute of Limitations to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
California has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury if you wish to file a claim to receive compensation for damages. If you do not sue within this time period, you won’t be able to receive any restitution, and your claim will be thrown away. Often, individuals fail to understand the correct amount of time or do not know that there is a statute of limitations in the first place. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to determine how much time you have left on your case.
There is the possibility for your statute of limitations to be extended, but this will only happen in certain situations. If you were under 18 years old, you cannot sue without a legal guardian representing you, so you can wait until you turn legal age before the statute of limitations counts down. You also may have been left incapacitated and unable to sue, so the statute won’t start until you return to health. Further, the defendant must be in California – if he has left the state, the deadline will count down when he returns.