Cigarettes and tobacco products have been used for thousands of years, but the widespread marketing has never been seen before. Today, cigarettes are as prevalent as ever, but they are also joined by electronic vapor cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. One prominent company that markets, manufacturers, and distributes these e-cigarettes is Juul. E-cigarettes have only been wildly popular over the last ten years, so there is not nearly as much evidence on the long-term effects from studies and health reviews. However, given the examination of the contents of the Juul pods, it is safe to say that they are hardly healthy. Scientists and healthcare professionals have evaluated Juul products and determined they are not necessarily a safer alternative to cigarettes – in fact, they may be worse. If you have been injured due to Juul E-cigarettes, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today. We’ll be able to secure you the proper compensation for your damages.
Juul and Young Users
Cigarettes have held a specific place in the mainstream media for a long time. Old movie stars smoked and were thought of as hip or cool, and more than a quarter of seniors in high school smoked throughout the 1970s. As the negative effects of tobacco were studied and discovered, more anti-smoking campaigns began to pop up, and the number of young people who smoked dropped drastically, to less than 5% in 2018.
Juul specifically marketed its E-cigarettes to young people. Young smokers have a higher chance of developing an addiction and are more likely to continue to smoke throughout their lives, so the trend is likely to continue with Juul users. The marketing consisted of social media posts, internet videos, and young models using the Juul pods. The Juul devices themselves are very small and do not look like cigarettes; instead, they are shaped like modern-day USB devices and are virtually unidentifiable without close inspection. The design of the Juul devices allows students to carry them around school and other events without making the presence known.
The company also ensures that the vape pens are not overly unappealing. While cigarettes have a distinct, cloying odor that repels many, Juul pods come in various flavors, some of which are sweet and sugary, like fruits. The illusion is that anything that is this “healthy” tasting cannot possibly cause harm to the lungs like cigarette smoke can.
Dangers of Juul
One of the primary reasons that Juul pods are so dangerous is the level of nicotine present in each is roughly equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes. The pods contain about 59 mg per pod, as well as various other chemicals that have been linked to cytotoxicity. These substances have been shown to have a positive correlation with nicotine-related injuries and nicotine addiction. Other substances include formaldehyde, toluene, diacetyl, nitrosamines, heavy metals (upon heating up) and more.
The injuries that can arise from Juul usage include:
- Popcorn lung
- Lung disease
- Cognitive problems
- Compromised immune system or reduce immunoresponse
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy troubles and birth defects
In addition to organ trouble, some Juul devices and other E-cigarette devices are poorly made. A defective pod can actually catch fire or explode, leading to burns in the least dangerous situations and scarring, disfigurement, facial injuries, and other damages in the most dire circumstances. If a Juul device explodes while being used, you could potentially lose your eyesight, various teeth, and more, and you may suffer irreparable damage to your tongue and face. Although these occurrences are less common, there have been numerous documented cases over the last few years.
The packaging on Juul pods and in the marketing materials did not adequately represent the actual dangers of the device and the product. The pods are not safer than tobacco cigarettes, and the fact that Juul has marketed them as such is a huge error. Young people and teenagers have fallen victim to the marketing schemes, and it is crucial that they seek help if they need to break an addiction to the product.
How to File a Lawsuit against Juul
Filing a lawsuit against Juul can be quite difficult. There are some restrictions on Juul pods; for example, users must be 21 years old to buy the product. However, many states have different laws on the actual consumption of tobacco; for example, Alabama prohibits underage smoking, while California only prohibits underage purchasing or adults purchasing the tobacco for underage users. Regardless, it is important that you gather evidence where you can.
The first step you should take is to refrain from using the Juul pods anymore. You should not continue vaping if you wish to file a lawsuit; it can be extremely detrimental to your case, and worse, to your health. Despite the nicotine being very addictive, you should take necessary steps to avoid using the product. You may need medical treatment, nicotine gum, anti-smoking patches, and other therapies r treatments to help you kick the habit. If you sought medical treatment, you can hold on to the receipts and proof.
You should then gather bills, receipts, and any other proof of purchase documents you can acquire to show that you owned a Juul device and were a buyer of the products.
To further proof that you were a Juul user, you could procure videos and photos showing you partaking in the product. Personal accounts and statements from yourself and other eyewitnesses will also be beneficial to your case.
It could also be very productive for you to keep a journal dictating all the events and progress of your Juul usage, which may include the breaking of the habit, the injuries you suffered, and more.
If the Juul pod exploded during use, you must ensure that the item is not thrown away, tampered with, or returned to the company. It is important that you hold on to the defective pod, as it is a crucial piece of evidence.
Once you have gathered this evidence, you should reach out to an experienced Juul injury lawyer. We can make sure that your case has all the proof it needs, and if we need to hire expert witnesses to further bolster your claim or if we must acquire additional evidence elsewhere, we are willing to do so. You may not have any legal experience, which can work against you in such a large and specific lawsuit. Our lawyers will strive to win your claim while you recover from your injuries or kick your nicotine addiction.
If you wish to come to our firm for representation, there are specific cutoffs that must be adhered to. These include the following:
- Your case must not be based in DE, ID, KS, KT, LA, OH, and TN
- You must have first used Juul products prior to December 2018
- You were a non-smoker or were an occasional social smoker prior to using Juul
- You must have been 25 or younger when you began to use Juul products
If you need more assistance, feel free to contact our law firm.
Potential Compensation from a Juul Lawsuit
You may be able to secure a large settlement from Juul due to the damages or injuries you suffered. The company should be held accountable for the pain it caused due to its dishonest marketing and its high levels of chemicals in its products. We will work around the clock to win you the following damages:
- Medical expenses from the past and future to cover surgery, hospitalization, medication, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to return to work because of the injuries or because of the medical procedures you would need in the future
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life if you acquired a disease or illness
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional trauma, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and other psychological troubles
- Punitive damages to punish the company, but these damages are handed out purely in times of gross negligence or when the defendant intended to cause harm, and as a result, they are seldom awarded die to their reputation as harsh or severe; only a skilled lawyer will be able to win them for your case
You should not be treated poorly or given no fair restitution if you were injured because of Juul products. Let our law firm help you move forward with your Juul E-cigarette lawsuit.
Our Firm: The Best in Los Angeles
The Downtown LA Law Group
has handled numerous E-cigarette and Juul lawsuits over the years. We are among the first firms to take on an exploding vape pen claim. Our lawyers are seasoned and aggressive, and we are highly regarded as some of the most dedicated and thorough lawyers in Los Angeles. We will go to court to defend your rights if we feel it is the best option.
For a free legal consultation to discuss your Juul lawsuit, call our firm today. All consultations are totally confidential and none of your private information will be shared outside of our four walls. We will also tell you what we think your case is worth and how to proceed.
If you want us to represent you and handle your claim, we will give you our zero fee guarantee. This means that you pay no fees throughout the case, win or lose. We get paid only if we win, and the money will come out of the settlement we bring you from Juul. If we lose, you pay us nothing whatsoever.
To get started on your Juul E-cigarette lawsuit, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group at (855) 339-8879