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Vaping, or using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) device to inhale vaporized nicotine and other chemicals, is something millions of people do daily, usually under the belief that it is safer than traditional smoking. Unfortunately, negligence and intentional misconduct on the part of vaping device manufacturers have made these devices inherently dangerous for consumers. With a new vaping illness epidemic taking dozens of lives in the past year alone, it is more important than ever to learn your rights as a consumer.
If you or a loved one has suffered a vaping injury or serious illness, please contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Kitay for a free legal consultation in San Diego. We may be able to help you bring a lawsuit against a device manufacturer or distributor in pursuit of justice and financial compensation. Call (619) 333-1776 today to schedule your free case review.
In San Diego, our personal injury lawyers stand up for the rights of consumers who were unaware of the potential risk associated with using vaping and e-cigarette devices, including serious vape-related illnesses. One illness, known as e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI), has sent 2,506 people to hospitals and taken 54 lives as of December 17, 2019. EVALI can cause symptoms such as chest pain, trouble breathing, persistent cough, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, fever and chills. Another potential vaping-related illness is popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans.
It may also be possible to bring a product liability claim against a vaping company for marketing its products to young people if this caused you or your child to suffer harms such as nicotine addiction and related health problems. Consumers have brought such lawsuits against e-cigarette companies that create products such as candy-flavored cartridges and appear to market toward a young teenage audience. Speak to one of our attorneys to find out if you have a vaping illness case in California after receiving an official diagnosis.
Some vaping injuries are not from inhaling e-cartridge chemicals but from the products containing harmful defects that lead to disasters such as fires and explosions. Without warning, defective vape pens can explode while in use or in the user’s pocket, potentially causing life-changing injuries. The defective pens contain lithium-ion batteries that can catch fire or explode in use. Exploding vape devices have caused dozens of serious injuries and even deaths.
At the Law Offices of Howard Kitay, we can help San Diego vape explosion victims with all types of serious injuries. We can take over the product liability claims process on behalf of a client to fight for fair compensation. A compensatory award could replace financial losses due to hospital bills, emergency services, medications, surgeries, lost wages, legal fees and more.
Vaping devices are a serious threat to public safety. If a vaping device – defective or not – has negatively impacted you or someone you love to the point of suffering personal injuries, illnesses or financial losses, please contact us for a free legal consultation in San Diego. You may be eligible for compensation from the vape or e-cigarette company. We offer confidential initial consultations throughout California at no cost or obligation to retain our firm. Call today to explore your rights and legal opportunities.