JUUL Nicotine Addiction Lawsuit
Has your child developed a nicotine addiction or suffered other injuries after using JUUL vaping products/e-cigarettes?
You may be eligible to seek compensation from the manufacturer for damages, such as medical expenses and pain and suffering. TSR Injury Law’s Bloomington defective product lawyers are currently investigating claims against JUUL from those injured by its vaping devices. There have been numerous reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of teenagers and young adults becoming addicted to nicotine and suffering nicotine poisoning after using JUUL and other e-cigarettes.
TSR Injury Law has been representing Minnesota injury victims for more than 20 years and has recovered more than $150 million on behalf of our clients. Partners Steve Terry and Nate Bjerke are both members of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyer’s Association. TSR may also consult with other national firms depending on where the injury occurred.
The consultation with our attorneys is free of charge and there is no obligation to take legal action if you have a case. Our attorneys do not get paid unless you do first.
Call TSR Injury Law to discuss a possible JUUL lawsuit: (612) TSR-TIME. We are ready to take your call 24/7.
Do I Have a Case Against JUUL?
Defective product cases are complex, and our attorneys must consider a variety of factors to determine if you may have a case over your or your child’s injuries.
If you or your child used a JUUL vaping device before November 2018, you may have a claim against the company for failing to provide a warning in advertisements about the presence of nicotine in these products.
JUUL users may also have a claim against the company for misrepresenting the safety of its products. Marketing for these products claimed they were safer than traditional cigarettes.
These are the kinds of allegations made in lawsuits filed against JUUL by the attorneys general in North Carolina, New York and Illinois.
JUUL may be liable for damages suffered by users from their injuries, such as addition to nicotine and nicotine poisoning, a dangerous illness that could result in the following symptoms:
- High blood pressure
- Blood clots
- Injury to the heart
Chemicals in vape pods could cause children to develop bronchiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung. This causes symptoms that are similar to symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – smokers of regular cigarettes often develop this disease after many years of addiction.
Can I File on Behalf of My Child?
Yes, parents or legal guardians may be able to file a JUUL lawsuit on behalf of their child or teenager who was injured by using JUUL products.
If you think you may have a case or have questions about the legal process, you can schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation with one of our licensed attorneys. If you have a case, we are prepared to manage the entire legal process on your behalf, pursuing maximum compensation and attempting to hold negligent parties liable for the damages they have caused.
Contact TSR Injury Law today at (612) TSR-TIME.
What Might My Case Be Worth?
If you have a valid case and decide to pursue it, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered, which may include:
- Past, current and future medical expenses
- Cost of treating nicotine addiction
- Pain and suffering, including past pain and suffering and the physical and psychological issues you may experience during treatment and recovery
- Lost enjoyment of life if you or your child cannot participate in activities that he or she once enjoyed because of lung damage
In rare cases, victims may be eligible to seek punitive damages from product manufacturers. These damages are available in cases of egregious or intentional negligence. These damages are not related to a specific financial loss the victim suffered, instead they are meant to serve as punishment and to prevent other product manufacturers or entities from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Attorney
Victims of defective products often have many questions about the legal process. They may be unsure if they have a case, what it may be worth, how to file a claim, and what the claim may allege.
The dedicated attorneys at TSR Injury Law have extensive knowledge of the legal process, having represented injury victims for more than 20 years. We are here to answer your questions and inform you of your potential legal options.
If you have a case and hire us to represent you, we are prepared to manage the legal process on your behalf, which may include:
- Investigating the at-fault party or parties
- Reviewing medical records
- Consulting medical experts to help evaluate the severity of your injuries and damages
- Reviewing research on JUUL and its health effects
- Negotiating a settlement
- Handling the trial if the case reaches that point
We have a dedicated legal team of licensed attorneys and support staff ready to get to work on your behalf fighting for your best interests and obtaining fair compensation.
We understand compensation cannot change what happened, but it can help victims looking to obtain necessary medical treatment and move forward with their lives.
Have questions? Call our firm anytime to schedule your free consultation. TSR Injury Law: (612) TSR-TIME.
Dangers of JUUL and Other E-Cigarettes
More than 5.3 million middle and high school students have used e-cigarette products like JUUL in 2019 alone, according to Tobacco-Free Kids. In December 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory on use of e-cigarettes by young people declaring it an epidemic.
One of the reasons these products appeal to youth is because the pods come in various flavors that may help mask the taste of nicotine, such as menthol, cucumber, mint, mango and other fruits. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also notes these products can be used discreetly because they are the size of a USB flash drive.
Unfortunately, these products deliver nicotine in much higher doses than other e-cigarettes, which increases the risk of addiction. According to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report from January 2018, there is a lot of evidence that use of e-cigarettes among youth increases the risk of becoming a smoker.
Nicotine is harmful to everyone, but it can do lasting damage to adolescents whose brains are still developing. The dangers of cigarette smoking and nicotine use have been well-documented, but what many e-cigarette users may be unaware of or may not consider is the presence of other harmful chemicals.
These products often contain other harmful ingredients, such as acrolein (an herbicide used to kill weeds), which can result in irreversible damage to the lungs, along with asthma and lung cancer. Two primary ingredients in e-cigarettes are vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, which are toxic to human cells. This is according to a University of North Carolina study.
When users activate an e-cigarette, it can produce acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, which can damage the lungs and the heart.
Vaping liquids may also include nitrosamines. These chemicals have been known to cause cancer.
FDA Warning Letter to JUUL Labs
In 2019, concerns about the safety of JUUL vaping products have been raised by everyone from anti-tobacco advocacy organizations to the FDA, U.S. Congress and even president Trump, who discussed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in November.
After reviewing testimony from a July 2019 Congressional hearing about JUUL and the Youth Nicotine Epidemic, the FDA sent a warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc. in September about its unauthorized marketing of modified-risk tobacco products. (Companies are prohibited from marketing these kinds of products without an FDA order.)
The letter said the labeling and advertising of JUUL products could be reasonably expected to cause consumers to think these products:
- Have a lower risk of tobacco-related disease
- Are less harmful than other tobacco products on the market
- Have a lower amount of nicotine
- Do not contain a dangerous substance
The letter also identified many concerning statements from the Congressional hearing. These statements were made by a JUUL representative in a presentation to students. For example, the representative said JUUL products are “99 percent safer than cigarettes” and the FDA would approve JUUL any day.
The letter is part of an ongoing investigation of JUUL. The organization said if the rise in e-cigarette use by youth continues, it will take more aggressive action against the industry.
Lawsuits Filed Against JUUL
The attorneys general in three states (North Carolina, New York and Illinois) have filed lawsuits against JUUL. These lawsuits make many of the same allegations against the company:
- Targeting young people as potential customers
- Downplaying the danger of flavored vape products (many JUUL pods are three times the permissible concentration of nicotine that can legally be sold in many countries)
- Misrepresenting the products as devices to help people quit smoking cigarettes
- JUUL’s nicotine blend has a much higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes and other tobacco products
- Illegally selling products to minors through the website
“JUUL’s aggressive advertising campaign has significantly contributed to the public health crisis that has left youth…across the country addicted to its products,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Contact TSR Injury Law About a Potential JUUL Lawsuit
Product manufacturers have a legal obligation to inform consumers about the risks of using their products, including the harmful chemicals that may be present. They are also prohibited from misrepresenting the safety of their products because of the harm this could cause.
JUUL users, including children and teenagers were not properly informed about the risks of their products. The company may have even targeted youth with advertising campaigns promoting flavored vaping products.
TSR Injury Law’s defective product attorneys are dedicated to pursuing compensation for those injured by dangerous products. We offer a free consultation and do not charge upfront fees for providing legal representation.
Over more than 20 years, we have recovered more than $150 million on behalf of Minnesota injury victims.
Call today to discuss your potential claim and the legal options that may be available. (612) TSR-TIME