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Can you seek a product liability claim for e-cig vaping injuries?

It is safe to say that most Americans know about the recent rash of lung illnesses and injuries linked to e-cigarette (vaping) use. According to a news report published in October, the death of at least one Pennsylvania resident has been linked to vaping. The report also confirms that nine of the state's residents (and possibly 12 others) were sickened from the use of e-cigarettes.

As you might expect, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a serious look at the deaths and illnesses associated with vaping. However, this is little comfort to those already affected by this possible epidemic. Many victims are wondering if the injuries and deaths caused by vaping are sufficient grounds to file a product liability claim.

There exist many hurdles to overcome if pursuing a product liability claim for vaping injuries. For example, before you can file a claim for e-cig injuries, you will have to identify a defendant. This is proving to be a challenge for victims as well as the FDA. Specifically, no one has yet been able to determine precisely which substance or ingredient in vaping devices is responsible for the illnesses.

Despite this, it is still important to consider a legal solution after developing an e-cigarette-related illness. The investigative resources injury attorneys have access to may help in the goal of identifying all potential defendants. Further, when e-cig manufacturers see that victims are prepared to take legal action for their harm, it may encourage them to improve the safety of these devices going forward.

Finally, mounting product liability claims may prompt lawmakers to make dangerous nicotine products illegal in America. In the end, fighting for your rights with help from a lawyer can encourage other victims to follow suit. Together, we may all be able to stop or slow the progress of this potential epidemic.

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