What Are Nicotine Addiction Lawsuits?
Nicotine addiction lawsuits seek financial compensation from major vape companies, which may have marketed their products to teenagers.
The health risks associated with teenage nicotine use are widely known. Reports of addiction, strokes, and seizures linked to vaping have made national headlines. However, the vape craze is still going strong.
From 2017 to 2018, the number of high schoolers who vaped increased by nearly 80%, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Concerned parents, researchers, and the U.S. government have put the blame on companies like JUUL, and are taking action. As of 2019, several nicotine addiction lawsuits seek compensation from these companies.
Compensation from a lawsuit can help pay for:
- Hospital bills
- Pain and suffering
- Therapy and other treatments
As the dangers of vaping become more widely known, more people may take legal action in the future.
How Can a Lawsuit Help Me?
A lawsuit may help your family afford the cost of treating an addiction and hold accountable the companies that harmed you.
Nicotine addictions can be devastating — and expensive.
For example, a 20-year-old man spent over 100 days in the hospital and required three brain surgeries after he suffered a stroke. The stroke allegedly stemmed from his addiction to nicotine-containing vape products, which he started using around the age of 17 or 18.
As of 2019, the average cost of just one day in the hospital ranged from $2,000-$2,500, according to data from the American Hospital Association.
The bottom line is that JUUL and other vaping companies specifically targeted teens to make a profit. Sound familiar? Similar lawsuits were brought against cigarette manufacturers decades ago. Many of these same manufacturers now own e-cigarette brands.
According to 2019 testimonials from a government hearing, JUUL allegedly downplayed the risks of its products and seemed to try to gear its products toward younger audiences, even though many of them were not of legal age to vape.
Filing a Nicotine Addiction Lawsuit
To file a nicotine addiction lawsuit, you (the plaintiff) have to show that the defendant (typically, the vape company) caused you harm through their actions. This is typically done by filing a written complaint.
For best results, victims should work with an experienced lawyer. The lawsuit process becomes easier overall with a lawyer’s help.
An experienced lawyer can:
- Determine the best type of lawsuit for your case
- Help you understand legal paperwork and file it properly
- Work on your behalf to receive the most compensation possible
Lawyers are specially trained to file and handle lawsuits. By going at it alone, you could make mistakes that cause your lawsuit to be delayed or rejected — even if it would otherwise be valid.
For these reasons, it is in your best interest to work with a lawyer to file a lawsuit.
Types of Nicotine Addiction Lawsuits
Types of nicotine addiction lawsuits include:
In a class-action lawsuit, many people affected by the same problem file one lawsuit together. Several class-action lawsuits regarding nicotine addiction in vape products have already been filed.
According to a 2019 Washington Post article, a mother filed a class-action lawsuit against JUUL after her son developed behavioral problems and restrictive lung disease due to his vape addiction.
Other class-action lawsuits against vape companies have been filed in Chicago, West Virginia, and Florida.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
In a personal injury nicotine addiction lawsuit, it must be shown how a vape-related nicotine addiction caused you to get sick or hurt.
The 20-year-old noted above — whose vape nicotine addiction allegedly caused a severe stroke — filed a lawsuit against JUUL and blamed the company for marketing to teens. If this had not occurred, the young man may not have become addicted or suffered a stroke.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If someone dies from complications related to their nicotine addiction, their family or loved ones can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits have been filed when vape batteries exploded and killed users.
Settlements vs Trials
In a settlement, the plaintiff is awarded a sum of money, and the case does not go to trial. Settlements are typically quicker, but the payout may not be as much as in a trial.
During a trial, both legal teams present their arguments before their judge or a jury, who will then determine the outcome. Most legal teams tend to avoid going to trial because if they lose, they will receive no compensation.
Get Legal Assistance for Vape Nicotine Addiction
If you or your child developed a nicotine addiction from vaping — and suffered serious injuries or harm as a result — it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit.
The FDA and researchers like Dr. Robert Jackler, professor at Stanford University, believe that JUUL and other vape companies marketed their products toward teenagers. However, it is illegal for those under 18 to buy these products.
Vape companies have taken steps to disprove these claims. For example, JUUL removed its fruit-flavored products from stores in late 2018 and shut down many of its social media platforms.
Despite this, reports of nicotine addiction among teenagers who vape continue to come out.
A lawsuit may help you and your family recover from the devastation that accompanies a nicotine addiction. To learn more, get a free case review today.