Southern Med Law: E-Cigarette Lawsuits Alleging Manufacturers Failed To Properly Warn About The Defects And Dangers Of Electronic Cigarettes.
As E-Cigarette explosion lawsuits continue to be filed, a recently e-cigarette side-effect study published in the Journal Pediatrics found nicotine poisoning in children under 6 had increased by nearly 1,500 percent between 2013 and 2015. The studies analysis of calls to the National Poison Data System also found that a 1-year-old child died after drinking nicotine liquid from an open refill container. The study comes after numerous reports of E-cigarette explosion injuries and the filing of e-cigarette lawsuits alleging the lithium ion battery in e-cigarettes exploded and caused severe chemical burns to the face, hands, legs and other body parts.
“This study confirms that e-cigarettes are not only negatively impacting adults and teenagers, but on young children exposed to the products,” says Southern Med Law attorneys.
Southern Med Law is currently investigating e-cigarette explosion lawsuits and is offering free legal evaluations to those who believe they have been injured by exploding e-cigarettes and suffered severe burns. To speak with one of the firm’s e-cigarette lawsuit attorneys, please call 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out an online contact form.
The e-cigarette side-effect study was conducted between January 2012 and April 2015, and during that time, the National Poison Data System received more than 29,100 calls–an average 729 calls per month–about nicotine and tobacco product exposures among children 6 years and younger. E-cigarette exposure accounted for 14.2 percent of total nicotine and tobacco-related calls. Additionally, the study showed that children exposed to e-cigarettes were 5 times more likely to be admitted to a health care facility and were 2.6 times more likely to suffer severe medical outcomes than those exposed to cigarettes. The study’s authors called for “swift government action” to regulate e-cigarettes and strategies to prevent child poisoning such as keeping e-cigarettes away from children and adding warning labels to the products.
[pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/05/05/peds.2016-0041.full-text.pdf, Pediatrics, May 2016]
The study’s release also comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended its authority to regulate all electronic tobacco products. Under the FDA’s new rules, electronic tobacco products cannot be sold to minors and purchasing the products requires a photo ID to verify age. More than 3 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015, up from an estimated 2.46 million in 2014, according to the CDC. Additionally, manufacturers must obtain FDA approval of electronic tobacco products made after February 2007, if they want to continue selling them on the U.S. market.
E-Cigarette Lawsuits Filed After Battery Powdered Cigarettes Explode
Court records in e-cigarette lawsuits reveal that adults are being injured when e-cigarettes or the batteries that power e-cigarettes explodes. CBS Los Angeles reported a California man filed a lawsuit in January against a local company that makes and sells e-cigarettes. According to the e-cigarette explosion lawsuit, the man was with his friend in November 2015 when he began to feel a burning sensation on his left leg. As it turned out, the battery that powered the e-cigarette had exploded in his pocket. Once on the floor, the battery burned and “sparks shot out like a Fourth of July firework,” the complaint said. The man said he suffered second- and third-degree burns on his thumbs and his left leg.
[losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/01/11/man-sues-maker-seller-of-e-cigarette-after-explosion/, CBS Los Angeles, January 11, 2016]
About Southern Med Law And Filing An E-Cigarette Lawsuit
The attorneys and staff at Southern Med Law work hard for the victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective medical products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau. the firm has successfully represented clients across the country in lawsuits against such companies as Ethicon, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Intuitive Surgical. The legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
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