Injuries from vaping and e-cigarettes are more frequent than ever, so what do you do when you have been injured from a vape explosion or diagnosed with popcorn lung or another issue? You might have a claim on your hands.
What is Vaping?
Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of aerosol (vapor) produced by e-liquid (vape juice) from an electronic device. The device heats the liquid and is activated and releases the aerosol or heated vapor to be inhaled. This is often an alternative to smoking cigarettes.
This form of smoking is a growing trend among millions, especially teenagers. There are over 7 thousand flavors available such as candy, sweet, mint, and even traditional tobacco. Most vape juices contain vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and non-oil food-grade flavorings.
There are a few different options when it comes to vaping devices.
The mod is longer than a cigarette and has advanced features to produce more clouds.
A vape pen is small and slender like a pencil.
An e-cigarette is an electronic nicotine delivery system. It is supposed to give you the look and feel of smoking a traditional cigarette.
Unfortunately, little is known about the long-term effects of vaping.
The risks of vaping include cancer, popcorn lung, and even vape explosions.
Aerosols could be harmful to your body, leading to cancer, lung disease, or even heart disease. Vaping can also increase lung irritations due to the chemicals found in vape juices.
Birth defects can also occur from vaping while pregnant and can cause harm to the brain’s development of kids and teenagers.
Vape explosions are not as common, but they do happen and can cause severe injuries and fires. Lithium-ion batteries are usually the main cause of explosions, either while in the pocket or actively in use. Malfunctions of the device, battery, or charger can also cause explosions. Loose batteries from being stored in cluttered spots or that come in contact with other batteries or metal objects may also lead to an explosion.
Popcorn lung is when the airway is scarred due to inflammation. Which can cause irreversible and incurable lung damage in addition to breathing and lung issues?
Working with an Attorney
If you experience injury or health issues from vaping, after you were told it was safe, contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Every case is different, but if you are unsure if you deserve a settlement, always talk with an attorney to know your rights. Edelstein Law Firm is based in Philadelphia and has experience with several different personal injury cases.