A plaintiff filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an electronic cigarette company alleging that her son died due to his e-cigarette addiction. The complaint was filed on October 16, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff describes her son as becoming addicted to his vape pen when he was fifteen. He died in his sleep at age eighteen. The plaintiff’s son was hospitalized three times for breathing and lung complications during his first year of vaping e-cigarette products. The plaintiff attributes his death to breathing complications as a result of e-cigarette usage.
CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of October 11, 2019, twenty-six deaths have been reported from vape-related illnesses in 21 states. As of October 8, 2019, 1,299 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products have been reported to CDC from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory.
Another plaintiff sued the e-cigarette manufacturer, accusing the company of deliberately marketing to young people with the message that vaping is cool. The plaintiff developed lung disease after vaping for over a year. He was hospitalized for about a week in August 2019 and released with severe lung damage. The complaint alleges deceptive marketing in e-cigarette manufacturer’s advertisements and social media campaigns suggesting that young people could boost their social status by vaping. The plaintiff also said the e-cigarette manufacturer never fully disclosed that their products contain dangerous chemicals.
Lawsuits are being filed against e-cigarette manufacturers across the country. On October 17, 2019, a King County Executive also filed a class-action lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturers for targeting vaping products to youth and creating a public health crisis.
Wrongful death is a cause of action that can be brought when a person or entity wrongfully causes someone’s death. Wrongful death lawsuits are most often brought by survivors on behalf of the deceased individual. Wrongful death expert witnesses are called upon to provide an assessment of the facts and provide an opinion on economic damages. Contact ForensisGroup to be connected with an expert witness hand-picked for the fact pattern in your case.