“Vape” is a term referring to vaporized forms of nicotine smoking product. The word is short for “vaporizer.” Vaping involves the heating up of oils or other liquids that contain nicotine in a vaporizing device. Thus, the user is able to inhale a nicotine dosage without smoking tobacco. Vape injuries can occur due to the presence of the heated oils in the vaporizer. Malfunctions or defects with the vaporizer product can lead to:
Thus, vape accidents or injuries can involve injuries and burns to the face, including the mouth, teeth, gums tongue, lips, eyes, cheeks, and other areas of the face. Hand injuries can also occur. Other vape injuries include reactions to the oils or other ingredients in the composition, smoking-related injuries (lung injuries), and others.
The term “vaporizer” is often used interchangeably with the term e-cigarette. In some cases, they may operate using the same principles and mechanism. However, vaping devices are generally larger than e-cigarettes, and often contain a reservoir or chamber for storing the oil. E-cigarettes tend to be cigarette sized and are often disposable. Vaping devices also allow the user to change the oil contents and other components and parts of the device.
Due to the fact that the user can change parts or oil substances in a vaping device, vaporizers can pose more risks of injury than e-cigarettes. When changing parts or oils, the user may be altering the product in a way that creates more risk of fire or explosion.
In many cases, vape injuries can be traceable to a product defect. This can take the form of a manufacturing defect, design defect, or warning label defect. Many vape defects are design defects, wherein the product was faulty in the way that it was designed. For instance, many vaporizer explosions have been linked to defects in the design of the battery aspect of the device. Poorly designed batteries can cause some devices to explode during use. This can create a dangerous situation, especially if the device is inside the user’s mouth at the time of the explosion.
Vape accidents and injuries can lead to legal action. In many cases, a vape accident lawsuit can result in a monetary damages for the injured party or parties. These damages can be sufficient to cover losses such as hospital bills and medical expenses. In cases where explosions or burns are involved, facial scarring may also be an issue. This can lead to permanent disfigurement and other long-term effects; these may sometimes be calculated into the damages award as well.
Product liability claims can often be filed as a class action suit if many persons are injured by the same vaping device. Also, product recalls may be issued for dangerous vaping products, oils, and other related items.
Vaping injuries can be very serious and may often require legal action to resolve. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any assistance with a legal claim. Your attorney can assist you with filing and can also perform legal research as needed. If you need to appear in court, your lawyer can provide you with legal representation during important court meetings and hearings.
Last Modified: 09-21-2016 10:44 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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