JUUL electronic cigarettes are marketed as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. However, JUUL devices present an increased risk of harm compared to traditional cigarettes, and the risks are often not properly disclosed. If you or a loved one suffered harm due to the use of a JUUL device, you may be able to recover compensation, and you should speak with an attorney regarding your potential claims. The North Carolina and South Carolina JUUL injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson can assist you in pursuing claims against anyone responsible for your damages. We understand the nuances of these sophisticated cases, and we will work to develop compelling arguments on your behalf.Dangers Presented by JUUL Vaping Devices
JUUL electronic cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizers that simulate traditional cigarette smoking by turning liquid in pods into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. The liquids used in JUUL devices come in numerous flavors, such as vanilla and cotton candy, making them appealing to teenagers. JUUL devices are also easy to disguise, due to the fact that they look like computer flash drives, and many parents may be unaware that their children are using JUUL devices. As a result, teenagers and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the harm caused by JUUL devices.
Additionally, while many people believe that the JUUL pods contain less nicotine than cigarettes do, each pod contains the nicotine equivalent of 20 cigarettes. Thus, people who use JUUL devices may develop addictions to nicotine. Many people also mistakenly believe that using JUUL devices presents less of a danger than regular cigarettes, due to the lack of smoke. Not only do the liquids used in JUUL devices contain nicotine, however, but also they contain other dangerous chemicals that can cause significant harm, including damage to the lungs and pneumonia. JUUL devices also can overheat and explode, causing serious injuries. Our JUUL injury attorneys can help North Carolina and South Carolina residents bring claims based on these situations as well. In most instances in which a person is harmed by a JUUL device, the full extent of the potential harm presented by JUUL devices was not properly disclosed.Pursuing a Product Liability Claim in North Carolina
If you suffered harm due to a JUUL device, a knowledgeable attorney can advise you on whether you may be able to pursue a product liability claim. North Carolina differs from most states in that a manufacturer cannot be held strictly liable for harm caused by a dangerous or defective product. Instead, the injured person must prove that the manufacturer was negligent. In other words, the injured person must show that the product was defective when it left the control of the manufacturer, the defect was due to the manufacturer’s failure to use reasonable care, and the defect caused the injured person’s harm.
There are numerous ways in which an injured person can establish that a product was defective. They can show that the product was unreasonably designed or manufactured and therefore created a risk of harm to the public. The injured person also can demonstrate that a product was defective by showing that the manufacturer failed to appropriately warn of the dangers associated with the use of the product, or failed to give adequate instructions for using the product. In cases involving JUUL devices, our North Carolina and South Carolina JUUL injury attorneys have seen that plaintiffs often allege a failure to warn or design defect, but the precise claims alleged will vary depending on the facts of the case.Product Liability Under South Carolina Law
Product liability claims filed in South Carolina differ from those in North Carolina in that injured victims are not limited to pursuing negligence claims against manufacturers. They can pursue strict liability claims and breach of warranty claims as well. In a strict liability claim, the injured person does not need to prove negligence. Instead, they must merely prove that the product was defective, and the defect caused the alleged harm. Regardless of the theory of liability, in all South Carolina product liability cases, the injured person must show that he or she was injured by a product in a defective condition that was in the same condition as when it left the manufacturer and that the product was unreasonably dangerous.Speak with a Skilled JUUL Injury Lawyer in North Carolina or South Carolina
JUUL devices are frequently in the headlines due to the harm that they cause. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or illness due to the use of a JUUL device, you should speak with an experienced attorney regarding your potential claims. The attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are adept at representing injured people in product liability lawsuits in North Carolina and South Carolina, and they can assist you in seeking all the compensation that you may be owed. Our offices are located in Franklin, Asheville, Rutherfordton, Waynesville, and Spruce Pine in North Carolina, as well as Greenville, Gaffney, and Spartanburg in South Carolina. You can contact us via our form online or at (800) 533-6845 to schedule a confidential and free injury consultation.