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Cook County vape pen illness attorneyFor the past several years, the popularity of e-cigarettes has been on the rise, and “vaping” has been marketed as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, more and more information is coming out about the health hazards associated with vaping.  First, it was the numerous instances of vape devices and e-cigarettes exploding or catching on fire. Now, data and information has proven that these devices also present a serious danger to their users’ health, even when they function properly. In recent months, the number of serious or fatal cases of lung disease related to vaping has skyrocketed, and public health officials have warned against the use of e-cigarettes and vape pens.

Hundreds of Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 380 cases of lung illness have been reported that are related to the use of e-cigarettes, and this number is expected to increase as older cases continue to be examined. These cases have spanned 33 states, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. So far, six people have died due to vaping-related lung disease, with the first death being reported in Illinois in August of 2019.

Vaping devices are manufactured by numerous different companies. One popular brand is Juul. This brand has specifically marketed their devices to kids, offers eight different flavors with varying amounts of nicotine strength, and claim they are the safe alternative to cigarettes. However, experts say that one Juul pod delivers the same amount of nicotine to the body as a pack of cigarettes. As a result, after long term usage or even short term usage, e-cigarette users have experienced serious respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, and fatigue, as well as related symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. The issue has affected people using a wide variety of vaping products, including those containing nicotine and cannabis-derived substances such as THC or CBD.

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DuPage County workplace burn injury attorneyWhen a person suffers a significant burn injury, it can lead to chronic pain, disfigurement, and permanent disability. According to the American Burn Association (ABA), every year, an average of 121,000 Americans suffer burn injuries that require emergency room visits. The average number of fire-related fatalities in the United States is approximately 3,275. If you or a loved one have been injured by a serious burn, you should contact a skilled attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation from those who were responsible. 

Accidents Leading to Burn Injuries

Throughout the United States, a person is fatally burned every 2 hours and 35 minutes. Regardless of how burns are suffered, the impact of these injuries can be life-altering. Some of the leading causes of burn injuries include: 

  • Car Accidents: According to the ABA, motor vehicle collisions only account for approximately 5% of all annual burn injuries. However, when a vehicle erupts into flame, the injuries can be incredibly severe or fatal, due to the amount of fire, the sudden nature of the eruption, and the difficulties of escaping the vehicle. A motor vehicle can catch fire for a number of reasons, including defective manufacturing of vehicle parts. If a car has a defective gas tank or fuel delivery system, leaking gas can cause dangerous fires in the immediate aftermath of a collision.
  • Occupational Burns: According to statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 5,000 American workers suffer burn injuries on an annual basis, and chemical and electrical burns make up approximately 10% of all burn injuries that require medical attention. Despite increased safety measures designed to lower the chances of burn injuries in the workplace, occupational accidents are still the second most common cause of burn injuries. These injuries can be caused by leaks of hazardous materials, explosions, or electrical malfunctions. In the event of a burn injury in the workplace, an injured employee will typically be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. 
  • Exploding E-Cigarettes: Nationwide, e-cigarettes and vape pens have become a cultural phenomenon. According to research conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than 10 million Americans currently use e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, these devices have been known to explode. E-cigarettes use a lithium-ion battery to heat up the liquid that ultimately creates the vapor that users inhale. If these batteries are defective, the device can explode or spontaneously catch fire. Due to the fact that a user of an e-cigarette will have the object close to their face, the injuries suffered in an e-cigarette accident can cause significant facial scarring or injuries to the eyes, throat, neck, or brain. 

Contact a Chicago Burn Injury Lawyer 

After suffering a burn injury, a victim can face years of chronic pain, difficulty moving, and significant skin damage or scarring. Due to the long-term symptoms of most burn injuries, many victims suffer from depression or PTSD. At Pullano Law Offices, we are prepared to aggressively fight for the injury compensation you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a skilled Cook County personal injury lawyer, contact us immediately at 312-551-1100. 

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Will County e-cigarette injury lawyerE-cigarettes and vape pens have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Many prefer electronic cigarettes because they purportedly lack the dangerous side effects of tobacco and the distinct smell and taste of cigarettes while still delivering the addictive nicotine buzz that smokers seek. Though many e-cigarette companies promise a “purer” cigarette, people across the country have been put in danger by malfunctioning e-cigarettes

The Source of Danger: Batteries

Since e-cigarettes came on the market in 2007, many smokers have been severely injured by devices that have exploded or caught fire. There are a variety of reasons these explosions occur, but the most common cause is the batteries that power the devices. The powerful lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigarettes have been known to explode or catch fire when they are overcharged or shorted out. Due to these devices being used in proximity to a person’s face, a malfunctioning battery is likely to cause severe injuries and disfigurement. 

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