October 16, 2019 | 12:29pm
Juul was hit with its first wrongful dying lawsuit Tuesday filed by a Florida lady who’s blaming the vape firm after her 18-year-old son died in his sleep.
Lisa Vail’s grievance alleges Daniel Wakefield grew to become hooked on his Juul at age 15, a lot in order that he “suffered severe mood wings if he did not have access” to his vape pen.
“Plaintiff recalled an instance where Wakefield became enraged and threw a mini-refrigerator from the top floor of his home because he was angry about not being able to vape,” says Vail’s go well with, filed in California federal court docket.
Lower than a 12 months after he started vaping, the teenager was hospitalized 3 times for respiration and lung problems — and hospital employees gave him Nicotine patches as a result of he was “so addicted to Juul,” the go well with says.
Wakefield was discovered useless Aug. 31, 2018, by his father, who had gotten as much as get a drink of water round four a.m.
“He noticed Wakefield looked funny; he touched his son and found him stiff and unresponsive,” the go well with says.
The evening earlier than, Vail spoke to her son and he confirmed no indicators of respiration issues or wheezing.
“His death was attributed to breathing complications,” based on the go well with.
Vail, in the meantime, says she appears like she’s been “sentenced to a life of sadness” in wake of her son’s dying.
The lawsuit comes amid a surge of troubling vape-related deaths throughout the nation — and as federal prosecutors examine the epidemic.
Juul faces different lawsuits by younger adults and oldsters of youngsters who say the corporate marketed its harmful merchandise to youngsters.
A number of states, together with Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, have restricted gross sales of flavored e-cigarettes.
Twenty-six folks have died from vape-related diseases in 21 states, based on the most recent statistics from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which has recorded practically 1,300 lung harm instances related to e-cigarette utilization.
Juul didn’t instantly return a message.