A doctor using a stethoscope to listen for popcorn lung in a patient.Popcorn Lung and Wet Lung Vaping Injuries

Popcorn Lung and Wet Lung Vaping Injuries

E-Cigarette Chemicals Linked to Popcorn Lung (Bronchiolitis Obliterans), Wet Lung (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), and Other Conditions

Hire a Vape Injury Attorney for Help With Popcorn Lung and Wet Lung Injuries

As the popularity of vaping continues to rise, so do concerns about potential health risks associated with these products. Your vaping-related lung injuries may be eligible for significant compensation.

Vaping was once hailed as a safer alternative to traditional smoking. In recent years, vaping has come under scrutiny due to emerging cases of severe respiratory issues. Popcorn lung, scientifically known as bronchiolitis obliterans, and wet lung, or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), are conditions that have been linked to certain chemicals and substances present in vaping products.

If you or a loved one has suffered from popcorn lung or wet lung as a result of vaping, it is crucial to understand your rights and explore the possibility of legal recourse. A knowledgeable vape injury attorney from Levin Simes can be your advocate in seeking compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial toll these injuries can take.

In the sections below, we will delve into the intricacies of popcorn lung and wet lung injuries, and the potential legal grounds for pursuing a claim. If you need to speak directly to a dedicated attorney familiar with the vape injury legal process, contact Levin Simes directly at (415) 426-3000 for a free consultation. For more information on vaping injuries and litigation, see our vaping injury FAQs page.

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What Compensation Is Available in Popcorn Lung and Wet Lung Vaping Lawsuits?

In popcorn lung and wet lung vaping lawsuits, compensation may be pursued to address various damages suffered by the victims. The potential compensation can encompass both economic damages like bills, and non-economic damages like emotional suffering, depending on the circumstances of the case. 

Here are some common types of compensation that may be sought in these lawsuits:

  • Medical Expenses: Victims of lung damage vaping injuries often face substantial medical bills, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and ongoing medical treatments. Compensation may be sought to cover past and future medical expenses related to the vaping-induced injuries.
  • Lost Wages and Future Earnings: If the injuries result in the victim being unable to work or if there is a significant impact on their earning capacity, compensation may be pursued for lost wages and potential future earnings.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages, such as physical and emotional pain and suffering, may be considered in these lawsuits. This type of compensation aims to address the subjective and personal impact of the injuries on the victim's quality of life.
  • Emotional Distress: Emotional distress damages may be sought if the victim experiences severe anxiety, depression, or other psychological effects as a result of the vaping-related injuries.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, punitive damages may be pursued to punish the responsible party for egregious conduct and to deter similar behavior in the future. This type of payment goes beyond compensating the victim and is intended to serve as a form of punishment.

In extreme cases where a vaping-related lung injury causes or contributes to your loved one’s death, surviving family members can also pursue a wrongful death claim. These help compensate you for funeral costs, loss of income support, and the emotional anguish related to profound grief. 

Wrongful death lawsuits can also improve safety standards or remove deadly products from the market, which could help save lives.

Consulting with a knowledgeable vape injury attorney is crucial to understanding your rights and pursuing the appropriate compensation for your unique situation. We can assess the details of your case and guide you through the legal process to seek the compensation you deserve. Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 for your free, confidential consultation.

Popcorn Lung


Normal Airway

Diacetyl, possible diacetyl substitutes


Early BOS

After injury, scars form


Late BOS

Scars cause airways to narrow

Images by National Jewish Health

Wet Lung



Acute Repiratory Distress Syndrome


Normal Alveoli

Normal gas exchange

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Lung with ARDS

Fluid in the alveoli blocked the gas exchange

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What Are the Symptoms of Popcorn Lung and Wet Lung Vaping Injuries?

Popcorn lung and wet lung are serious respiratory conditions that have been associated with vaping. 

It's important to note that symptoms may vary among individuals, and not everyone who vapes will necessarily experience these conditions. However, if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms after vaping, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly. 

Here are the symptoms associated with popcorn lung and wet lung:

Popcorn Lung Symptoms (Bronchiolitis Obliterans)

  • Persistent Cough: A chronic and persistent cough that does not improve over time may be a symptom of popcorn lung.
  • Shortness of Breath: Difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, and a feeling of tightness in the chest can be indicative of respiratory issues.
  • Wheezing: An audible whistling or wheezing sound during breathing may be present, especially when exhaling.
  • Fatigue: Generalized fatigue and weakness may be experienced as the lungs struggle to function properly.
  • Fever: In some cases, individuals with popcorn lung may experience a low-grade fever.
  • Flu-like Symptoms: Symptoms resembling the flu, such as body aches and chills, may be present.

Wet Lung Symptoms (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)

  • Severe Shortness of Breath: Rapid onset of severe difficulty in breathing, often described as feeling "like you can't get enough air."
  • Rapid Breathing: Increased respiratory rate, with the chest moving rapidly in and out.
  • Low Blood Oxygen Levels: Cyanosis, or a bluish tint to the skin and lips, indicating low levels of oxygen in the blood.
  • Confusion: Mental confusion or altered consciousness may occur due to decreased oxygen reaching the brain.
  • Persistent Cough: A cough that may produce foamy or pink-tinged sputum.
  • Extreme Fatigue: Profound fatigue and weakness due to the strain on the respiratory system.

It is essential to remember that these symptoms can overlap with various respiratory conditions, and a thorough medical evaluation is crucial for an accurate diagnosis. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after vaping, it is strongly advised to seek medical attention promptly. Additionally, if you suspect a link between your symptoms and vaping, inform your healthcare provider about your vaping history to ensure a comprehensive assessment.

Once diagnosed, consult with a vaping injury attorney for help securing justice and compensation.

What Does a Vaping Injury Lawyer Do For Your Case?

A vaping injury lawyer plays a crucial role in helping individuals who have suffered harm due to vaping-related injuries, such as popcorn lung or wet lung. 

Here are some key aspects of what a vape injury attorney from Levin Simes does for your case:

  • Investigation: Your lawyer will conduct a comprehensive investigation to gather relevant evidence. This may include medical records, product information, and expert opinions to establish a strong case.
  • Negotiation: In most cases, your attorney can negotiate with the opposing parties to reach a fair settlement without going to trial. This can expedite the resolution process and potentially save you time and stress.
  • Litigation: If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will prepare your case for trial, presenting evidence, witnesses, and legal arguments to the court.

In addition to all these services, your lawyer from Levin Simes will keep you informed about the progress of your case. We stay on top of all legal developments and paperwork deadlines so you can heal in peace.

Having an experienced vaping injury attorney on your side can significantly increase your chances of a favorable outcome in your case. Our track record in personal injury law, product liability, and vaping-related issues is invaluable in navigating the complexities of the legal system and seeking justice for the harm you've suffered.

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Contact Vape Attorneys for Popcorn and Wet Lung Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to vaping, seeking justice and compensation is paramount to rebuilding your life.

Why Hire Levin Simes

At Levin Simes, we have years of experience on the frontline of vaping and JUUL injury cases. Our proven track record of verdicts and settlements speaks for itself, showing real results for injured product users and their families. 

Remember, your health and well-being are of utmost importance. By understanding your rights and taking informed steps, you can make empowered decisions about your legal options. The journey towards justice begins with knowledge, and we are here to provide the guidance you need.

If you believe you have a vaping-related injury case, we encourage you to reach out for a free, confidential consultation. Contact us online or by calling (415) 426-3000 directly. Let us be your advocates in the pursuit of wellness and justice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can file a vaping lung injury lawsuit?

Individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of vaping, including respiratory issues, may be eligible to file a lawsuit. This includes users of e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other vaping devices.

What parties can be held liable in a vaping injury lawsuit?

Potentially liable parties may include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and other entities involved in the production and distribution of vaping products. The specific parties held accountable will depend on the circumstances of each case.

Can I still file a lawsuit if I used multiple vaping products?

Yes, it is possible to file a lawsuit even if you used multiple vaping products. The key is to establish a link between your injuries and the use of these products. A lawyer can help assess the viability of your case.

Is there a time limit for filing a vaping injury lawsuit?

Yes, there is a legal time limit, known as the statute of limitations, for filing a lawsuit. The time frame varies by jurisdiction, and it is crucial to consult with a lawyer promptly to ensure compliance with these deadlines. Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss your window for justice.