can you be sued if someone uses a vaporizer in your office?
Vaporizers, are essentially electronic devices that are used by smokers, who wish to partake in the consumption of nicotine – without using a traditional cigarette. They are devices that have taken off, in recent years. Most recently, Marc Albert, a Long Island personal injury attorney, filed a lawsuit against a major medical group due to the fact they were allowing patients to use vaporizers in their office. Many of the patients there complained about the smoke; but the doctors and medical staff did nothing to stop it. Now, a personal injury attorney has filed a lawsuit – and is joined by attorney Edmond El Dabe, in Los Angeles, who is also filing a lawsuit in LA against the multi-state clinic.
The story highlights an interesting topic regarding vaporizers, and to what extent they can be allowed, or must be forbidden, by healthcare providers in their offices. In states like New York, people who use vaporizers are grouped together with those who smoke. Consequently, that means you can’t use a vaporizer where you cannot smoke. However, due to the fact vaporizers are new – people know relatively little about the rules and regulations. In the context of healthcare they have a burden, greater than normal business owners.
If you’re a healthcare provider, and allow someone to use a vaporizer in your office, you’re probably risking at the very least, a complaint. If enough people complain to the OPMC or some other medical governing body, you could risk action being taken against you for creating unsafe conditions for those at your office.