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Diacetyl & Popcorn Lung

Jessie Hoerman Jul 21, 2019

What is Diacetyl? 

Diacetyl is both a man-made chemical compound and something that occurs naturally in certain foods or food processes. Diacetyl is used to mimic the taste, texture and smell of butter.

Diacetyl is a highly toxic chemical compound that can cause permanent, severe and potentially lethal lung disease in workers and consumers. Many workers are not aware they are working with this chemical and, therefore, not taking steps to protect themselves.

What is the Signature Injury?

Bronchiolitis obliterans (also referred to as “popcorn lung” and “flavor-related lung disease”) is an extremely serious, non-reversible and obstructive lung disease in which the bronchioles of the lungs are blocked by the growth of fibrous tissue.

Bronchiolitis obliterans is difficult to diagnose and is often misdiagnosed as a different lung disease such as COPD, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis or other diseases.

How many lawsuits have been filed and where?

Diacetyl/”Popcorn lung” cases have been filed individually in numerous state courts depending upon the supplier and/or manufacturer of the flavoring and the plaintiff.

These are not mass tort cases.

Who are the injured individuals?

Individuals who may have been exposed to the dangerous toxins at work and are now experiencing serious lung injuries.

Diacetyl-containing flavors are heated in the following food industries and may cause workers harm if not properly protected:

  • Popcorn manufacturing
  • Coffee roasting and grinding
  • Pet food manufacturing
  • Tortilla factories
  • Bakeries
  • Flavoring industries

In addition, diacetyl is used to flavor “e-juice” heated in Juul and e-cigarettes and inhaled by those that use e-cigarettes.

What does SimplyConvert’s “all-knowing” chatbot know?

SimplyConvert walks all potential clients through a series of questions regarding lung injuries they believe could be caused -by exposure to the dangerous chemical, diacetyl.

When contracts are enabled on SimplyConvert, individuals who have been diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans and believe they were exposed to diacetyl will receive a contract. If an individual has not yet been diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans but is experiencing other symptoms or has a different diagnosis, will receive a “pending review” notification and further questions will need to be asked to determine if they can be assisted.

When contracts are disabled on SimplyConvert, individuals that meet the requirements of a diacetyl lawsuit will be marked as “Pending Review” and you may want to consider sending a contract out.

What should my firm do with Diacetyl Cases?

One of the goals of creating our “all-knowing” bot was the ability to offer legal users the best legal representation possible – instantly. In many instances your firm will be the best option for a client that finds you online. But, in some instances, your firm may not have the proper resources or experience in a particular area of law to help an individual that is asking for your help.

In these situations, everyone wins by using the SimplyConvert referral management platform.

SimplyConvert partners with law firms that are actively involved in the litigations, giving potential claimants the best shot at a successful outcome. In addition, as a conduit to these law firms, your firm has the opportunity to create an additional revenue stream in the form of referral fees.

We truly believe that the best lawyers for those exposed to Diacetyl are those that are actively involved in these cases and we have worked out a relationship with these lawyers that we are happy to share with you upon request.

Why not be part of the solution to giving users the best possible representation and “enable” these contracts?