E-Cigarette Battery Explosion Lawsuit Information
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Though they are marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, some users have found electronic cigarettes to be incredibly dangerous. Since hitting the market in 2007, dozens of lawsuits have been filed by e-cig users whose devices overheated, caught fire, or exploded, causing losses and serious injuries. Users have suffered serious groin and thigh burns, finger amputations and burns, facial fractures, tooth loss, holes being blown through their tongue or mouth, and even broken necks and blindness from exploding pens and mods.
If you or someone in your family has been injured by an electronic cigarette fire or explosion, call us today to learn if you are eligible to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
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Safety and Efficacy
Despite being marketed and promoted as safer than traditional cigarettes, the actual safety of these electronic cigarettes is unknown. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at least 134 reports of fires, explosions, and device overheating were reported across the country between 2009 and January 2016.
As the safety of these types of devices continues to be under scrutiny, the FDA has started issuing rules and regulation that aim to increase safety. Most recently, the government agency determined e-cig devices to fall under the same classifications as cigarettes, cigars, roll-your-own, and smokeless tobacco. Under the new rules, device manufacturers will not be able to alter or modify existing devices, nor introduce new devices, coils, and flavors unless it has prior approval from the FDA.
If you were injured or suffered losses when your e-cig caught fire or exploded, you might be eligible for compensation. Call us today to learn more.
Dangers & Complications
While modified devices were believed to the only devices that were exploding, the U.S. Fire Administration found at least 24 reports of pens catching fire or exploding. At first, the industry blamed the fires and explosions on user mishandling. However, we now know that the problem is the batteries. The lithium-ion batteries used in some devices are cheaply made in China and may be coupled with a design that allows them to react to a battery failure like a ‘flaming rocket,’ the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) warned.
Toxic Chemicals and Accidental Poisonings
Unfortunately, people all over the country are learning that vape devices can literally explode in your face, catch fire in your pocket or purse, catch your vehicle, home, or even workplace on fire. For other users, the health risks of e-cigs are causing concern. Studies have found formaldehyde and diacetyl in e-cig liquid, a chemical associated with popcorn lung, and at least one child has died from accidental e-juice poisoning.
If you or someone in your family is suffering an e-cig complication like fire, explosions, burns, broken bones or accident death, contact us today to learn if you legal eligible to seek compensation.
Users of electronic cigarette pens and mods are suffering severe burns and serious injuries when these devices catch fire or explode. In one case, a woman suffered serious burns when her device exploded while she was charging it in her car. A California jury awarded her $1.9 million for her injuries and losses.
Users have reported leg and thigh burns from devices exploding while in pockets and purses. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study reporting that in nine months, 15 patients seen at the University of Washington Medical Center were injured by an e-cig explosion. Of those, 12 were extensively burned requiring wound care and skin grafts, and five suffered chemical burns from the batteries and had to receive wound care treatment. Four more patients suffered blast injuries that caused extensive loss of tissue, tooth loss, and traumatic tattooing from particles embedding under the skin. Most injuries were to the groin and thigh, followed by the hands, and face.
If you were seriously burned in a vaping accident, call us today. You may be eligible for financial compensation.
Exploding e-cigs have caused users serious injuries in addition to burns. In fact, media reports a recent case involved a man who lost a finger and several teeth when his e-cig exploded while he was using it. Another man suffered serious injuries when his vape blew up, including a hole in his tongue, burns to his hand, and the loss of several teeth.
Explosion Causes Blindness
A teen in New York City was testing an e-cig device out in a store when it exploded causing damage to both his eyes, including embedment of foreign particles. In November of 2015, a device exploded causing the user to suffer a broken neck, facial fractures, and teeth loss.
Vape users across the country are suffering severe mouth injuries, face and neck injuries, losing fingers, teeth, eyes, as well as pieces of tongue and lip. If you or a family member suffered a serious burn or severe injury or property loss from an e-cig explosion or fire, call us today. You may be eligible for compensation.
C-cig devices are exploding and catching fire in homes, vehicles, at school, and at work. Even when that work is aboard a military vessel. In fact, evidence from the Naval Safety Center shows that from October 2015 through May 2016, there were 12 vaping incidents of Navy or Marine personnel suffering vape-related fires and explosions. Seven of these fires occurred onboard a vessel, and two of those fires were bad enough that fire equipment was needed to put them out. Eight of these incidents occurred while the pen or mod was in the service member’s pocket resulting in first or second-degree burns. Four explosions caused the military personnel to suffer burns and facial and dental injury. One sailor from the USS Nimitz suffered severe vehicle damage when his e-cig exploded and burned the interior of his car. Needless to say, e-cig devices are no longer permitted onboard.
Banned from Luggage
The risk of vape explosions is so great that the U.S. Department of Transportation has banned them, even in luggage, saying that the devices have started fires. The issue is so bad that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun regulating the devices.
If you or a family member were injured by an exploding e-cig or a vape device that caught fire call us today. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.