E-cigarettes, also called e-cigs or vapes, turn liquefied nicotine solutions into inhalable vapor using high-powered lithium ion batteries. Vape devices and accessories have turned into a huge industry producing $7 billion in annual sales.
Unfortunately, many users don’t know that the batteries used in these devices can explode, causing serious and permanent injuries. This is a serious issue affecting e-cig users. According to data collected from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospitals admitted 2,035 e-cig burn victims between 2015 and 2017. This is 40 times more than the number of victims reported by the FDA between 2009 and 2015. Furthermore, at least two deaths have been attributed to exploding vape pens since 2018.
If you or someone you love were injured or disfigured by a vape explosion or fire, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Green Bay product liability lawyers have experience helping injured victims get money for their medical bills and lost wages, and we’re ready to help you, too. Contact us now to get started.
How E-Cigarette Injuries Occur
Vape manufacturers aren’t required to add consumer warnings to product packaging, and e-cigarettes and accessories aren’t required to undergo safety testing before being made available for purchase. Due to defective design and negligent manufacturing processes, the lithium ion polymer batteries that power these devices can be prone to failure.
The batteries have a cylindrical shape, like the barrel of a gun. The ends of the battery—the weakest point of the structure—can rupture, releasing pressure strong enough to shoot fragments across a room. Battery fires aren’t limited to batteries in a device either. Spare batteries can also explode.
Vape battery failures and explosions can happen at any time, not just when they are in use. This includes when devices are being carried in a pocket, stored and unattended, or being charged. According to a U.S. Fire Administration study, 66% of the reported e-cig explosions also resulted in the ignition of nearby items including clothing.
You deserve to be able to trust the products you buy, which is why we want to hold e-cigarette companies accountable for the injuries they cause to consumers like you.
What to Do if Your E-Cigarette Explodes
If you were injured in an e-cigarette explosion, there are several important steps you should take to improve your chances of getting compensation for your injuries. They include:
- Document your injuries with photos.
- Seek medical treatment.
- Gather contact information of any witnesses to the explosion.
- Do not throw away the remains of the e-cigarette and batteries, or anything damaged or burned in the fire or explosion. These can serve as important evidence later.
- Contact a defective product injury lawyer to begin building your case.
Can I File a Compensation Claim Against the E-Cigarette Maker?
There is precedent. In Sept. 2015, a California woman was awarded nearly $1.9 million in damages after receiving severe burns after her e-cigarette exploded while plugged into her car charger, spilling chemicals onto her lap and setting her clothing and seat on fire.
The jury agreed with her lawyer’s argument that e-cigarette companies must be held liable for being “involved in the distribution of a product that failed to conform to any kind of reasonable safety expectation – battery chargers should not explode – and failed to warn about known dangers.”
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Defective Product Lawyer?
Unless we win you money, you pay us absolutely nothing. Even your consultation is free. Call today to speak with our legal team and begin the process of getting compensation for your e-cigarette injury-related expenses.
What Types of E-Cigarette Injuries Are Eligible for Compensation?
Injuries that may be caused by e-cigarette fires and explosions include:
- Facial and limb scarring
- Loss of fingers
- Severe thermal and chemical burns
- Vision damage or blindness
- Shrapnel wounds
- Dental trauma
If you or a loved one were injured after using an e-cig or vape pen, our attorneys can review your case and help fight for the compensation you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We never charge for consultations, so don’t hesitate to contact our Appleton legal team today to discuss your injury.
What Compensation is Available for Victims of Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries?
Because e-cigarette burns can cause severe and permanent injury, including disfigurement, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Types of compensation our defective product lawyers can fight for on your behalf include:
- Medical expenses related to treatment
- Future medical expenses related to permanent injury
- Damages for physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of wages during recovery
- Loss of earning capacity if you are permanently unable to work due to your injury
Get Help From Our E-Cigarette Injury Lawyers
You’re not alone if you or a loved one were injured by a defective e-cigarette or vape device. In the state of Wisconsin, there are strict deadlines to file an injury claim, so don’t wait to get the help you need. Our Green Bay defective product lawyers are ready to talk to you about your case. Contact Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers and let us help you protect your rights.