Electronic cigarettes, sometimes called “vapes,” are battery-operated products used by many to stop smoking, or as an alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes. A heated coil inside the device turns liquid into a vapor that users inhale. Immediate concern about the devices involves the tendency for the battery to explode.
Vapes are powered by lithium-ion batteries that are known to have safety issues. The batteries can explode if they are charged for too long or if they come in contact with metals. People have been injured while using the device, storing the device, or carrying the device in their pocket.
If you were unexpectedly injured while using one of these devices, do not wait to speak to an attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. for a free, confidential consultation: (254) 938-6885.
Devastating Consequences from Battery Explosions
While battery explosions are rare, the consequences can be devastating. A vape battery explosion includes smoke, flames, and ejection of pieces of the device or battery, causing property damage or injury to the user. If the device is used near flammable materials, a fire can catch and spread. Because the battery is so close to the user’s face, they can suffer burns or be struck by projectiles from the device, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
The USFA reported that there were 195 vape fire and explosions between 2009 and 2016. Of these, 80% resulted in moderate injuries, requiring the individuals to be treated for smoke inhalation, second-degree burns, and lacerations.
Recently, two men were killed in separate incidences when their vapes exploded. In 2018, a Florida man suffered burns on 80% of his body and was killed when a piece of the device was shot into his head. More recently, in February 2019, a Texas man suffered a stroke when his vape exploded and a piece of it severed his carotid artery.
Individuals are now filing lawsuits against manufacturers, claiming the vape caused injuries and lacked proper warning about the hazards of the devices.
Staying Safe with Your Vape
In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began regulating vapes and it now requests that users report any battery-related safety issues.
The agency issued the following safety tips to help users avoid injury:
- Use a device with safety features such as an automatic charging shutoff
- Cover loose batteries so they don’t come into contact with metals
- Do not leave a charging battery unattended
- Get a new battery if the previous one gets wet or damaged
Our Waco Personal Injury Attorneys Work Hard to Get You Justice
If you were injured by an e-cigarette, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for injury-related expenses you incurred. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in previous cases, and our Waco personal injury lawyers are committed to obtaining a favorable outcome for your case as well. We provide you with personalized attention so we can build a strong case on your behalf. When you work with us, you are our top priority, and we work tirelessly to protect your rights and bring to justice those responsible for your injuries.
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