Over the last several years e-cigarettes have become increasingly popular in the United States, as they provide a seemingly safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, there have been numerous cases as of e-cigarette users sustaining serious burns as the result of exploding batteries. Just a few days ago, a Florida man ended up in a medically-induced coma because of burns he received when his e-cig battery exploded, and he’s not the only one. Throughout November in particular, we saw a handful of similar cases across the United States. The frequency in which this is happening is raising questions about the safety of these devices and whether or not we jumped the gun on approving them for such widespread use. As Oklahoma personal injury lawyers, we are staying on top of these e-cig exploding cases in order to provide you with the most up-to-date information.
E-Cig Explosion Lawsuits
Unfortunately, the majority of the cases of exploding e-cigs that we have seen thus far across the nation have resulted in serious, life-threatening burns. In the instance of the Florida man, the burns were so severe and painful that doctors felt the proper course of action was to place him in a coma on purpose, as it was the only way to alleviate the amount of pain he was experiencing.
As of now, authorities and industry experts have yet to determine when, exactly, e-cig batteries are most likely to explode. The e-cig industry is still relatively unknown territory for U.S. officials, in a large part because 90 percent of the products and batteries are manufactured in China, so there is no way to hold those companies accountable. The industry is still pretty unregulated, making it difficult to pinpoint what the problems are and how we can resolve them.
E-cig batteries can explode during charging, transport, and even while vaping, as was the case of the young Florida man. As we continue to see more and more similar cases, it is clear that the safety of e-cigs have become a national problem and public safety is at risk. According to data compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there have been 25 incidences of e-cig explosions from 2009-2014, however, those numbers may not account for many other e-cig explosions because they were compiled based solely on news reports. It should be noted that while some of the reported explosions occurred when users were actually smoking the device or carrying it with them, the majority took place while the battery was being charged.
In addition to severe burns, some of the other common injuries that can occur when e-cig batteries explode include respiratory problems and nicotine toxicity.
Contact Atkins & Markoff Today
If you or a loved one sustained burns or other serious injuries as the result of an e-cig battery explosion or some other malfunction with the device, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our product defect lawyers are well-versed in these types of cases and will do everything we can to represent you in a court of law.