Lithium-ion batteries are found in everything from smartphones to laptops to Telsa Model S. Additionally, e-cigarettes use lithium-ion batteries. Modern technology uses lithium-ion batteries for all sort of devices, gadgets, and gizmos. Recently in the news there have been occasions where the lithium-ion batteries for e-cigarettes have exploded inside of unsuspecting user’s pockets. See Video. While this appears to be rare compared to the amount of lithium-ion batteries in use; it happens nonetheless. In fact, all of the news about the hover boards exploding and catching fire are due to lithium-ion batteries malfunctioning.
These explosions of the e-cigarettes lithium-ion batteries can result in second and third degree burns, the need for skin grafts, and permanent scarring. See Article. Whenever these type of explosions occur it is important to hold the product manufacturer, retailers, and wholesalers accountable. These explosions that happen while a battery is sitting inside a pant pocket are not due to any comparative negligence on the part of the consumer. The blame is upon the product manufacturer that has a faulty design or provides inferior components that are susceptible to malfunction. Additionally, for the retailers and wholesalers for selling these products. If this happens to you, then you need to be aware that you may have a legal claim of action against the responsible parties which would cover your medical costs and possibly pain and suffering. Medical costs for these types of explosions can reach in the thousands. The initial pain of the explosion, the severe pain of a burn (second or third degree), the need for skin grafts, and permanent scarring are all reasons to seek out legal counsel to hold the parties responsible for their conduct.
This issue will continue to grow as more and more users of traditional cigarettes switch over to e-cigarettes and the popularity of vaping among youth is on the rise. Just add this to the list of potential risks involved with using this product along with the toxicity issues that are arising. The FDA has not yet regulated e-cigarettes as of March 22, 2016. This means that the likelihood of consumers being harmed is fairly high. If you find yourself harmed from an e-cigarette lithium-ion battery explosion then you should seek out an attorney knowledgeable on the subject matter.
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