There has been a recent influx in lawsuits alleging that electronic cigarettes contain defects causing them to explode in the hands of smokers, causing serious injury. Currently, e-cigarettes constitute a multi-billion dollar industry with millions of users. According to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration, e-cigarettes use lithium ion batteries that include flammable liquid electrolytes that can explode when they overheat, such as when they receive too much voltage while charging.
Despite rapidly growing sales, the industry is still largely unregulated, with minimal safeguards in place to protect the consumer. Thankfully, the legal system provides a channel for injured parties to recover for the damages suffered because of defective products. Recently, a California State Superior Court jury awarded a woman nearly $1.9 million after she initiated a claim against the distributor, wholesaler, and store where she purchased vaping devices that exploded in her hand. Another individual filed suit in California, stating that an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. Injuries reported as a result of defective e-cigarettes include burns, concussions, tongue injuries, and an amputated finger.
If you have been injured because of a defective product or because of the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have incurred.