Electronic cigarettes have become wildly popular throughout the United
States as both a smoking cessation product and a form a recreation even
non-smokers enjoy. While e-cigs, or vapes, are touted as safer alternatives
to traditional cigarettes, they still pose risks to consumers, including
risks of burns and injuries caused by explosions.
According to a recent presentation at the American Burn Association’s
annual conference last month, an informal poll of roughly 20 hospital
burn center representatives counted close to 300 burn cases serious enough
to require hospitalization in just the past several weeks and months.
Medical professionals agree that e-cig related injuries are increasing
steadily, and that burn injuries specifically from exploding vape devices
are becoming more common.
The problem stems from lithium-ion batteries that power the e-cigs and
instantly heat oils in the vaping pens to roughly 400 degrees, where they
become vapor rather than combusting into smoke. Unfortunately, these batteries
can short circuit internally due to manufacturing defects, or externally
when they come into contact with metal, which can be present in someone’s
pocket in the form of keys, jewelry, or even coins. Manufacturers often
fail to warn consumers about these risks.
While e-cig advocates argue that risks are manageable and accidents rare,
others state that the explosions can be so powerful that when they do
occur, they result in devastating injuries, including deep and severe
burns that require extensive treatment and put victims on the hook for
hefty medical bills. The force of an exploding e-cig can also knock out
a victim’s teeth or potentially fracture vertebrae if they fall
into a user’s mouth. Due to chemicals used in the lithium-ion batteries,
victims often experience what is similar to a chemical burn on top of
a thermal burn.
E-cigs are relatively new innovations, having first become available in
the U.S. in 2007. As a result, there is still a great deal of concern
about how they should be regulated and whether these products are being
manufactured as safely as they can. As risks become known, questions are
also being raised about whether manufacturers should be more adequately
When it comes to consumer products that cause preventable injuries, victims
have the right to pursue a recovery of their damages – including
their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more –
by filing a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits are filed against
manufacturers that fail to uphold their legal obligation of taking reasonable
measures to safely design, manufacture, and market a product to the public.
When their failures and negligence lead to preventable injuries, they
can be held liable for the damages victims suffer.
At Dean Law Firm, our Midland personal injury lawyers are available to
help victims harmed by defective products protect their right to compensation.
With decades of combined experience and an in-depth understanding of
product liability law, our legal team knows how to clearly and convincingly establish fault
and liability in cases involving defective products, and illustrate how
these products caused harm to consumers who believed they were safe. We
know that injuries can disrupt the lives of victims and their loved ones,
create extensive financial burdens, and significantly impact their quality
of life. It’s why we fight for the maximum compensation possible
In addition to handling the legal elements of a product liability claim,
our team also leverages our insight, reputation, and resources to level
the playing field between our clients and the large corporations they
go up against when taking legal action over an unsafe product. With a
proven team by your side, you can put yourself in position to secure the
compensation you rightfully deserve.
If you have questions about e-cig injuries or wish to discuss a potential
defective product case with a member of our team,
contact us today for a FREE consultation.