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E-Cig Explosion Injuries Increasing, Hospital Records Show

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 warning consumers.

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.