E-Cigarette Explosion Lawsuits Allege Users Suffer Serious Burns To Their Face, Arms, Legs, And Other Body Parts When The E-Cigarettes Or Batteries Explode.
A growing number of e-cigarette explosion victims are being treated for serious burns to their face, arms, legs, and other body parts. One Colorado doctor said she has seen four e-cigarette-related burn patients from December to early January. Users of e-cigarettes who have been injured have started filing e-cigarette lawsuits claiming the manufacturers and retailers failed to properly warn about the dangerous risks associated with the electronic cigarettes.
In one reported instance, Dr. Anne Wagner treated a 19-year-old man at University of Colorado Hospital Burn Center in Aurora whose e-cigarette battery exploded after rubbing up against a coin in his pocket. He said his right leg was so badly burned that he needed skin grafts. Most of the injuries treated at the burn center involved coins that caused batteries in pockets to swell and explode. In a separate case, a 29-year-old Colorado man said he suffered a broken neck, facial fractures, burns to his mouth and shattered teeth after an e-cigarette blew up in his face in November. The Colorado man was one of three men nationwide who, from September to November, suffered burns and other severe injuries while smoking e-cigarettes.
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More than 2.5 million Americans are using e-cigarettes and the numbers continue to climb. The devices have become a popular alternative for people who want to quit smoking traditional tobacco products or reduce the amount of packs they smoke each day. Some e-cigarattes look like traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes, while others resemble a flashlight or a small pack of cigarettes with a protruding tube. E-cigarettes are powered by a lithium-ion battery and simulates traditional tobacco smoking by producing a heated vapor of liquid nicotine which is inhaled by the smoker. The devices are not yet regulated by any federal agency. Between 2009 and 2014, 25 incidents were reported of explosion or fire involving e-cigarettes, according to a U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report. Nine of the explosions involved injuries but no deaths were reported. Due to their shape, e-cigarettes are more likely than other products with lithium batteries to act like “flaming rockets” when a battery fails, the USFA report said.
Due to their injuries, e-cigarettes users are filing lawsuits after sustaining severe burns to their face, mouth, hands, legs, and other body parts due to the e-cigarettes or their lithium ion-battery exploding. In one case that went to a jury trial, a California woman was awarded $1.9 million In October after she sustained second-degree burns on her legs, buttocks and hand when the battery she was charging in her vehicle exploded. The e-cigarette explosion lawsuits contend the devices are defective and e-cigarette makers misrepresented the safety of their products and failed to warn that some e-cigarettes still contain carcinogens, which can cause cancer.
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