Lawsuits Alleging Exploding E-Cigarette Injuries Including Severe Burns After Lithium Ion Battery Explosions.
Alabama burn centers are seeing more victims of exploding e-cigarette injuries seeking treatment after their lithium ion batteries caught fire, according to a report in AL.com. A doctor at the University of Alabama (UAB) Hospital at Birmingham said she recently treated two e-cigarette patients and tracked five patients who sought treatment at the medical clinic for burn injuries caused by exploding e-cigarette batteries. Some patients are hospitalized and some required skin grafts. E-cigarette injuries are being closely looked at after a California woman was awarded $1.9 million in an e-cigarette explosion lawsuit after her e-cigarette exploding while charging.
“Without question, burn injuries from e-cigarette and e-cigarette battery explosions can possibly cause disfigurement for life,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, a practicing attorney and physician who founded Southern Med Law because of his strong advocacy for people harmed by defective medical devices and harmful prescription drugs and unsafe consumer products.
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Dr. Chandra Ellis, director of UAB Hospital’s burn program, told AL.com that one patient suffered a fractured jaw and a broken tooth after an e-cigarette battery exploded in her mouth. Most of the patients Dr. Ellis said she treated had injuries caused by the batteries exploding in their pants pockets. Dr. Ellis said she is collecting e-cigarette injury reports to share with other hospitals since there are no agencies that track such information. In a separate instance, AL.com reported that a woman suffered burns to her hand and leg at her home when an e-cigarette battery exploded in her hand. She threw the product across the room, it landed on a bed and the sheets and mattress caught on fire. In another instance, an Alabama high school student sustained burns to his neck and face when his classmate’s e-cigarette battery overheated and exploded in his face.
[al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/exploding_e-cigarettes_leave_t.html, AL.com, September 2, 2016]
An estimated 2.5 million Americans use e-cigarettes and that figure is expected to steadily increase. The product that heats liquid nicotine and turns it into vapor is popular among teenagers, and people who want to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended its authority to regulate all electronic tobacco products. The federal regulatory agency now requires new tobacco products to undergo a rigorous scientific review before they are allowed to be sold and bans e-tobacco products from being sold to minors under 18 years old.
[usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/electronic_cigarettes.pdf., October 2014]
[fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm499234.htm, FDA, May 5, 2016]
Court documents indicate that e-cigarette lawsuits are being filed that allege the e-cigarettes and their lithium ion batteries are defective and manufacturers and retailers failed to properly warn customers that the products have the potential to explode and cause severe burns on the users’ face, mouth, hands, legs, and other body parts. One of the largest verdicts awarded to date occurred in October 2015. A California woman was awarded $1.9 million after a Riverside County Superior Court jury found she sustained second-degree burns when the lithium ion battery she was charging in her vehicle exploded. (Case No. RIC1306769, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Riverside)
About Southern Med Law And Filing An E-Cigarette Injury Lawsuit
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