Recently, people have been suffering permanent injuries because of defective and dangerous vape pens and e-cigarettes. The lithium-ion batteries in these products may malfunction, overheat, and spontaneously combust – posing a significant safety threat. Exploding e-cigarettes have caused horrendous injuries from which many victims will never fully recover. Learn the potential risks of vape pens and e-cigs before your habit turns deadly.
Vape Pen and E-Cigarette Injury Statistics
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) work together to track and analyze e-cigarette and vape pen explosions, incidents, and injuries. Although the 2017 report states that as of yet there had not been any e-cig-related deaths, unfortunately, this changed in May 2018. On May 5, a Florida man tragically died from his injuries when a vape pen exploded during use, shooting projectiles into his head and starting a fire. Statistics regarding e-cig injuries from 2009 to 2016 are as follows:
- Consumers reported 195 separate e-cigarette incidents involving explosions or fires in the U.S. from 2009 to 2016.
- Approximately 62% of incidents (121) occurred when the device was in use or in the user’s pocket.
- Some 48% of incidents (48) occurred while the user was charging the device’s battery.
- E-cigarette explosions and fires caused 133 acute injuries and 38 severe injuries (severe injuries include third-degree burns, loss of a body part, and facial injuries).
- The shape of e-cigarettes turns them into “flaming rockets” during battery malfunctions.
The USFA called vape pens and e-cigarettes “new and unique hazards” due to their combination of electronic components and lithium-ion batteries. Fires and explosions from vape pens are relatively uncommon, but they can be catastrophic when they do happen. For this reason, the USFA recommends immediately stopping the use of e-cigarette products that contain lithium-ion batteries. If you have been the victim of a vape pen or e-cigarette incident in Alabama, learn your rights with help from an experienced Mobile personal injury attorney.
What to Do After a Vape Pen and E-Cigarette Injury
Reading the statistics is one thing. Suffering severe burns, lacerations, facial trauma, lost teeth, or permanent disfigurement because of an exploding e-cigarette or vape pen is another. If you or a loved one sustains injuries from a malfunctioning e-cig device, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the vape pen and/or battery manufacturing company. A lawsuit may result in payment for your medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost wages.
Alabama laws require manufacturing companies and distributors to adhere to certain safety rules and regulations when developing e-cigarettes and vape pens. Failure to use reasonable precautions to make these products safe for consumers is an act of negligence that could result in serious injuries or death. In Alabama, “strict product liability” laws pertain to defective product cases. A manufacturing company could be strictly liable (without the need to prove negligence) for vape pen/e-cigarette incidents if the product contained a dangerous defect.
The best thing you can do for yourself after a device-related injury is to hire an experienced local lawyer. A Mobile product liability attorney can go up against major e-cig/vape pen manufacturers and their insurance companies on behalf of injured clients. The severity of these injuries could qualify victims for significant settlements or jury verdicts in the state of Alabama. You could also receive punitive damages if the manufacturer knew or should have known of the risks of the lithium-ion batteries yet failed to prevent injuries.
Contact a Product Liability Attorney Today
Exploding vape pens and e-cigarettes can cause permanent loss of body parts, vision damage, hearing damage, mouth and face injuries, brain injuries, disfiguring burns, and other highly traumatic injuries. It’s your job as an injured consumer to protect your rights by hiring a product liability lawyer after such an incident. An experienced lawyer from Long & Long, Attorneys at Law can help you fight for fair and full compensation for injuries that may last a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.