Stockton Personal Injury Lawyers Explains E-Cigarette Injuries
Defective products cause serious injuries all the time. With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes comes the increase of e-cigarette related injuries. If you have been injured from an electronic cigarette or another defective product, call one of our personal injury lawyers for legal advice.
E-Cigarette History and Development
In the last couple decades, the world has seen significant progress in the development of small, lightweight and powerful battery technology. Specifically, the rechargeable lithium ion battery has revolutionized the portable electronics industry. The advent of this technology has brought a flood of innovation in the small electronics space, and the e-cigarette is one of the fastest growing products in the category. E-Cigs were developed in China in the early 2000’s, and made their way into the United States and Europe a few years later. Skyrocketing in popularity over the next few years, E-Cigarettes are now used by more than 2.5 million Americans and it represents a multi-billion dollar industry.
Cigarettes are one of the most heavily regulated products sold in the United States, but E-Cigarettes have yet to gain the same level of attention from regulators. According to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), only E-Cigs marketed for “therapeutic purposes” are regulated by the FDA. It should be noted however, that this lack of regulation will likely be short lived as law makers and regulators across the country scramble to develop a regulatory framework to combat the dangers of vaping. If you have any questions, contact one of our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.
Lithium Ion Batteries
The size of ER-Cigarettes and the batteries that power them may come as a surprise to many after they have witnessed the aftermath of a catastrophic failure of one of these devices. An incredible amount of damage to yourself and your property can be caused by vaping explosions. The main injuries reported by victims of vaping explosions include:
- Flame Burns – The vaping device explodes or catches fire, causing burns to victim’s legs, buttocks, torso, face, arms and / or hands. Smoke inhalation injuries as a result of fire to property have also been reported
- Chemical Burns – These can be caused by battery leakage or explosion. The battery contains an Alkali chemical solution to generate power, and when the casing fails, the chemicals leak out causing chemical burns.
- Blast Injuries – The size and shape of E-Cigarette devices turn it into a dangerous projectile when a critical battery failure causes explosion. The device explodes into sharp and dangerous pieces of shrapnel that cause burns, laceration and even bruising. Injuries from the blasts shockwave have also been reported.
Injured During an E-Cig Explosion ?
If you have been injured while vaping, or experienced a catastrophic E-Cigarette failure while it was on your person, it is imperative that you get medical attention right away. Even if you do not feel injured or see any visible signs of injury, do not treat the situation lightly. E-Cigarettes and the batteries that power them contain powerful chemicals that can burn your skin. The personal injury lawyers at this law firm have deep experience and practice in product liability law and will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Please call us for a free consultation today!