E-Cigarette Users Sue Over Exploding Devices
Electronic Cigarette Lawsuits: E-cigs have been marketed as a safe alternative to cigarette smoking, but recently the devices have been reported to explode, causing fires and serious burn injuries. They also have been found to produce formaldehyde and other dangers toxins such as diacetyl.
July 3, 2016 – Rachel Berven pushed the activation button & claimed the e-cigarette exploded, ripping a hole in her mouth and spewing battery acid across her body, according to the Wall Street Journal.
June 10, 2016 – A man from Tustin, CA., spent a week in the hospital after an electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth, according to CBS News.
June 8, 2016 – A 22-year-old man from Muskogee, Olka., has filed a lawsuit against a local vape shop after an electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth, according to FOX23 News.
May 10, 2016 – California resident Joseph Cavins filed a lawsuit after he lost an eye while vaping at home, according to ABC News.
How Do E-Cigarettes Work?
Most e-cigarettes consist of three different components, including:
- a cartridge, which holds a liquid solution containing varying amounts of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals
- a heating device (vaporizer)
- a power source (usually a battery)
In many e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge.
Since hitting the U.S. market in 2007, e-cigarettes, which heat liquid nicotine and other ingredients into an inhalable vapor, have been touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and a path to quitting smoking. But some lawyers and consumers say the $3.5 billion industry isn’t doing enough to address a potential hazard: cheaply made lithium-ion batteries in the products that can unexpectedly explode (SARA RANDAZZO, Wall Street Journal).
Experts hired by plaintiffs in e-cigarette lawsuits say the lithium-ion batteries can lack controls to prevent either overcharging or discharging to a voltage that is too low, which can cause combustion. The batteries also can lack a hollow center core that would allow gas to escape slowly.
Are E-Cigarettes Safe?
Gill & Chamas Awards for Defective Products & Burn Injuries:
- Suit Over Worker’s Death in Fire at Chemical Plant Settles for $11.7 Million
- $8.7 Million for Faulty Dishwasher Causing Fatal House Fire
- 8 Product Suit Over Martial-Arts Injury Settles for $7.5 Million in Monmouth County
- 10 Apartment Building Owner, Manager To Pay $5 Million to Tenants in Burn Case
- Products liability – wrongful death – driver ejected through sunroof settles for $1.285 M.
- $1,000,000 for loss of eye due to defective product used in tire repair.
- Verdict of $1,000,000 in products liability lawsuit for fractured thigh bone.
- Toy Importer To Pay $800,000 for Child’s Loss of Sight From Impact
Electronic Cigarette Lawsuits in New Jersey
If you or a loved one suffered an injury after smoking or accidentally being exposed to an e-cig, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.