Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone? If so, you may be at risk
of serious injury. While once considered the flagship product of the Korean
tech manufacturer and main competitor to Apple, Inc.’s dominant
iPhone, the devices have since been the subject of a massive recall due
to their tendency to overheat and explode, causing fires and
serious burn injuries to consumers.
Why Do the Phones Explode?
The issue is believed to be tied to a defect in the devices’ design,
which places excessive pressure on the phones’ internal lithium
ion battery pack. As a result, the thin plastic layer that separates the
positive and negative sides of the battery can easily become punctured,
resulting in short-circuiting.
Other ways the phones can overheat and combust include:
- Using mismatched chargers
- Overexposure to external heat
- Contact with keys or coins in pockets or bags
- High external temperatures
As it stands, hundreds of reports of
Galaxy Note 7 battery failures and fires have surfaced throughout the globe, with even some replacement
units experiencing the same issue. Due to this risk, Samsung has discontinued
production and recalled every single one of the estimated 1 million Galaxy
Note 7 units sold worldwide. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
has even gone as far as to ban the devices from being brought onboard
any U.S. airplane in any capacity – an unprecedented move.
I’ve Been Injured – Can I Sue?
Samsung is facing numerous lawsuits over injuries to persons and property
caused by the phones, as well as for the company’s alleged mismanagement
of the initial recall. Class-action lawsuits have been filed against the
tech conglomerate in the United States and Canada are currently pending,
with more claimants expected to come forward over time.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone,
you may have grounds to file a
product liability claim in pursuit of a fair settlement for your losses. It is best to consult
with a knowledgeable attorney to determine the most appropriate course
You may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Skin graft surgeries
- Permanent disfigurement
At Karsman, McKenzie & Hart, our powerful
Savannah personal injury lawyers can guide you step-by-step through the legal process and provide the strong
legal support you need to ensure your rights are guarded. Having secured
millions in verdicts and settlements, we have what it takes to maximize your potential financial recovery.
Call (912) 289-0166 or
connect with us online today to take the first step towards filing a claim.