E-cigarettes and handheld vaporizers have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to cigarettes. These small, battery-powered devices produce a heated nicotine vapor from a flavored solution, allowing individuals to mimic the sensation of smoking. While the jury is still out on whether or not “vaping” is healthier than cigarettes, vaping enthusiasts should be aware of a more immediate and potentially more deadly concern: e-cigarette explosions.
Numerous reports have surfaced in recent years of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in these devices combusting while being used, charged, or stored in a user’s pocket, leaving smokers with serious third-degree burns as well as damage to the teeth, tongue, lips, fingers, and hands. In many cases, these explosions are caused by overheating.
Battery overheating can result from:
- External heat
- Short circuiting
- Using mismatched chargers
What Compensation Can I Pursue?
While these devices may be popular, they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, meaning that their safety has not been fully tested and that consumers may likely be being sold dangerous products without their knowledge. If you or a loved one have been injured by an exploding electronic cigarette, you may have grounds to take legal action against the device’s manufacturer under the legal principle of “product liability.”
You may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Skin graft surgeries
- Lost present and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
Vape Explosion Lawyer in Savannah, Georgia
At Karsman McKenzie & Hart, our Savannah personal injury attorneys have fought to protect the rights of injured clients for decades and have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements along the way. If your electronic smoking device has caused you harm, we have the knowledge and skills to help you seek maximum compensation for your suffering.