Chicago E-Cigarette Injury Attorney
E-cigarette exploding battery injury attorney

Chicago E-Cigarette Injury Attorney

Lawyers Assisting With Burn Injuries From Defective Batteries in Illinois and Throughout the U.S.

The dangers of smoking tobacco are well-known, and as a result, the use of traditional cigarettes has declined significantly in recent decades. However, a new form of smoking has risen to take its place in recent years: e-cigarettes. These devices promise to deliver nicotine or other substances through the inhalation of vapor, supposedly eliminating the potential risks of lung cancer that can result from inhaling smoke. While the jury is still out on the long term health risks of vaping, users of vape products face additional immediate dangers in the form of devices that explode or catch fire.

Electronic cigarettes, which are also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, or vape pens, use a heating element to vaporize a liquid that can be inhaled. In order to quickly generate high temperatures, these devices use powerful lithium-ion batteries. Unfortunately, these devices have been known to explode, which can cause serious burn injuries to e-cigarette users or others who are nearby. The root cause of these explosions are lithium-ion batteries. These batteries were not designed for this type of use and do not contain the necessary safety features that regular AA and AAA batteries have that prevent explosions. As a result, lithium-ion batteries are not a safe source of energy for vape devices.

Chicago E-Cigarette Injury Attorney

At Pullano Law Offices, we have worked with multiple clients who have suffered injuries from exploding vape pens, and we understand the damage that these devices can cause. We will aggressively prosecute claims against the manufacturers of these dangerous products while keeping two goals in mind at all times: (1) obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries, including medical care, income lost, pain and suffering experienced, and disfigurement; and (2) compelling negligent manufacturers to make these batteries safe so that people are not injured in the future.

Potential Dangers from Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries provide a powerful, long-lasting charge, and they are used in a wide variety of devices, including cell phones, laptop computers, power tools, and children’s toys. However, they are not a good substitute for the alkaline batteries used in many small, handheld devices. Instead, lithium-ion batteries function best and are safest when multiple cells are packaged together in a single unit and encased in a protective plastic coating known as a “battery pack.” The battery packs not only protect the individual battery cells inside from being damaged, but the pack itself contains safety features that prevent the batteries from experiencing a thermal runaway. As a result, the lithium-ion batteries stored in a battery pack cannot short circuit and explode.

E-cigarettes and other small devices utilize lithium-ion batteries in a way they were never designed for, and this creates significant hazards. Without the necessary plastic coating or protections in place to prevent thermal runaway, these batteries are much easier to damage, and single battery cells that are used individually are more likely to short out and explode. Coins and change in a person’s pocket that come into contact with the lithium ion battery cell can cause it to short circuit and explode unexpectedly. Few people are aware of the high risks of using these products, and explosions have been known to cause extreme burn injuries to the face, hands, legs, or other body parts. Many e-cigarette and battery manufacturers are aware the batteries are being utilized in e-cigarettes and vape devices and the history of these products exploding and severely burning people, and they should be held accountable for the harm caused by their negligence.

Pursuing Compensation from Manufacturers and Distributors

Addressing Negligence Involving Dangerous Products

As with other product liability cases, those who are injured by exploding vape pens can pursue compensation from product manufacturers who designed faulty products, made manufacturing errors that caused a product to be dangerous, or failed to provide the proper warnings about the dangers of injury when using the product. Unfortunately, pursuing a lawsuit against e-cigarette makers can be a complex process, since many of these products are manufactured outside the United States. However, distributors or retailers inside the U.S. who distributed or sold dangerous vape pens to consumers may be liable for injuries caused by these devices. Companies who knowingly manufactured batteries for use in these devices may also be held responsible for injuries caused by exploding batteries.

Dangerous Batteries and Devices

Lithium-ion batteries are not the same as the AA or AAA batteries most people use in devices like handheld radios, children’s toys, or flashlights. Even though these high-powered batteries are not appropriate for such uses, the potential profits that can be realized in the e-cigarette market have led manufacturers to ignore their customers’ safety and create batteries that have put many people in danger. In addition to vape pens, lithium-ion batteries are also used to power many cell phones and devices such as hoverboards, digital cameras, smart watches, or remote-control toys. All of these devices can present possible dangers to their users, and those who have been injured when the batteries in these devices explode or catch fire should work with an attorney to pursue compensation from negligent manufacturers.

Assistance From the Experts

At Pullano Law Offices, we have represented multiple clients in cases involving burns and other injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes. We have extensive experience handling the legal issues involved in pursuing compensation from negligent manufacturers, distributors, or sellers. We work with a team of industry experts, including electrical engineers, battery safety experts, and wound care professionals in order to hold the wrongdoers accountable. Our experts will fully investigate the identity of the manufacturer of the battery, exactly why the battery at issue exploded, and what safety standards the manufacturer violated that contributed to the battery exploding. Additionally, we will investigate all prior incidents of this battery exploding in order to show the manufacturers’ callous disregard for the safety of the public. Our experienced team is ready to go to work as soon as you are injured in order to obtain full justice on your behalf.

Recent News

California Woman Dies of Vaping-Related Lung Injury, Officials Say

June 12th, 2020 - A California woman has died from vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI), officials announced on Thursday. Read More

E-Cigarettes May Up Heart Rate, Blood Pressure in Young People

April 29th, 2020 - Researchers have found that nicotine-filled e-cigarettes can increase heart rate and blood pressure in young people after a vaping session. Read More

Vaping Could Up Risks for Asthma, COPD and Other Lung Diseases

April 4th, 2020 - Researchers have found that e-cigarettes are harmful on their own, and the effects are independent of smoking conventional tobacco. Read More

Recent and Current Cases

3 Maryland Counties Sue E-Cigarette Maker Juul

Three Maryland counties have filed lawsuits against the e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., arguing the company intentionally marketed its products to underage customers and contributed to a youth vaping epidemic, according to the court filings.

Carbon Man Claims E-Cigarette Explodes, Causing Injuries, Fire

A Carbon County man filed a civil suit in the county court alleging an e-cigarette he was using exploded, causing him first-degree burns and setting fire to his bedroom set and mattress.

Vape Pen Explodes in Man’s Pocket

A Colorado man suffered third degree burns when his vape pen exploded, and he required skin grafting.

How common are e-cigarette and
lithium-ion battery injuries?

A report found that more than 2,000 people visited the emergency room for these types of injuries from 2015 to 2017. The number of incidents are likely to increase in the future as well.

What types of injuries can
occur in vape pen explosions?

Severe burns and disfigurement to face, hands, and legs can result from an explosion while using an e-cigarette. People have also lost eyes and teeth or been killed by the shrapnel from an explosion.

Are children at risk
of e-cigarette injuries?

Statistics show that around 50% of high school students use vape pens, and many children carry these devices in their backpacks, putting them at risk of serious injury.

What types of devices
use lithium-ion batteries?

In addition to e-cigarettes and vape pens, dangerous batteries are used in smartphones, watches, laser pointers, e-scooters, hoverboards, remote-control drones, and laptop computers.

Contact Us Today

If you have been injured by an exploding e-cigarette, vape pen, or another device that uses a lithium-ion battery, we can help you pursue compensation for your damages. Contact us at 312-551-1100 or fill out the contact form below:

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