Chicago E-Cigarette Injury Attorneys
Assisting Clients Injured by Defective E-Cigarette Products Throughout Lake County, Illinois
Over the past two years, there has been a dramatic rise in the use of e-cigarettes by people trying to quit smoking. Unfortunately, the rise in use has been met with a drastic rise in the injuries associated with the e-cigarettes suddenly exploding due to faulty batteries and/or charging mechanism. In 2016 alone, one burn center at a major hospital reported treating 16 burn injuries from e-cigarette explosions. Many of these injuries can lead to permanent skin damage to your hand, face, neck and leg.
If you have been injured by an exploding e-cigarette or its lithium ion battery, please contact our defective product attorneys for a free consultation. We can help you obtain fair and full compensation for your injuries and protect your rights.
E-Cigarette Product Liability Lawyers
Many of the lithium ion batteries utilized for these devices are clearly defective, made with cheap materials, inadequately tested and fail to contain design alternatives that would prevent catastrophic events. The FDA recently reported that over 3 million middle school aged and high school aged kids are using e-cigarettes. The risks that these devices will explode in backpacks and injuring children or innocent bystanders are extremely concerning. A few of the reports of the explosions that have occurred recently include the following:
- A teenager suffered burn injuries to his thigh after an e-cigarette battery in his pocket blew up after coming in contact with his keys.
- An adult suffered third-degree burns to his leg after a battery exploded in his pocket while entering a Home Depot store.
- A man was paralyzed after his e-cigarette exploded in his face breaking his neck, burning his mouth and knocking out his teeth.
These are just a few recent examples. Many people do not know and understand their rights as victims from potentially defective devices.
Steps You Can Take if You Have Been Injured
You cannot protect yourself from a defectively manufactured e-cigarette and/or battery; however, there are a few steps you can take in exercising caution including the following:
- Make sure you are not purchasing counterfeit batteries or devices;
- Only charge your device with the power adapter that comes with the battery;
- Follow the directions on the charger regarding how to properly charge the batteries; and
- Do not overcharge your battery or leave it plugged in and unattended.
DuPage and Lake County E-Cigarette Explosion Representation
If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of a lithium ion battery explosion, certain steps you can take to ensure that your rights are protected need to be done as soon as possible. First, you need to obtain prompt medical attention and treat your injuries. Next, you need to preserve the device, including the various components to the e-cigarette including the battery and charger. The device will need to be thoroughly examined by an expert to determine why it exploded, what its design flaws were and the types of defects that resulted in the catastrophic event.
At Pullano Law Offices we have experience handling e-cigarette explosion lawsuits and will conduct an investigation and hold the product manufacturers accountable for their negligence. We will also investigate the circumstances surrounding the distribution of this product and determine whether or not the distributors or retailers of the e-cigarettes and/or batteries are liable as well. Call 312-551-1100 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.