Chicago Lithium-Ion Battery Injury Attorneys
Working with Clients Injured by Defective Batteries Throughout Cook County, Illinois, and Across the Country
Modern life as we know it is dependent upon the ability to carry and use our portable electronic devices without them being plugged in at all times. Everyday products, like smart phones, laptops, and tablets all use lithium-ion batteries. Other products that are becoming more and more common, like hover boards and e-cigarettes, also use this same battery technology. The manufacturers of the batteries boast that they are portable, have the ability to hold charges for extended periods of time and charge very quickly. However, these conveniences come with serious risks of injury. More and more, news reports about the real and serious risk of injury that these batteries present are being reported daily. One only needs to look at the debacle regarding Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 cellphone to understand how dangerous devices that use these batteries can be. Almost immediately upon their release in August 2016, there were reports of the phones catching on fire and exploding, with one even igniting on a passenger plane.
Samsung initially attempted to rectify the issue by recalling the phones, changing battery suppliers, and updating the phone’s software. Unfortunately for the manufacturer, the phone continues to have problems related to the battery, forcing Samsung to stop selling the phones entirely.
E-cigarettes and hover boards have all experiences similar problems. However, manufacturers have failed to fix these defective batteries. Retailers have steadfastly refused to pull the batteries from their shelves. This problem is compounded by the fact that retailers have failed to warn the public of the risk that that the battery will explode. Corporations that put their profits ahead of the public’s safety need to be held accountable.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Are More Common Than You May Expect
Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous, and you may have them in your house or even on your person right now without even knowing it. Some of the more common devices that are often powered by lithium-ion batteries include:
- Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigs”)
- Gaming systems
- Portable chargers
When lithium-ion batteries explode or catch fire, they can cause significant damage to property and seriously injure their users. For this reason, victims should retain an attorney as soon as possible to make sure their rights are protected.
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If you have been injured by a defective lithium-ion battery, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Examples of the kinds of damages that are often recoverable in consumer product liability cases include medical expenses, lost income, property damage, loss of quality of life, and physical or emotional pain and suffering. Pullano Law Offices serves clients throughout the Chicago area, Illinois, and around the country. We can meet you at a time and place that is convenient for you. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney, call 312-551-1100 or contact us online today.