Recently, a high school student in Albertville, Alabama, was hospitalized with burns to his face and neck when another student’s electronic cigarette exploded inside a classroom. This event is one of many incidents that illustrate the major safety issues with e-cigarettes. The devices—particularly the lithium ion batteries—can explode or catch fire. This injury in Albertville was not life-threatening, but many others have been far worse. In a previous issue, we wrote about a Florida man who was placed into a medically induced coma after his e-cigarette exploded in his mouth. More recently, a California man lost an eye and was seriously burned as a result of an e-cigarette explosion.
Two more incidents involving teenagers occurred within a week of the Albertville explosion. In Paso Robles, California, a 17-year-old was sitting in his car listening to music and laughing with friends when his e-cigarette exploded. He was airlifted to a burn unit and the debris from the explosion knocked out teeth and burned a hole through his tongue. Another 17-year-old of Ogden, Utah, suffered injuries when he put his e-cigarette into his mouth and pressed the ignition device. The explosion burned a hole into the back of his throat and caused serious cuts and burns.
The examples we see are only those publicized because of the severity of injuries. It is very likely that more devices are malfunctioning. Despite the recent increase in popularity, e-cigarettes are largely unregulated and lack adequate safety standards. Sharp growth in the popularity of e-cigarettes, lack of regulation and the lack of safety standards in the industry are attributes of a product that will likely continue to cause harm to persons who use the products. There will certainly be an increase of litigation involving e-cigarettes.
Lawyers at Beasley Allen are currently investigating potential claims on behalf of individuals who have suffered injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes. If you would like more information, someone you know has been injured by a fire or explosion of one of these devices, or have specific questions, you can contact William Sutton, a lawyer in our firm’s Toxic Torts Section. He can be reached at 800-898-2034 or by email at William.Sutton@beasleyallen.com.
Source: Personal Injury Law Journal
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