Riverside E-Cigarette Explosion Attorney
Many people have brought lawsuits against e-cigarette companies with claims that the devices have exploded and caused serious injuries. Bentley & More LLP have the resources and knowledge to help you go up against major corporations in pursuit of fair compensation for your incident-related medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us if you or a loved one suffered injuries in Riverside from an exploding electronic cigarette.
What Are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that let users “smoke” (inhale) vaporized nicotine. E-cigs don’t emit smoke and are therefore popular as smokeless cigarettes or vaporizers. They became popular throughout the world after their original development in China in 2004. By 2014, around 3.7% of people in the U.S. were using e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, not all e-cigarette devices work as the manufacturer intended. Potential defects have given rise to news stories and lawsuits about exploding e-cigarettes around the world – many incidents resulting in severe injuries.
What Are the Potential Defects?
So far, consumers have filed more than 120 lawsuits regarding exploding electronic cigarettes. According to the lawsuits, e-cigarette batteries have exploded and caught fire during use, resulting in serious injuries. Most lawsuits pinpoint the battery packs as the source of the issue, stating that the e-cigs either have a defective design, manufacturing mistake, or inadequate hazard warnings. It’s possible that exploding e-cigs and vape pens have defective lithium-ion batteries that are prone to catching on fire and/or exploding without warning. Recent examples have come out of San Diego and elsewhere in California claiming unsafe and defective devices.
What Are the Injuries from Defective E-Cigarettes?
Battery failures close to consumers’ faces as they inhale the vaporized nicotine pose a significant hazard. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration states that no other consumer product puts a malfunctioning battery so close to the human body. Exploding e-cigs have caused severe injuries to the mouth, tongue, and teeth for some consumers, including lost teeth and tongue injuries requiring multiple surgeries.
Some victims have suffered catastrophic burn injuries requiring skin grafts and amputations of digits. Others will have permanent scarring and disfigurements from the explosions so close to the face or while the e-cig was in the mouth. Still, others have filed lawsuits for concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, there have even been wrongful death claims involving malfunctioning e-cigs. Contact us for any type of e-cigarette injuries in Riverside County.
Who Is Liable?
Current lawsuits exist against major e-cigarette and battery manufacturers such as LG Chem, Halo, VaporFi, V2, and Blu for creating defective products and knowingly putting potentially dangerous batteries in the hands of consumers. The lithium-ion batteries are not a safe source of energy according to the U.S. Fire Administration – something manufacturers reasonably should have known.
Lawsuits are also in place against retailers and wholesalers, including Syndicate Vapes of Oceanside and Mojo Vapor. Victims claim that the sellers knew or should have known about the potential dangers of the e-cigs yet failed to warn consumers or prevent the incidents from occurring.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Major product liability lawsuits such as those for e-cigarette batteries deserve attention from award-winning lawyers in Riverside. Only a lawyer can help you go up against large manufacturing companies and e-cig wholesalers in California. The team at Bentley & More LLP has what it takes to fearlessly fight for maximum compensation for burned, injured, and permanently scarred victims. We know exactly how to litigate these claims to our clients’ best advantage and aren’t afraid to file claims against multiple defendants. We can help you get the most for your claim.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation in Riverside
Call the Riverside personal injury attorneys at Bentley & More LLP at (949) 870-3800 for more information about e-cigarettes exploding, catching on fire, getting too hot, or causing thermal or chemical burns in Riverside. Initial consultations are always free and come with no obligation to hire our firm. Contact us today.