Michigan residents are probably aware that there are risks involved in the use of e-cigarettes. These devices, also known as vape pens, operate on a lithium battery and are used to vaporize nicotine for inhaling. There are stores that allow customers to “create a cig,” getting the right battery, accessories and other items that go into making an e-cigarette kit.
A 25-year-old man in Cordova, Tennessee, went to one of these stores and purchased an e-cigarette. One day back in 2018, the man was smoking the e-cigarette before work when the battery in the device reportedly exploded in his face. The explosion caused severe burns to his mouth, face and hands. It also caused part of his cheek to be torn out and several fractured teeth.
The device also flew into the air, burning the ceiling of the man’s home. Now, he is filing a lawsuit against the Cordova store that sold him the e-cigarette along with the manufacturer of the device and the manufacturer of the lithium battery. The lawsuit called the e-cigarette component “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” The man and his legal team are seeking damages in an amount that will be determined by a federal court. The case awaits a jury trial.
Injuries like this, while infrequent, can be severe. If you have been injured by an e-cigarette battery or other component, contact a lawyer who specializes in product liability matters and can prove a defect in the product.