E-cigarettes can pose a danger far more immediate than nicotine. Few consumers know this, but the lithium batteries in e-cigarettes can suffer electrical shorts and explode, causing serious injury to anyone in the vicinity. E-cigarette users have reported battery explosions occurring during vaping, while stored in their pockets, and while plugged in and recharging.
Fortunately, consumers do have legal recourse after suffering injuries from these sudden explosions. Wolfgang Mueller is an experienced attorney who has helped people throughout Michigan who have suffered e-cigarette injuries, vape pen injuries and battery failure injuries. Our legal team is here for you. The fear that you felt when your e-cigarette battery exploded does not have to control your life. We can help you obtain compensation and begin the path to recovery.
The lithium batteries in e-cigarettes are more prone to fires than other lithium batteries because of their cylindrical shape and chemical makeup. If an electrical short occurs, hot electrolytes can explode through the top of the battery, causing the battery to act like a small rocket.
Data from the U.S. Fire Administration indicates over two dozen such explosions between 2009 and 2014. The batteries are so hazardous that the Federal Aviation Administration now bans e-cigarettes and vaping devices in checked luggage in case they cause a fire. Explosions from lithium batteries have been known to cause a variety of severe injuries, including chemical burns, tooth loss and even death. These explosions have also caused millions of dollars in property damage even without injury.
Many e-cigarette manufacturers know that the e-cigarette batteries they manufacture are dangerous, yet they continue to sell them. These manufacturers have the chance to include protective circuitry, which can prevent explosions, but decide not to. Often, retailers know that e-cigarette batteries may explode, but they neglect to adequately warn consumers. When companies like these prioritize money over their customers’ safety, they must be held liable for the damages they have inflicted.
You have the power to hold the manufacturer or retailer that contributed to your injuries responsible for their negligence. Contact Mueller Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. Contact us online, or call our office in Novi at 248-489-WOLF (9653).