Commonly referred to as vaping, the use of e-cigarettes has grown in popularity across the country in the past five years. Many cigarette smokers have switched over to vaping because they are under the belief that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to traditional ones. Moreover, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are allowed in many bars, restaurants, and other locations across the nation. What many vapers may not realize, however, is that an e-cigarette is operated by a battery, which can malfunction at any moment. Since 2017, more than 120 personal injury lawsuits were filed in courts after the battery in an e-cigarette exploded while in use and injured the vaper.
Earlier this year, a Florida man suffered fatal injuries when the vape unit he was using exploded, according to a CNN news report. The man was found after the fire alarm sounded off in his home. Law enforcement officers found the victim with a projectile wound to his head. According to the autopsy report, the projectile found inside him was a portion of an e-cigarette. Unfortunately, this incident is more common than you would think. The man’s death was just one report of 195 exploding vape incidents - and those were reported between 2009 and 2016. In 2015 a New York man suffered third-degree burns when a vape unit exploded in his pocket. That same year, a Florida man suffered burns to his hands, chest, lungs and face after an e-cigarette explosion. And a 14-year old girl was burned when an e-cigarette device exploded in the pocket of a nearby person while they were on a Harry Potter ride at Orlando, Florida’s Universal Studios.
At least eight individuals filed personal injury lawsuits in 2017 claiming that an e-cigarette caused them harm. Some personal injury victims claimed they suffered third-degree burns to the face, neck, and chest. Others claimed the accident caused them to lose their teeth. Still others alleged burns to their groin and/or legs. According to the United States Fire Administration, while lithium batteries - the batteries that are in e-cigarette vape units - are used in many other products, none of those products or devices puts those batteries so close to the human body while in use.
Vape manufacturers may be held financially liable for the injuries and deaths suffered by consumers due to e-cigarette explosions. If a defect exists in the design of the e-cigarette, this poses an unreasonable risk to the public even if the product is being properly used as it was designed. Likewise, if there is a manufacturing defect while the vape unit was made or if the companies failed to provide the public with adequate warnings or no warning at all, the manufacturer can be held liable for damages suffered.
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If you have suffered an injury in Las Vegas due to a vape unit, contact the Nevada personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau. Contact us today for your initial consultation and learn about your rights under applicable law.
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