I’m Katelyn Holub, an attorney focusing on personal injury law in northwest Indiana.
Welcome to Personal Injury Primer, where we break down the law into simple terms, provide legal tips, and discuss personal injury law topics.
Today’s question comes from a caller whose son was injured when an e-cigarette exploded. The injuries are severe, and she wants to know what, if anything, can be done legally.
Exploding e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes have resulted in several lawsuits.
Explosions can occur with the battery hooked to a charger, or when the device is tucked into a pocket, or when the device is positioned in the mouth as a cigarette.
These explosions have been linked to faulty e-cigarette products, defective lithium-ion batteries, and insufficient user warnings.
The explosions have caused permanent injuries.
Some e-cigarette injuries are severe and require hospitalization. They can include second-degree and third-degree burns to various parts of the body.
Trauma to hands and fingers and severe head and facial trauma have resulted from explosions.
Burns and lacerations caused by shrapnel are common as well. As are facial injuries, including loss of vision and mouth injuries with damage to teeth, lips, and tongue.
Cases have been filed against several manufacturers of the lithium-ion batteries involved.
So definitely, there are many legal options available. All primarily focus on product liability laws involving inadequate warning, design defects, and manufacturing defects.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you are a victim of someone’s carelessness, substandard medical care, a product defect, work injury, or another personal injury, please call (219) 736-9700 with your questions. You can also learn more about us by visiting our website at DavidHolubLaw.com – while there, make sure you request a copy of our book “Fighting for Truth.”