Electronic cigarettes have become popular across the nation due to being marketed as a safe alternative for tobacco products. Up until recently, this industry remained unregulated, and electronic cigarettes were sold with severe safety defects. Some electronic cigarettes were sold with faulty lithium-ion batteries or equipment, which put consumers at risk for being injured by explosions.
Several more consumers have been permanently injured by electronic cigarette explosions in the past few months. Keep in mind, these products do not have to be in use to explode. Explosions also involve recently used or charging electronic cigarettes.
For example, a California man was injured by an electronic cigarette placed next to his work area. While working from his home office, the electronic cigarette exploded with no warning and sent shrapnel into his face. The force of the explosion and resulting shrapnel crushed his sinus bones and destroyed his left eye. He now relies on a prosthetic eye and eyepatch. Another man in California had his index finger amputated and tongue destroyed by an electronic cigarette explosion.
Electronic Cigarette Explosions Cause Permanent Injuries
Electronic cigarette explosions can ruin lives. Both examples we have used involve people who were left with permanent injuries from products commonly marketed as safe alternatives to tobacco. The stores who sell these products and the manufacturers who produce them have failed to warn consumers of possible dangers.
Three lawsuits have already been filed in California against manufacturers and stores that sell these products. People do not deserve to have their lives destroyed by unsafe products, and personal injury lawsuits are completely justified. Electronic cigarettes are small devices, but unstable batteries clearly cause significant damage.
The Lafayette personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat can hold negligent companies accountable for selling unsafe products.