Exploding E-Cigarettes - A Product Liability Claim
By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer
The effects of e-cigarettes on your long-term health and how they compare with traditional cigarettes are still unknown and a topic of much controversy. But there is one immediate danger faced by vapers that smokers do not have to contend with. E-cigarettes can explode, sometimes on the charger, but also in your mouth causing severe injuries and permanent disfigurement. The risk of explosions and fires is so great that the U.S. Department of Transportation banned e-cigarettes from checked luggage on planes in October, 2015.
In November, 2015, a Colorado Springs man was hospitalized in critical condition after his e-cigarette exploded in his mouth. Cordero Caples, 29, suffered burns to his mouth, shattered teeth, facial fractures and a broken neck.
Rachel Berven’s e-cigarette exploded in her mouth and spewed battery acid over her in February, 2016, leaving her with cracked teeth, facial scars, and burns on her legs.
In April, 2015, Joseph Cavins lost the sight in one eye when his e-cigarette exploded, smashing two cheekbones, tearing through his eye and then setting a fire, according to the lawsuit he and his wife filed for his injuries.
In June, 2016, CBS Los Angeles reported that an e-cigarette had exploded in a Tustin man’s mouth, sending him to the hospital for more than a week. Several of his teeth were shattered, and doctor’s said that may have saved his life by slowing down a piece of the e-cigarette that could have choked him. That piece was embedded in his tongue and had to be surgically removed. He suffered second degree burns. His tongue and lips had to be surgically repaired.
Exploding E-Cigarette Lawsuits
According to the Wall Street Journal, dozens of lawsuits have been filed, in several states, as a result of exploding e-cigarette injuries. One of the difficulties with e-cigarette lawsuits is that most of the devices, like many defective products, are made in China. That means compensation must be sought from others along the supply chain.
But, that should not prevent victims of e-cigarette explosions, and their loved ones, from recovering substantial compensation. In October, 2015, a Riverside jury awarded $1.9 million to a California woman who suffered second degree burns to her buttocks, upper thighs, and hand when her e-cigarette exploded while charging her car, in 2013. Although the device was made in China, she was able to win by suing the distributer, wholesaler, and retailer.
If you were injured by a defective e-cigarette, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a product lawyer near you.