Anesi Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. has been retained to investigate several incidences of vape pen battery explosions resulting in severe injuries. The firm is thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding the spontaneous explosions, to determine why and how the batteries combusted.
Injured by Exploding Vape Pens and E-Cigarettes
Vape pens and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become popular alternatives to traditional cigarettes since the products were first introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. Since 2014, more than 2.5 million Americans have used vape pens and electronic cigarettes. The number of users is growing rapidly partly due to the belief that vape pens and e-cigarettes are safer to use than traditional cigarettes and are often seen as the trendier option.
Numerous reports continue to reveal that the batteries of vape pens and e-cigarettes are susceptible to spontaneous combustions. Some of the explosions have hospitalized victims, leaving them severely injured and maimed. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “The shape and construction of e-cigarettes can make them more likely than other products with lithium-ion batteries to behave like “flaming rockets” when a battery fails” (U.S. Fire Administration – Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions). Some of the explosions have caused serious injuries where victims are left with second to third-degree burns on various parts of their bodies, including the inside of their mouths. Other instances have resulted in injury to users’ eyes, knocked out their teeth, and have put them in danger by starting life-threatening fires.
Illinois Product Liability Attorneys
When a company designs and manufactures a product for consumers, it takes on a great responsibility to guarantee that the product is safe to use. Consumers trust that when they purchase an item that it will not harm them or a loved one. Product safety should be every company’s top priority, but when it is not, a product is liable to cause serious harm to people. If you have been injured or you have lost a loved one due to a dangerous product, contact one of our product liability attorneys at (312) 779-6610 or online for a free consultation to discuss your case.