While e-cigarettes have been advertised as a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, recent events have shown these devices can actually be extremely dangerous. The Internet reveals several pages of headlines about e-cigarette explosions resulting in catastrophic injuries. In 2016 alone, there have been several media reported injuries attributed to e-cigarette explosions, including a truck driver suffering facial injuries when his e-cigarette exploded while driving, a woman who suffered third degree burns to her leg when her e-cigarette exploded in her pocket, and a professional soccer player who received extensive facial injuries when his e-cigarette blew up in his mouth.
So, what is it that makes these e-cigarettes explode? E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that resemble traditional cigarette smoke by releasing a vapor. While there are several varieties of e-cigarettes, they all rely upon a heating element that boils a liquid solution poured into the device. This heating element requires a power source by the use of lithium ion batteries. These batteries contain flammable electrolytes that when heated, can cause the battery to rupture. Because the batteries are installed at the end of the e-cigarette, if the battery ruptures it can cause the device itself to break apart causing catastrophic injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured from an e-cigarette explosion, it is important to understand your right to recover. Contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211 or toll free at 713-222-7211 for a confidential consultation.