24-Year-Old Fort Worth Man Dies After Vape Pen Explodes in His Face

A 24-year-old Fort Worth man tragically died in a vape store parking lot this January after his vape pen exploded in his face. After the explosion, the man was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he later died.

According to the county medical examiner’s office, the official cause of death was trauma and shrapnel released by the explosion, simultaneously inhibiting blood flow to his brain and making his brain bleed. Investigators told the man’s family that the device’s battery caused the explosion.

As e-cigarette use becomes more popular, the prevalence of explosions caused by defective e-cigarette devices and batteries is being brought to light. A September 2018 study found that between 2015 and 2017 there were an estimated 2,035 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries presenting to hospital emergency departments in the U.S. – 40 times greater than the number of e-cigarette related injuries recorded by the FDA from 2009 to 2015 combined. The study concluded that surveillance and regulation of e-cigarette devices and explosions is urgently needed.

Products liability laws hold manufacturers and distributors liable for dangerous and defective products placed into the marketplace.

For over 68 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for our clients. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a defective e-cigarette device or battery, it is important to understand your right to recover. Our attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. Call us today at (713) 222-7211 or 713-222-7211 for your free consultation.