We are surrounded by technology in the modern world and the advent of the lithium ion battery has allowed us to power all of our portable devices without needing to constantly replace batteries. These compact and lightweight batteries are capable of storing massive amounts of energy while being molded into whatever shape necessary to be compatible with their intended devices. The Chicago lithium ion battery burn attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent individuals who have suffered sudden and unexpected injuries when these batteries overheated or exploded due to a defect in their design. When such an explosion takes place while enjoying an e-cigarette, it can result in life altering injuries that leave a lasting impression.
The History of Lithium Ion Battery Malfunctions
Many of us would not be able to get by today without the use of lithium ion batteries. They power our laptops, cellphones, tablets and some vehicles. You may be one of many electronics users who has had experience with these batteries overheating to the point that you needed to shut off your device or use a laptop fan to keep the battery cool. Some of these batteries have even exploded, causing severe damage to property and putting users in danger.
Problems with these batteries have resulted in the loss of the device itself, the ignition of furniture or flammable materials on fire and fatalities when the explosions have caused severe injuries to the users. While it is quite common for people to complain about overheating batteries, exploding batteries have been much less common. Apple and Dell were both required to recall a total of 5.8 million computers in 2006 due to defects which increased the risk that these devices would explode, however.
The Use of Lithium Ion Batteries for E-Cigarettes
E cigarettes provide smokers an alternative to traditional tobacco when they are attempting to quit smoking or to continue smoking without inhaling many of the toxins found in cigarettes. The devices are powered by lithium ion batteries, just as most of our portable electronics are these days. Battery explosions pose a much higher risk to the users’ safety, however, due to the proximity with which the device is kept to the face and the ability for pressure to build up within the device when it heats up.
When an e cigarette user is inhaling the vapors from the e cigarette and the batter explodes, it doesn’t only result in burns from skin contact with the device, but ejects superheated flammable materials into the user’s face, mouth and throat, causing severe external and internal burns. This can result in facial scarring, the loss of teeth, the loss of the victim’s tongue, a severely burned esophagus and more. In addition to the cosmetic damages that the victim suffers, he or she may never be able to eat or drink in the same manner and may be served a stark reminder of the incident every time he or she looks into the mirror.
Product Liability Laws Protect the Consumer Regardless of Fault
Whenever a product causes hard to a consumer, it is his or her right to seek compensation from the manufacturer for the cost of medical treatment, loss of income and other damages. The law normally favors the consumer except in cases where the product was not used in the way intended or was used in an irresponsible manner. If the product caused harm due to a defective design or the use of subpar materials, the manufacturer is required to provide compensation. If the defect is common or likely to affect a great number of people, the manufacturer may recall the device voluntarily or when forced to by the government.
The loss of one’s tongue or teeth and a permanently altered appearance can be a life changing event and no amount of compensation can make up for what has been lost. Due to the catastrophic nature of the injuries victims experience when an e cigarette battery explodes or catches fire, they may be entitled to additional compensation for their ongoing pain and suffering and emotional turmoil.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provides award winning legal services to countless clients across the nation whose injuries and losses were the result of other peoples’ negligence. If you were injured while using an e cigarette and the accident was due to a defect in the device’s lithium ion battery, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified Chicago lithium ion battery injury attorneys so that we can review the details of your case and explore your legal options with you to determine the most appropriate course of action. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will never be required to pay an upfront fee to retain our services. We only get paid if you so and if we fail to secure compensation on your behalf, our services are free.