Over the years, cigarettes have gotten a bad reputation. As smoking started to become taboo, a new and supposedly safer alternative known as e-cigarettes or vape started to surface. A vape pen (or e-cigarette) is an electronic nicotine delivery system that produces a heated vapor, resembling smoke. They were introduced in the United States in 2007. Now, more than 9 million Americans are vaping.
There may be controversy as to whether e-cigarettes or vapes are a healthier alternative to cigarettes. However, there is no argument that exploding e-cigarettes have caused many injuries in the last few years. These explosions are generally due to a faulty battery or charging mechanism. Most of these injuries have caused permanent damage to the victims’ hands, face and neck. If you have been injured by an exploding e-cig, contact our Los Angeles e-cig explosion injury lawyers for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation.
E-cigarettes, also referred to as vape pens, have a heating element used to vaporize a liquid solution, sometimes called “juice.” Some vape cigarette brands activate the heating coil automatically when you take a drag. Other brands are manual. A battery pack, typically a cylindrical lithium-ion battery, provides the energy that is used to generate the heat.
Dangerous Batteries and Chargers
Lithium-ion batteries are made with alternating layers of metallic anode and cathode material separated by a porous film. The porous separator film has a liquid electrolyte that can be flammable or combustible. When the batteries overheat, it can cause the flammable electrolyte to explode or catch fire.
Although lithium-ion batteries are also commonly found in laptops and cell phones, they are not as prone to overheating like the ones in vapes and e-cigarettes. What makes vape pen explosions more serious is that the devices are generally in a user’s mouth, face, or pocket when it explodes. This can cause serious injuries to the victim.
Common Causes of Vape Overheating
Common causes of a vape or e-cig overheating include:
- Overcharge of the battery
- External heat
- Short circuit
- Internal cell fault
According to the U.S Fire Administration, from 2009 to 2014, there were about 25 reports of explosion and fires involving e-cigarettes. These explosions reported serious injuries, including serious burns. The list has continued to grow in 2016 and 2017.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently regulate e-cigs or vapes. The lack of regulation and relative newness of the devices creates uncertainty about the safety of these products.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an e-vape explosion, you should immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles vape explosion attorney to protect your legal rights.
Steps You Can Take To Protect Yourself
You may not be able to protect yourself from defectively manufactured or assembled vape pens or e-cigs. But you can take a few steps in terms of exercising caution:
- Never buy counterfeit brands.
- Only charge the e-cigarette or vape pen with the power adapter that comes with the battery.
- Never plug the device into computers or other USB-capable devices.
- Brands that have a removable battery appear to be safer than models where the batteries remain attached when charging.
- Never overcharge your battery or leave it plugged in and unattended.
E-Cigarette Popularity Amongst Teens
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) survey, vaping has become widely popular amongst teenagers. The survey found the use of e-cigs among middle school students increased from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014, and increased from 4.5 percent to 13.4 percent among high school students during the that same period.
The CDC has warned parents of the dangers, potential risks, and the likelihood of addiction to the e-cigarette devices. Parents should also be warned about the likelihood of injuries caused by potential vape pen explosions in pockets, mouths and faces.
Compensation for E-Cig Explosion Victims
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an e-cig or vape pen explosion, you may be entitled to compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Rehabilitation costs
- Permanent injuries or disabilities
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
The experienced Los Angeles e-cig explosion attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas will work diligently to ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your losses. We will work hard to hold the negligent manufacturers accountable for your ecig explosion injuries.
Do I Have an E-Cigarette Lawsuit?
The Law Offices of Samer Habbas is currently accepting e-cigarette induced injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding or otherwise defective e-cigarette or vape pen, you should immediately consult with our attorneys for a free case consultation.