Las Vegas E-Cigarette Injury Attorney Helping Victims Recover
While the risk of inhaling e-cig vapor into your lungs remains controversial, a more immediate danger is injuring people in Nevada. E-cigarettes have been known to explode like miniature bombs, causing severe burns and other permanent injuries. Van Law Firm is advocating on behalf of victims who were injured by this “safer alternative” to smoking. If a vaping device caused you to become burned, scarred, blind, or you suffered respiratory system damage after vaping, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Contact Van Law Firm for a risk-free case evaluation. Consultations are free and we won’t charge you any fees until we settle your case. Call 702-529-1011.
Evaluating the Safety of E-Cigarettes
Vaping has been touted as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco products for many years. While an initial assessment may indicate that these claims are true, however, many e-cigs contain ingredients like nicotine, formaldehyde, and a wide array of chemicals that are dangerous when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin or eyes. Some people who use e-cigarettes have reported significant adverse health effects including respiratory problems, chemical burns, and poisonings.
Aside from the dangers of inhaling, ingesting, or coming in contact with the chemicals in e-cigarettes, defects in the batteries these products use, and faulty designs in the products themselves, have been known to cause explosions.
E-Cigarette Explosions Cause Serious Injuries
E-cig explosions have been known to occur when people are vaping, when the devices are charging, and even while consumers are transporting or storing their vapes. When e-cigs explode, they can cause thermal burns, chemical burns, deep tissue and bone damage, and even blindness. These injuries are often extremely painful and usually require extensive medical treatment for months or years after the explosion.
The U.S. Fire Administration released a report in 2014 after investigating 25 e-cig explosions that occurred between 2009 and 2014. According to the report, 20 of those incidents occurred while the e-cigs were charging. Two explosions happened while the devices were in use. The circumstances of the explosions were not reported in two cases, and one explosion happened during transport.
The incidents caused building and vehicle fires, severe burns, and other injuries. In one case, a 62-year-old man was killed when his vaping device exploded, igniting an oxygen tube.
Another 17 explosions were investigated by Mother Jones magazine. These incidents resulted in:
- Second and third degree burns
- Hot oil burns
- Tongue burns
- Eye injuries
- Shrapnel injuries
- Smoke inhalation
Unfortunately, users aren’t the only ones who are injured when e-cigs explode. In 2013, a woman was charging her e-cig in her car when the device exploded. The e-cig sent a hot copper coil directly into her son’s car seat. This child was severely burned.
Why E-Cigs Explode
According to the U.S. Fire Administration Report, there are a variety of reasons e-cigs explode and most are related to the lithium-ion batteries these devices use. Some of the causes of exploding e-cigs include:
- Improper charging: Many e-cig charging ports appear to be compatible with common USB charging cables and chargers. This is not the case, however. Just because a cord fits and the device responds does not mean it is safe to use. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that non-approved power adapters “could subject the battery to a higher voltage than is deemed safe” increasing the risk of the device overheating.
- Faulty or Damaged Batteries: People should only use high-quality batteries that are designed specifically for their vaping devices. Using knock-off batteries or those that have been rewrapped increases the risk of explosion. Additionally, if batteries are damaged, become wet, or are left in extreme temperatures, they should be replaced.
- E-cig Design: The design of mechanical mods can increase the risk for explosion injuries. These mods aren’t generally equipped with internal safety features that turn the devices off when they get too hot. As a result, many vape shops are refusing to sell them.
E-Cigs Put Kids at Risk
To make matters worse, many e-cig devices appear similar to children’s toys. Their bright colors and shiny finishes are attractive to young, curious children. The juices these products use are often scented, flavored, and sold in small containers that can be confusing for kids. They are also toxic. Ingestion can be deadly. Exposure to the skin or eyes can cause long-term or permanent damage.
Preserve Your E-Cig Injury Claim
Van Law Firm is currently reviewing cases in which e-cig users and bystanders have been injured by exploding e-cigarette batteries and exposure to vaping juice. If you were hurt, it is important to preserve your injury claim by contacting our office. Attempting to settle your claim without legal representation could cause you to lose your right to recover appropriate damages.