Vape Battery Explosion Lawsuits

Vape Battery Explosion Lawsuits

Why Should You File a Vape Battery Explosion Lawsuit?

Vape battery explosion lawsuits help compensate individuals for burn injuries, medical bills, and time off work. They also help incentivize vape companies to meet higher safety standards, which could save others from deadly and disfiguring injuries.

Vape products have come under legal scrutiny for their health side effects, potential contamination risks from plastic cartridges, and for company decisions to market aggressively to children and teens. Vape battery explosions and fires are another unacceptable preventable danger to average consumers and young people.

Vape battery explosions can severely injure people, causing excruciating burns and devastating facial disfigurement if they malfunction while in use. Vape battery explosions can start fires that have the potential to consume homes and burn down neighborhoods. There is no excuse for putting such dangerous products in the pockets of Americans and the mouths of children.

At Levin Simes Abrams, we help lead the charge against dangerous vape products introduced to the market before they are provably safe. Our own Rachel Abrams has served on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for Juul lawsuits. We are dedicated to holding this new industry to the highest standards of consumer protection while seeking justice for individual clients.

If you have been injured due to a vape battery explosion, fire, or malfunction, contact our San Francisco vape injury attorneys online or by calling (415) 426-3000 for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation. You deserve justice, and we all deserve safer products.

Can You Sue if a Vape Explodes?

Yes, in the state of California and throughout the U.S., those who are injured by exploding vapes or e-cigarettes can potentially sue the product manufacturer or the retail/online store that sold it. If a vape was poorly designed, improperly assembled, built with inferior parts, or sold to you without proper labeling or warning, these may be considered instances of negligence.

An experienced e-cigarette explosion attorney can investigate the product that harmed you, and legally demand internal company documents through subpoena. The fact that you were injured by a vape product could be grounds for significant compensation.

Don’t count yourself out for justice — if you were injured by a vape product, you may be able to secure compensation for your injuries. Let your lawyer from Levin Simes Abrams do the work to document your injuries, investigate the cause, and build a case for negotiations or trial. Contact us at (415) 426-3000 to discuss your options for real results.

What Causes a Vape to Explode?

Generally, the cause of a vape battery explosion is simple: when a lithium-ion batter becomes too hot, the highly flammable liquid contained within can combust. Such combustion may injure the hand or face of the person using the product, set their clothing or home on fire, or send dangerous shrapnel pieces flying, which could easily cause permanent eye damage or facial scarring.

In order to help avoid battery explosion, here are guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on past product malfunctions:

  • Use products with safety features like vent holes, firing button locks, and battery overcharge protections
  • Keep loose batteries in a case so they don’t come into contact with metal like keys, coins, or rivets/zippers on clothing
  • Only charge your vape with the charger it came with — do not use your phone or electronic tablet as a power source
  • Don’t let your vape charge overnight or unattended
  • Replace any battery that is damaged or gets wet, and if your product does not come with replaceable batteries, contact the manufacturer for customer support 

Other guidelines include avoiding extreme temperatures for your vape, i.e. don’t leave it on a hot car dashboard or on a window sill in freezing weather. Don’t mix and match vape chargers, batteries, or cartridges as they do not adhere to a standard design and could conflict. When you do charge your vape, it’s advised to leave it on a non-flammable surface instead of something that could catch fire like a couch. Keep vapes far from flammable liquids like gasoline or propane at all times.

Additionally, there are more guidelines for flying with vape products, including only transporting them in carry-on luggage and refraining from charging or using them during the duration of your flight. 

The guidelines consumers have to follow to avoid being harmed by their vape products could be considered “onerous” under the law, meaning they are burdens or obligations that counterbalance or outweigh the advantages of using vapes in the first place. You deserve a fully safe product, not a hazardous device with safety guidelines you may have never received. 

Is It Common for Vapes to Explode?

According to a report by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), vape fires or explosions caused by e-cigarettes are relatively rare. The statistics state that:

  • More than 2.5 million Americans use electronic cigarettes
  • There were 25 separate incidents of explosion and fire involving an e-cigarette reported by U.S. media in a five-year span consisting of 9 injuries
  • Most of the incidents occurred while the battery was plugged in and actively charging

This is information based on reported incidents, and likely does not paint a full picture of the close calls, singes, minor injuries, and containable fires or sparks. It is also important to remember that injuries from vape battery explosions are often highly serious and frightening. 

Here are examples of recent horrific injuries that occurred when the vape battery was off the charger or actively in use: 

  • California: A woman from the San Francisco Bay Area suffered severe burns on her arm and body after a spare vape battery ignited in her purse.
  • Florida: A man underwent surgery after sustaining second- and third-degree burns after a vape pen exploded in his pocket.
  • Ohio: A Cleveland man was rushed to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns when a spare vape battery in his pocket combusted.
  • Utah: A 17-year-old boy suffered a shattered jaw and blown-out teeth after an e-cigarette exploded while in use.
  • Tennessee: A young man suffered broken teeth and facial tissue injuries after an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, an injury requiring 65 stitches and leaving him unable to work for weeks.

These were the few survivable injuries in a short two-year span. During that same time, two deaths were caused by vape explosions: a Texas man was killed when an exploding vape pen severed an artery in his neck just weeks before his 25th birthday, and a Florida man died when exploding shrapnel from a vape entered his brain. A wrongful death lawyer can help families file vape battery explosion lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved one.

Injuries of this magnitude should not just be rare, they should be impossible. It is important to report every dangerous experience, and absolutely imperative that consumers hold vape companies accountable for all injuries, damages, and losses of money, time, or peace of mind. Burn wounds to a person’s face, hands, or body can change the course of their future. The trauma associated with such injuries can last for the rest of their life.

Without consequences for corporations, companies have very little incentive to recall, redesign, or improve their safety and testing standards before average Americans are hurt.

Vape companies like Juul have been held liable for millions of dollars across thousands of lawsuits throughout the United States, and ordered to pay consumers, governments, and tribes for the harm they’ve caused. You deserve to have your voice heard, too.

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Contact Experienced Vape Battery Explosion Lawyers

Every vape brand has different construction, parts, and mechanisms, so the cause of your injuries must be investigated based on the specific product. This is work for your attorney to accomplish — your time is better spent healing and reclaiming your life after an injury.

If you have suffered a serious vape injury or a family member has a serious vape addiction, we can help. We represent those injured by exploding vape batteries, vape mod battery fires, vaping lung injuries, seizures from vaping, strokes from vaping, heart attacks caused by vaping, and addiction in minors and young adults. 

Contact Levin Simes Abrams online or by calling (415) 426-3000 for a free consultation regarding your potential claim against vape manufacturers. Any information you share with us will be kept fully confidential, and you’re under no obligation or risk. We charge no fee without recovery — we are only paid for our services if we are able to secure results on your behalf.

You have potential compensation and closure to gain, and nothing to lose. Explore your legal options with the proven vape injury lawsuit team at Levin Simes Abrams.

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Reaching out to a lawyer is the first step on your path towards recovering a better quality of life. At Levin Simes Abrams, we give our undivided attention to each client, and all communications are held in the strictest of confidence. We are on hand to guide you through the process and support you at every step of the way. Contact us by filling out the form or calling us directly at (415) 993-9989.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sue large vape companies like Juul, Innokin, or Aspire?

Yes, under the law you may have the ability to bring a case against large and small companies if they have harmed you, including large vape brands like Vaporesso, Geek Vape, Voopoo, and SMOK.

Personal injury lawsuits allow individuals to sue for physical harm, emotional injury, and the costs associated with those harm like medical bills and lost wages. An experienced attorney can help you by building a case that connects your injuries to the negligence of a business or company.

What are common vape injury lawsuits?

Vape injury lawsuits can include injuries from fire or explosions of vape batteries, as well as lung damage from vape smoke like popcorn lung and wet lung (bronchiolitis obliterans and hypersensitivity pneumonitis). Parents can also sue on behalf of their children for physical damage or psychological harm caused by promoting addiction behaviors through marketing.

What is pain and suffering for burn injury survivors?

Pain and suffering for burn injury survivors can include the physical pain of the injury itself, as well as mental health conditions like depression and PTSD. The psychological effects for burn survivors can persist for more than a year after the injury. For those with visible scars on their hands, arms, or face, everyday interactions and questions from strangers may cause even longer struggles to move on.

In a personal injury lawsuit, there are economic losses that are often shown through documents like receipts or pay stubs. Then there are non-economic losses like pain and suffering. For burn survivors, the physical pain of burns and scar tissue can be considered for compensation, as well as the long-term psychological harm that can accompany disfiguring injuries.

An experienced lawyer will know how to gather proof for the invisible harms caused by your injuries. Your attorney can hire expert medical and psychological witnesses to attest to the real impact of long-term mental anguish. This information and diligence on behalf of your attorney could help maximize your lawsuit result. 

How long do I have to file a vape batter explosion lawsuit?

The deadline for filing a personal injury suit in California is two years from the date of the incident. This includes vape injuries from exploding batteries. This deadline varies from state to state, so it’s important to reach out to an attorney before your window for justice closes.

Contact the experienced vape injury lawyers at Levin Simes Abrams online or by calling our San Francisco offices at (415) 426-3000. The sooner you speak with a qualified attorney, the sooner we can jump into action investigating your case, preserving evidence, and building a strategy to achieve the verdict or settlement you deserve.