A woman who was badly burned by an exploding e-cigarette was awarded nearly $2 million by a jury in a product liability lawsuit. The verdict comes amid numerous reports of e-cigarettes causing serious injuries to users, product liability attorneys note.
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E-Cigarette Lawsuit: Hot Metal Ignited Dress, Scarred Woman for Life
Electronic cigarettes, also known as smokeless cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, are an alternative method of consuming nicotine, the addictive chemical found in tobacco. Manufacturers often design e-cigarettes to look like regular cigarettes, but they contain no tobacco and do not require a match or a flame. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist or vapor that the user inhales. There’s no fire, no ash and no smoky smell.
According to nydailynews.com, when the victim plugged in her VapCigs e-cigarette charger it ejected hot metal that ignited her dress and seriously burned her. The woman ended up being scarred for life by second-degree burns on her buttocks, thighs and hand. In September 2015, after a six-day trial, the California jury awarded $1.9 million to the victim in the lawsuit against VapCigs, which distributes the e-cigarette and charger, wholesaler Cartons 2 Go and retailer Tobacco Expo, the website reported.
Exploding E-Cigarette Puts Man In A Coma
The lawsuit award comes amid numerous reports of e-cigarettes causing serious injuries to the users of these devices. One such incident happened in Florida in October 2015, when an e-cigarette blew up in a man’s face causing very serious injuries. The man was later put into a medically induced coma at a local hospital. Miami.cbslocal.com reports that the victim’s sister heard an explosion in their home and went to investigate, finding her brother with his face and the upper part of his body covered in soot.
The sister, speaking from the hospital, said that when she found her brother he was not breathing, and that his whole face and neck had been burned. She added that her brother had suffered internal and external damage to his lungs and throat as a result of the exploding mouth piece. A Fire and Rescue official said the explosion was most likely caused by the device’s lithium battery, the website stated.
Injured Parties May Be Entitled to Compensation
Manufacturers have a duty to make products that are safe and free of defects. If this duty is breached, people injured as a result of the defect or unreasonable danger may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and suffering
If an unsafe product kills a person, family members may be eligible to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death
- Loss of the deceased person’s economic support
- Mental anguish caused by the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
People injured, or the family members of those killed, by a dangerous product are encouraged to seek legal counsel to determine their rights to compensation.
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