Everyone is aware of the effects traditional cigarettes have on the human body. According to a report by the CDC, more than 480,000 people die in the US from smoking cigarettes, of which 90 percent are caused from lung cancer. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes have proved to be a great, less hazardous alternative to traditional cigarettes, and suitable for people who find it difficult to let go of their cravings for nicotine. They were introduced about a decade ago in 2007, and steadily gained ground, especially among the younger generation. They have also been endorsed by the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) as being a better alternative that reduces the risk of death substantially.
However, over the past few years, there have been increasingly reported incidents of exploding e-cigarettes, resulting in burn injuries, disfigurement, and many other health hazards. Between 2009 and 2014, more than 25 people were injured from e-cigarette explosions, according to a report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Over time, the number of cases has increased, the figure reaching up to 220, and people have filed lawsuits against the responsible parties.
How Do Personal Injury Claims for E-Cigarette Explosions Work?
E-cigarettes are relatively new and cases pertaining to personal injury are quite complicated. It is essential to work with an attorney who understands the intricacies as well as technicalities of vaping e-cigarettes. First, your attorney will review the situation and factors affecting your case. You may have to provide information whether you used the device in the recommended way as per the instructions give in the usage manual at the time it exploded.
You are likely to have two options for recovering damages: either sue the distributor or the manufacturer of the e-cigarette. For filing a claim against the distributor, who sold the defected devices to your local retailer, you need to have the purchase receipt to confirm the purchase. If you do not have the receipt, you may not be able to bring liability to the distributer, but it may be possible to file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective batteries or vaporizer. However, for the latter, it can be relatively difficult to sue and win a case because such companies have a team of attorneys that they are hired solely to limit liability arising from such cases.
What Damages you can Expect to Recover from an E-Cigarette Injury
If you have been injured from an exploding e-cigarette, you may be awarded compensation for several damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
If you have been injured from an e-cigarette explosion, you may file a claim or lawsuit to get compensation for your damages from the manufacturer or the distributor on the basis of selling defective vaporizer or batteries. Contact Fisk & Monteleone Ltd. today at 815-209-9030 to schedule a free case consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.