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Product Liability and Lithium Ion Battery Explosions: What You Need to Know

Product Liability and Lithium Ion Battery Explosions: What You Need to Know

Nov 03, 2023

Lithium-ion batteries are pervasive in today’s technologically advanced society. They power everything from smartphones to laptops to electric cars and even vape pens. But like all technologies, they aren’t without their risks.

In some cases, these batteries can explode, causing severe injuries or property damage. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a lithium-ion battery explosion, it’s important to contact Paynter Law today to protect your rights. In this article, we also help you understand the basics of product liability laws and your rights as a consumer.

1. The Basics of Product Liability Law

Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Typically, for a product liability claim to be successful, the product must have been sold in the marketplace, and the product’s defect must have caused the injury.

2. Types of Product Defects

There are three main types of product defects that may apply in a product liability case.

  • Design Defects: A flaw in a product’s design that makes it dangerous.
  • Manufacturing Defects: Defects that occur during the production process, making the product dangerous even if its design was safe.
  • Marketing Defects: Defects that involve failures to warn consumers about a product’s risks or providing inadequate instructions.

In the case of lithium-ion battery explosions, the claim might involve design or manufacturing defects. For instance, if the battery was designed in a manner that makes it prone to overheating or if a flaw occurred during its production, leading to its explosive nature. Often battery manufacturers, distributors and retailers provide inadequate warnings and instructions. 

3. Establishing Liability

For a successful claim, it must be proven that:

  • The product was defective.
  • The defect caused the injury.
  • The product was being used as intended or in a reasonably foreseeable manner.

In the context of a vape pen explosion, if a user was using the device as directed, and it exploded due to a battery defect, the manufacturer could potentially be held liable for any resulting injuries.

4. Potential Defendants

Depending on the specific circumstances, various parties might be held liable:

  • Manufacturers: This can include both the manufacturer of the vape pen or the manufacturer of the battery.
  • Retailers and Distributors: Even if they didn’t make the product, companies that sold or distributed it can sometimes be held liable.
  • Battery Designers: If the explosion was due to a design flaw specific to the battery, the entity that designed the battery could be at fault.

5. Damages in Product Liability Cases

Victims of lithium-ion battery explosions can suffer significant injuries, including burns, scars, and more. If you’ve been injured in one of these incidents, you may be entitled to various damages:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for current and future medical bills related to the injury.
  • Lost Wages: If the injury causes the victim to miss work or reduces their earning capacity.
  • Pain and Suffering: For the physical and emotional distress caused by the explosion and resulting injuries.
  • Property Damage: Compensation for any personal property damaged in the explosion.

The Product Liability Team At Paynter Law Can Help

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from a lithium-ion battery explosion, contact the experienced team at Paynter Law today. We can help you with your case, gather crucial evidence, and advocate for your rights. Contact us today to request your no-obligation, confidential consultation with our team.