The rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes and vape pens has undeniably changed the face of nicotine consumption. No longer bound by the health risks traditionally associated with traditional tobacco products, millions have found a seemingly safer, more modern approach to satisfying their cravings.
However, beneath the sleek design and purported safety, a hidden danger lurks, transforming a habit into a ticking time bomb for many unsuspecting users.
What Is The Risk With Vape Pens?
Vape pens and e-cigarettes, touted as safe alternatives to smoking, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are compact and powerful, but when they fail, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Across North Carolina, and the country, we’re seeing an alarming trend: vape pen battery explosions causing severe injuries, from burns to more significant damages, leaving victims devastated.
The U.S. Fire Administration reported that between 2009 and 2016, there were 195 documented incidents of e-cigarette battery explosions, causing 133 acute injuries, of which 38 were severe. And these figures are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg, with many incidents likely unreported.
What Causes The Failures?
Battery failures can result from various causes, including design flaws, manufacturing defects or damage. Regardless of the cause, when these batteries fail, they can explode or catch fire, leading to burns and other injuries. Often, the explosions occur without warning, catching users off guard and amplifying the severity of the injuries.
Vape pen battery explosions can result in severe burns requiring multiple surgeries and extensive recovery periods. In addition to burns, users can also suffer from blast injuries, including broken bones, tooth loss, and damage to the eyes and face. The consequences of such accidents can be life-changing, affecting victims’ physical health, mental well-being, and financial stability.
In 2019, a North Carolina man suffered third-degree burns when his e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. In another incident, a vape pen exploded in a woman’s purse, causing a fire and resulting in severe burns. Cases like these illustrate the potential for devastating injuries and underscore the importance of understanding the risks associated with these devices.
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
So, what can be done? First, it’s essential for consumers to be aware of the risks and take precautions when using and handling these devices. But, crucially, manufacturers also bear responsibility. They must ensure their products are safe, warn consumers of potential risks, and take swift action when defects become apparent.
Our North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a vape pen or e-cigarette explosion, you may be entitled to compensation. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can be held accountable for failing to warn consumers about the potential dangers, selling defective products, or not taking sufficient steps to ensure their products are safe.
At Paynter Law, we are experienced in handling cases involving vape pen and e-cigarette injuries. We understand the complexities involved in these cases, from understanding the technical aspects of e-cigarette design and function to navigating the legal landscape of product liability law. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Let our expertise guide you on the path to justice.