Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes
Most people are aware of the negative effects that tobacco cigarettes can have to their health. In efforts to try and quit the bad habit, some people have turned to the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. These devices consist of a battery, heating device and liquid solution which contains nicotine or other substances. When operated, the heating device vaporizes the liquid. The vapor is then inhaled by the consumer which simulates the feeling of smoking but without the use of tobacco. E-cigarettes are available in forms which resemble traditional cigarettes, pipes, cigars or other objects such as pens. While the thought of using electronic cigarettes may appear to be a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking, there have been numerous reports of e-cigarettes exploding and causing serious harm and personal injury to users.
The use of e-cigarettes has had a growing popularity in the news over the past few years, although many reports have not been very positive. Consumers of electronic cigarettes have been filing reports against e-cigarette companies due to devices exploding sometimes during use or even while not in use.
In October 2015, a resident of Naples was placed in a medically induced coma after an e-cigarette exploded in his face and caused severe burns both externally; to the face, neck and hands, and internally; to nasal passages and lungs. In Colorado Springs, a man suffered from a broken neck, fractures and burns to his face and shattered teeth after an electronic cigarette exploded in his face last November. In more recent news, in January 2016, a man in New Hampshire suffered second and third-degree burns after the battery of an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration released a study about electronic cigarette fires and explosions. This study lists incidents of e-cigarette explosions and fires which were reported between 2009 and 2014. Learn more about this study here.
Protect Your Rights
If you or someone you know has suffered from burns or other serious personal injuries due to an exploding electronic cigarette, it is best to seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz has over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation.