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Obtaining Compensation When You Have Suffered Burns, Injuries or the Loss of a Loved One

Injuries caused by battery explosions or fires can be catastrophic or even fatal. When you or a loved one are harmed by dangerous or defective product, you want justice. Montlick & Associates has been protecting the rights of injured victims for 35 years. If you or a member of your family has suffered any fractured bones, burns or any other severe injuries related to an exploding battery, you should call us today to discuss your legal rights and the actions necessary to protect those rights. 

Our Attorneys Know What It Takes to Win!

With billions of dollars recovered* for our personal injury clients, our attorneys provide aggressive representation and we know what it takes to win.   Montlick & Associates is dedicated to providing exceptional service with the personal attention you deserve.   Our Lithium-Ion battery explosion injury attorneys will review your case and help you determine if you or your loved one has grounds to pursue legal action to recover monetary compensation for your suffering and losses.** Call us Nationwide 24 hours day, 7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), call us from your cell phone by dialing #WIN (#946) or use our website’s Live Chat at Montlick.com.  Legal time deadlines apply and evidence must be preserved for your case, so it is important not to delay seeking legal help.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Have Led to Numerous Permanent Injuries and Deaths

Most portable devices require the use of chargeable batteries, especially lithium-ion batteries in the case of cell phones, tablets, and laptops. The rise in exploding battery accidents demonstrates that safety is not keeping up with technology. 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Status Report on High Energy Density Batteries Project, since 2014, there have been an average of 5,000 or more fire or overheating events involving consumer products containing lithium batteries each year. On January 18, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB 01-18-2019) named “Preventing Fire and/or Explosion Injury from Small and Wearable Lithium Battery Powered Devices." The Safety and Health Information Bulletin provides guidance to employers on how they can prevent lithium-ion battery injuries by providing an understanding of how lithium-powered devices function, potential hazards, how to store/charge the batteries and use safely.

On December 17, 2018 the FDA issued a report called, "Tips to Help Avoid "Vape" Battery Explosions" that states "e-cigarettes, or "vapes," can explode and seriously injure people." The report goes on to state that these types of lithium-ion explosions are rare, these vape battery explosions are dangerous and the exact cause of these vape explosions are not yet known. 

While numerous devices pose a battery explosion and fire risk, the following are the most common examples that all consumers should know about:

  • Cell Phone Batteries– The small lithium-ion batteries in cell phones have been linked to numerous fires and explosions, especially with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.
  • Electronic Cigarettes (Aka: Vapes, Vape Pens)– Electronic cigarettes, often called “vape pens,” have become extremely popular over the past few years. As more devices enter the market, users are finding that such cigarettes pose an explosion and fire risk.
  • Electric Scooters – It may be surprising to learn that electric scooter batteries have caught fire and exploded, with many explosions happening while the batteries are charging. Such explosions may be related to known manufacturing defects.
  • Hoverboards – Many hoverboards are subject to recalls concerning defective batteries that have caught fire and/or exploded. In addition the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a safety alert called, "Hoverboard Safety Alert" in 2015.
  • Tablets and Laptops – Tablets and laptops, like cell phones, have been linked to explosions and fires that have caused serious injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a safety alert called, "Tips on Notebook Computer Use" to provide consumers with safety tips to avoid laptop lithium-ion battery explosions.
  • Electric Wheelchairs– Like electric scooter batteries, some electric wheelchair batteries have caught fire and/or exploded. A wiring issue may be to blame for such fires and explosions but the battery itself may also be defective. Individuals confined to wheelchairs may not have an opportunity to escape if a battery explodes or catches fire, placing them at an even greater risk of sustaining permanent injuries, if not death.
  • Electric Car Batteries– Fire departments are reporting that Tesla batteries have reignited shortly after being extinguished by emergency respondents. There are a dozen lawsuits alleging Tesla batteries are defective and have resulted in deadly fires or severe injuries following other crashes. Many auto manufacturers are developing electric cars and so the problem may progress to other makes and models.

Manufacturers of consumer products (such as toys, food products, prescription medications, and medical devices) have a duty to ensure they are designing, manufacturing, and marketing safe products. When manufacturers know about certain dangers associated with their products, the manufacturers are required to warn consumers of such dangers. Given the significant influx in battery explosions and fires, there is speculation that manufacturers are slow to report such defects to the public for fear of lost profits. Typically, profit is the number one goal when selling a product, and unfortunately, safety is compromised. If safety were the key focus when selling a product, innocent victims would not suffer the injuries that we see daily whether they relate to battery explosions or other defective products.

The Types of Injuries Reported With Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries

Many people have been able to escape serious injuries when they experience battery explosions or fires. However, others are not so lucky.  Some victims have died because of battery explosions and fires. Common injuries associated with exploding batteries include, among others, the following:

  • First, second and third-degree burns requiring extensive medical care and long-term hospital stays;
  • Broken/fractured bones;
  • Missing or Fracture Teeth;
  • Loss of limb(s); 
  • Loss of body parts or loss of use (eyes and teeth, for example); and
  • Death.

Since each individual claim is unique, the amount of compensation each client receives depends on many factors, including, by way of example only, the facts and circumstances of the accident, how strong the liability is, the state and venue where a lawsuit is to be filed, and the likability and credibility of the witnesses to a jury.  Additional factors can include the nature, extent and severity of the injury, the costs of medical care, whether the victim is temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of the injury, the impact on the victim’s quality of life, and the extent of pain and suffering.  

How is the Value of My Lithium-Ion Battery Explosion Case Determined?

Our attorneys will pursue all of the types of monetary compensation that you are entitled to recover.  Depending on the facts of a case and the applicable law, these may include compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive or “Penalty” Damages if the defendant’s conduct is particularly egregious, such as a known danger in the design or manufacturing before making the product available to the public.
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress

The amount of damages a victim might recover is specific to the facts and circumstances of a given case. As such, every individual claim is unique. Predicting the precise dollar amount of compensation that you and your family might receive from a claim is usually not possible at the beginning of your case but our attorneys are able to advise our clients on the range of predicted case values once all of the evidence has been assembled, we have learned the extent and long-term effects of the injury, we have reviewed all medical records and expenses, and evaluated the applicable law and the strength of the evidence.  Our attorneys fight hard on behalf of each individual client in order to maximize the value of their claims under the applicable law.

Call us Nationwide 24 hours day, 7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), call us from your cell phone by dialing #WIN (#946) or use our website’s Live Chat at Montlick.com.

Recent Vape Pen (E-Cigarette) Battery Explosion Injury Lawsuits in the News

The news these days can be overwhelming, especially in today’s political climate. As such, many news stories about lawsuits and catastrophic injuries do not receive the coverage they deserve. To learn about lawsuits and how defective products have caused so many victims substantial harm, one must do his or her own research. People typically do not become aware of lawsuits until they see a commercial on television or a posting online. E-cigarette battery explosions have been widespread and many people are not aware of the following news stories that demonstrate the severity of the problem we are facing.

In 2017, e-cigarette manufacturers faced lawsuits from injured individuals who suffered permanent injuries from exploding e-cigarette batteries. Some victims’ injuries resulted from e-cigarette batteries exploding in their mouths, and even knocking teeth out in some cases. Many other victims sustained burns to their legs, hands and groin area when the e-cigarette batteries exploded in their pockets. One victim even lost an eye from an e-cigarette battery explosion, and another victim suffered fatal injuries when shrapnel from an explosion penetrated the man’s head. As such, the injuries are wide-ranging and differ depending on where an e-cigarette battery is located at the time of the explosion.

A Gainesville, Florida man received a $2 million verdict in 2018 for his injuries relating to an e-cigarette battery explosion. The e-cigarette battery exploded in the man’s mouth, causing him to lose four teeth.

In 2018, a Kansas man filed a lawsuit that alleges a spare e-cigarette battery exploded in a front pocket of his pants. The explosion led to both chemical and thermal burns of the man’s left leg, as well as burns of both hands. Such injuries are permanent, and there is nothing that can be done to go back in time. As such, seeking compensation is the best way possible to seek retribution.

The actual number of exploding battery victims is likely much greater than the number of lawsuits that have been filed. Awareness of how rampant the problem is with defective exploding batteries will help victims understand what their legal options are and how they can move forward to hold a manufacturer accountable. 

Contact Montlick & Associates For Your Free Battery Explosion Case Review

To learn if you may be entitled to compensation for your battery explosion injuries or loved one’s wrongful death, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today for your Free Consultation.  There are Four Easy Ways to reach us: Call us Nationwide 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or from your cell phone you can dial #WIN (#946).  You can also use our Free Case Evaluation form or our 24/7 online chat at Montlick.com.  

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