Why Do E-Cigarettes Explode?
There isn’t one single factor that accounts for all e-cigarette explosions. In some cases, these devices may explode because customers use or store them unsafely.
That said, early research indicates that e-cigarette explosions tend to be the result of lithium-ion batteries overheating. In addition, it appears that factors such as poor manufacturing or fabrication methods may result in some e-cigarettes being more likely to explode than others.
The process typically begins when the battery short circuits. This allows the temperature to rise to very high levels. At a certain point, a fire or explosion may occur.
Users should also be aware that manufacturing errors or negligence aren’t always the cause of e-cigarette explosions. If a battery is exposed to too high of a voltage due to a customer using the wrong charger, an explosion could happen. Thus, e-cigarette users should always make a point of using the appropriate chargers for their devices.
Injured Due to an E-Cigarette Explosion? Understanding Your Options
Again, you might have to undergo potentially expensive medical treatment if you’re injured because an e-cigarette exploded. You might also be unable to work and earn an income during your recovery.
If the cause of the explosion was some form of negligence on the part of the product’s designers, manufacturers, or marketers, you may be able to seek financial compensation for such losses by filing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, you could sue and take them to court.
Strongly consider reviewing your case with an attorney for more information. Along with explaining whether you have a valid case, a lawyer could investigate the incident to gather evidence showing it resulted from someone else’s negligence.
At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., one of our Boston product liability and e-cigarette explosion attorneys will gladly review your case at no cost to you. If you agree to hire us, we’ll also provide you with the quality representation you deserve. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900 to request your free consultation.