What Are Vape Explosion Lawsuits?
While vape companies claim that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, their products may come with extra risk.
These companies may have sold defective batteries that carried a risk of explosion.
As of 2019, hundreds of batteries in vape pens have exploded without warning, harming the user and those nearby.
Injuries from vape battery explosions may include:
- Bleeding and bruising
- Broken bones and teeth
If you were harmed due to a battery explosion, you can file a lawsuit against these companies. With a lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation to cover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages if you can no longer work, and other expenses.
Quick Facts about Vape Explosion Lawsuits
- Vape battery explosion lawsuits have been reported as far back as 2013.
- The U.S. Fire Administration noted that lithium-ion vape batteries pose the greatest risk of explosion in a 2016 report.
- Other than causing harm to people, lawsuits claim that vape explosions have burned cars and clothing.
- Most of those who received compensation from a battery explosion lawsuit worked with a skilled lawyer.
How Can a Battery Explosion Lawsuit Help Me?
Battery explosions can leave you permanently scarred, disfigured, or even cause death. Through a lawsuit, you and your family may receive compensation to help pay for treatment for the harm you suffered.
For example, a California woman suffered severe burns after a vape battery exploded in her car. The explosion was so powerful that it spit fire onto her clothing, engulfing her in flames.
After filing a lawsuit, this woman was awarded $1.9 Million in 2015 for her medical expenses and pain and suffering, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While there are no guarantees regarding compensation, amounts like these have been seen in other cases where victims were harmed by vape products.
These lawsuits also send a message to vape companies who sell dangerous batteries: change needs to happen.
Until all vape products use safe batteries, they still pose a risk of explosion and injury. Thankfully, victims may be able to file a vape battery explosion lawsuit to receive compensation.
Filing a Vape Explosion Lawsuit
To file a vape explosion lawsuit, you will need to file a written complaint in a court of law that explains how you were injured and why you believe the vape company is at fault.
While you can file this complaint on your own, it is usually in your best interest to work with a lawyer. Lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to build a strong case on your behalf and properly file the lawsuit.
Without a lawyer’s help, you may make mistakes that reduce the amount of compensation you receive, or your case could be rejected completely.
Types of Vape Explosion Lawsuits
Because vape pen battery explosions can harm people in different ways, there is not a standard type of lawsuit that works best for all cases. A lawyer can help you determine which lawsuit will be appropriate for your case.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
- Who Can File?: Those injured by a vape battery explosion
- What Is its Purpose?: Award compensation to pay for medical treatment, pain, suffering, lost wages
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
- Who Can File?: Family members/loved ones of those killed by an exploding vape battery
- What Is its Purpose?: Award compensation to pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, the grief of family members
Victims can receive compensation by settling the lawsuit out of court or taking it to trial.
With a settlement, the victim receives a lump sum of compensation, and the case does not proceed to a trial. Settling a lawsuit out of court is faster, but the payout may be less than that of a lawsuit. 95% of personal injury cases are settled out of court.
In a trial, both sides present their cases before a judge and jury. Most lawyers want to avoid a trial, as they take longer, and if you lose, you may not receive compensation. In addition, if you win, the opposing side could appeal the decision later on.
Get Legal Assistance After a Vape Explosion
In 2018, a Florida man was awarded over $2.47 Million after a vape pen exploded in his face. This verdict was upheld in 2019 despite an appeal. This man had professional legal help to prove his case and receive compensation.
As incidents of vape battery explosions continue to make national headlines, anyone who uses these products should know their legal options.
You may qualify for legal assistance if a vape pen explosion harmed you. To learn more, get a free case review today.