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Lawsuits Filed in New York and Texas Claim Damages from Exploding E-Cigarettes

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigaretteTwo lawsuits were recently filed charging that exploding e-cigarettes caused injury to men in New York and Texas.

The separate claims showed similar patterns of damage. The New York man, Otis Gooding, suffered second and third degree burns all along his leg and his right hand when an e-cigarette exploded and began burning in his pants pocket. A surveillance video shows sparks flying as he attempts to put out the fire.

He faced a lengthy hospital stay and skin grafts. Gooding is suing both the manufacturer and the store where he bought the product.

The Texas man, Navy veteran Matthew Bonestele, suffered third degree burns to his right leg and severe damage to his right thigh. A battery, the LG Chem HG2 18650, exploded in his pocket.

Bonestele’s suit brought charges against the manufacturer, LG Chem America, Inc. for defect design and manufacture, and also for not placing warnings on the product alerting purchasers to the defect. Distributors Lightfire Group, LLC and Great Vapes LLC, where he bought the product, are also charged.

Exploding e-cigarettes: the problem continues

Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers have increasingly been shown to be very unsafe. These products, their chargers, and their batteries pose very serious risks of explosions and burns.

As evidence rises that e-cigarettes and related products are unsafe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association are increasingly considering regulation.

In 2016, the FDA was given a mandate to regulate all manufacture, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, distribution, and importation of these products.

Increasingly, specific regulations and legislation are being enacted against e-cigarette use. They are currently not allowed on checked luggage because of the risk of in-flight fire. They are also prohibited on any Navy fleet due to the risk of injury to personnel.

In April 2017, the FDA will hold a public workshop to discuss safety concerns about e-cigarettes. The results will be made public in May 2017.

If your e-cigarette explodes

The e-cigarette explosion lawyers at Edelman Krasin & Jaye believe every e-cigarette user needs to be warned about the risks and dangers posed by these products, their batteries, and their chargers.

Given the dangers reported so far, it might be prudent to stop using e-cigarettes until more regulation is forthcoming.

If you have experienced injuries from using an e-cigarette, contact our firm immediately for a consultation at no charge to you. We will discuss your legal rights to compensation under product liability law.

We recommend the following steps if you have been harmed by e-cigarettes:

  1. Keep any evidence, including the device, battery, and charger. Any burned clothing or other damaged items should be kept.
  2. Take pictures of this evidence and any injuries or other damage. Pictures should be taken as soon as possible, from a cell phone if necessary.
  3. Get all medical records pertaining to the incident.
  4. Check if surveillance video that recorded any incident is available.

Our seasoned lawyers have fought for the rights of injury victims for more than 60 years. Call us toll free to speak with a product liability lawyer now.

Additional “e-cig injury lawsuit” resources:

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Tobacco Products. Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/ucm456610.htm
  2. Villeda, Ray. “Man Injured by Exploding E-Cigarette Sues Manufacturers, NYC Shop.” NBC Channel 4, New York. April 12, 2017. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYC-Man-Injured-by-Exploding-E-Cigarette-Sues-Manufactures-Shop-419304364.html
  3. Wolf, Mackenzie. “Navy Veteran Whose E-Cigarette Exploded Files a Lawsuit.” NavyTimes, April 18, 2017. https://www.navytimes.com/articles/navy-veteran-whose-e-cigarette-exploded-files-a-lawsuit