E-cigarettes and vape pens have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Many prefer electronic cigarettes because they purportedly lack the dangerous side effects of tobacco and the distinct smell and taste of cigarettes while still delivering the addictive nicotine buzz that smokers seek. Though many e-cigarette companies promise a “purer” cigarette, people across the country have been put in danger by malfunctioning e-cigarettes.
The Source of Danger: Batteries
Since e-cigarettes came on the market in 2007, many smokers have been severely injured by devices that have exploded or caught fire. There are a variety of reasons these explosions occur, but the most common cause is the batteries that power the devices. The powerful lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigarettes have been known to explode or catch fire when they are overcharged or shorted out. Due to these devices being used in proximity to a person’s face, a malfunctioning battery is likely to cause severe injuries and disfigurement.
One notable recent case involving an exploding e-cigarette occurred in May 2018. Tallmadge D’Elia, a 38-year-old Floridian, was found dead in his home with a wound to his top lip and burns all over his body. According to a CNN report, D’Elia’s death was a result of an exploding e-cigarette caused by the batteries within the device.
Mr. D’Elia’s death is one of many injuries caused by faulty e-cigarette batteries. Over the last year, Pullano Law Offices has taken on multiple injury cases involving e-cigarette explosions. In order to avoid taking responsibility, battery manufacturers have made unsupported claims that the batteries in these devices are counterfeit. Our law office has done extensive research into the matter. Along with the help of the best experts in the country, Pullano Law Offices has utilized microscopic analysis to prove that the dangerous batteries are in fact manufactured by the defendants in these cases, ensuring that they are held responsible for the injuries caused by these defective products.
Contact a DuPage County Product Liability Attorney
If you have been injured by an exploding e-cigarette or faulty vape pen, it is crucial to preserve all evidence involved in the injury. Our experts can examine the faulty e-cigarette to determine what caused the explosion and establish liability by negligent manufacturers. At Pullano & Siporin, we have extensive experience in researching the causes behind these injury cases and fighting to receive compensation for the damage caused by e-cigarettes and faulty batteries. Contact a Lake County personal injury lawyer at 312-551-1100 to schedule your free consultation and learn about your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries.