Georgia Man Suffers Serious Injury When E-Cigarette Explodes in His Pocket


December 29, 2017

E-Cigarette Expolsion Injury Lawyers in Georgia

In Breman, Georgia, a young father’s life was likely forever changed when the e-cigarette he carried in his pocket spontaneously ignited. According to ABC News, a man felt a burning sensation in his pocket. Frightened, he jumped up, but flames began to soar up his pants leg as his pants were actually burned onto his leg. His hand was also burned when he reached into his pocket to throw the e-cigarette batteries onto the ground. Horrified, he noticed that when he did so, the hot batteries melted through the tile on the floor.

The man’s injuries were severe. He had third degree burns on his hand and leg, which warranted a two-week stay at the hospital. He was unable to return to work for a long while, which threatened the financial stability of his family. Sadly, his children were affected in that their father could no longer play with them the way he could before. He must now wear a glove on his hand, and he also cannot walk as well as he could before he was burned.Similar stories have been reported elsewhere.  

Smoking nicotine in any form has been linked to numerous adverse health effects, including cancer, but if you are an e-cigarette user, how can you make sure you are not burned by the device?

First, make sure that the e-cigarette you purchase is actually manufactured in the United States. E-cigarettes manufactured in the United States must meet quality control standards to verify they are safe. The vast majority of e-cigarettes—close to 90 percent—come from China, where manufacturing standards are alarmingly lax.

It is also important that you read all instructions that come with your e-cigarette. Many individuals disregard instructions, but taking just five minutes to carefully read these guidelines can save you a lot of trouble.

Be careful as to how long you hold the button on the device. This can cause the atomizer to overheat. Pushing the button for a maximum of five seconds should be more than enough. If you notice that your e-cigarette seems to be getting hotter and hotter with regular use, you may be holding the button too long.

Remember, an e-cigarette is an electronic. Therefore, keep it away from liquids. If liquids come into contact with the e-cigarette, it may spark and ignite, causing a fire. Remember this point if you must go out in rainy weather as well.

Make sure that you only use the charger that came with your device. Many reports of fires were from users who were charging their e-cigarettes with different chargers. Additionally, do not leave the e-cigarette charging unattended for an extended length of time. Charge the e-cigarette in an area that is free of clutter, since papers and cloth materials may smolder if they come in contact with a device that is overheating.

Were you injured by an e-cigarette?

If you were injured by an e-cigarette, you may be entitled to monetary compensation, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, as well as Pain and Suffering. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

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Sources:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/electronic_cigarettes.pdf
https://www.montlick.com/
http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-suffers-3rd-degree-burns-cigarette-explodes-pocket/story?id=44338642

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