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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New York Man Burned by Exploding Electronic Cigarette

Q: Are e-cigarettes dangerous?

While experts debate on whether inhaling the vapor of e-cigarettes is harmful, mounting allegations may support the claim that the electronic device itself could be hazardous—even when it is turned off.

Bronx personal injury attorneys are watching the story of the Westchester man who allegedly suffered first- and second-degree burns when an electronic cigarette reportedly exploded in his pocket. Many people have sued for injuries allegedly received by exploding e-cigarettes.

An e-cigarette–short for an electronic cigaretteoriginally came on the market a few years ago and was primarily used by smokers who wanted to kick the nicotine addiction as well as the tar and toxic gas exposure that is associated with regular tobacco cigarette smoking. Using e-cigarettes is referred to as “vaping”, because the e-cigarette produces a vapor-like “smoke” when the e-liquid cartridge of nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals is heated. 

Recently, the safety of vaping has been questioned and debated and some people worry of its long-term effects on teens and others who have taken up the trendy habit, assuming that it's harmless. 

In this particular case, the victim alleges that “sparks from his e-cigarette’s spare battery… burned through his pants pocket and down his pant leg” before a co-worker could tear the burning clothes from his severely burned leg. He was reportedly hospitalized and may need future skin grafts and/or other medical treatment going forward.

When someone is injured by a defective or dangerous product or one that failed to provide adequate safety warnings as to its proper use, the victim may be entitled to compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit based on the legal doctrine of product liability. In a nutshell, a manufacturer can’t put dangerous or defective products into the stream of commerce-- and if they do so and their defective product injures someone, they may be held liable for damages.

Once liability is established, the damages a victim may be entitled to may include such items as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, pain and suffering, and more. If the victim dies from their injuries, their closest surviving family members may be entitled to damages through a wrongful death action.

A Bronx personal injury attorney can help you 

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of a defective product, or in any other accident, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York. 


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