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E-cigarettes are very popular with people who are trying to quit smoking, and with people who want to continue to smoke but are trying to reduce the side effects to their health. Additionally, some people use e-cigarettes in places where traditional cigarettes are banned. But despite their growing popularity, e-cigarettes can also be dangerous for more than just their nicotine content. They can malfunction, which can cause explosions, fires, and severe burns. Whether they are called e-cigs, vaping devices, vapor pens, or something else, they all have the potential to cause significant personal injury.
How Do E-Cigarettes Work?
Personal injury attorneys have taken numerous cases where e-cigarettes have exploded or caught fire. The reason this happens is that the e-cigarette is designed to provide an experience that is very similar to an actual cigarette. In order to do that, the heating element inside the e-cigarette must heat the liquid that is used by these devices to a boiling point so that vapor is produced. The vapor is then inhaled by the user. To reach the right temperature quickly and properly, the heating element must have a viable source of power, which is generally a lithium-ion battery.
Why Are E-Cigarettes Exploding?
If the electrolyte fluid in the battery overheats, the battery can expand so much that it ruptures. This can cause an actual explosion, but in some cases causes a fire without that explosion. The battery is located inside a cylinder, and that tube is usually made out of a thin metal such as aluminum, or even out of plastic. When an e-cigarette explodes, the user’s hands and arms are at risk of personal injury, as are the neck and face. These are the areas where injuries most commonly occur, although e-cigarettes placed in shirt or pants pockets can also malfunction and cause harm.
Get Help for Your Personal Injury Case
If you or a loved one has been injured by an e-cigarette explosion, contact The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth at 1-888-517-9888 and get your questions answered. You may have a personal injury case and could be awarded damages. Working with an attorney familiar with these types of cases can give you the information you need, so you can decide whether to move forward with a claim. There are laws in place to protect people from dangerous or damaging products, and having a legal advocate on your side can help you receive the compensation you deserve.