If an exploding vape pen injured you or a loved one in Philadelphia, we can help. With decades of experience handling many personal injury cases, we can fight aggressively and strategically to defend your rights as a victim against all of the parties responsible for your injury.
To discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, call the Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 246-9000.
What is Vaping?
Vaping has become the number one alternative to regular cigarettes in recent years. Since its introduction onto the market, vape pens have been purchased by millions of people around the world. Vaping refers to the vaporization and intake of nicotine-derived liquid, which is heated by coils powered by a battery. Once heated, the liquid turns to vapor that is then inhaled by the user, hence the name “vaping.”
There are other types of devices used similarly to vape pens. These are known as e-cigarettes. However, both electronic devices are built differently, and their use can also change. For instance, e-cigarettes are similar to a traditional cigarette in their size, and in some cases, their look. These devices utilize a cartridge filled with a substance known as e-liquid. Additionally, they have a battery, a coil, and a mouthpiece. When inhaling or pressing a button, the battery activates the coil which heats the liquid, turning it into vapor.
Unlike e-cigarettes, vape pens are generally bigger, sturdier and incorporate a reusable chamber that can hold just about any type of e-liquid available for vaping. Most of these devices use bigger batteries, multiple coils, and a large chamber instead of a disposable cartridge.
Why Do Vape Pen Injuries Occur?
While popular, vape pens are nothing short of dangerous to all users. There is no telling when or where an accidental explosion may happen. In fact, there have been numerous reports from injured users – also known as vapers – who have gone through the horrifying experience of an exploding vape pen.
These explosions are tied to the pen’s structure and components. Virtually every vaping pen utilizes a lithium-ion battery or batteries, which is what makes recharging possible. These batteries are generally considered the primary danger associated with vape pen explosions. For instance, if these types of batteries are poorly manufactured, improperly stored, or otherwise are made to overheat, they can explode and cause severe injuries to the user.
One of the most alarming facts is that these devices don’t need to be activated for them to malfunction or explode. There have been reports of vape pens exploding in some user’s pockets, purses, or when inhaling or vaping. Most users can’t tell the difference between a high-quality or cheap vape pen, since their appearances are similar. If an exploding vape pen hurt you or a loved one, our personal injury lawyers can help hold the liable parties accountable for your injuries.
Filing a Lawsuit for an Exploding Vape Pen Injury in Philadelphia
After experiencing a vape pen explosion, victims can suffer from a wide variety of injuries, including burns, lacerations, scarring, cracked teeth, and in more severe cases, death. You may wonder who is responsible for your accident and how you can get compensation for your losses. If a defective or poorly manufactured vape pen hurt you, you may be able to file a product liability claim.
To have a successful product liability claim, you will need to demonstrate specific elements of your case to the court. Firstly, you will need to prove the product was defective. During this stage, you can argue the product was either defectively manufactured, designed, or both. For instance, you can argue that the batteries were designed without following safety standards, which contributed to your vape pen’s explosion and subsequent injuries.
You will also need to prove that you were injured due to your pen’s malfunction and that, as a consequence of your injuries, you suffered losses for which you deserve compensation. Finally, you will need to show the court you used your product as it was intended. This is extremely important, because if you deviate from the product’s proper use, the defendant can claim they can’t be held liable for an improperly used product. A skilled, experienced lawyer can help you present your case and aggressively defend your right to the compensation you need and deserve.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Offering Free Consultations
At the Reiff Law Firm, we understand how challenging a serious injury can be for the victims and their families; this is especially true when other negligent parties cause your injuries. However, you don’t have to go through these trying times alone. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers can help you hold the liable parties accountable for your losses. Let our skilled, experienced, and dedicated lawyers work for you during this trying time. To discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation, call our law offices today at (215) 246-9000.